Grandma’s methods: why do i need an iodine grid?
Older people remember that in childhood, with bruises or colds, mothers painted a grid on their body with iodine. And today, many have not refused such treatment. And what helps (and does it help) iodine grid? In what cases can it be useful?
The most common way to use iodine is to treat the skin around the wound, cut. In this way, the injuries are disinfected so that pathogens do not penetrate the wound.
However, iodine has other remarkable properties: it
relieves inflammation, penetrating into the depths of tissues and destroying pathogenic bacteria;
heats the tissue due to irritation of the skin receptors and increased blood circulation in the area of application.
It is on the last two qualities of iodine that the effect produced by the iodine network is based.
Who and when came up with the iodine mesh treatment
This method, called iodotherapy, was proposed by I.S. Kolbasenko, a doctor from St. Petersburg. It was more than 100 years ago, at the very beginning of the XX century. Iodine has been used as an antiseptic since the beginning of the 19th century, but Kolbasenko went further. He suggested that iodine, penetrating deep into the tissue, acts on pathological processes, stopping them. So there was iodotherapy – a new direction in treatment at that time.
Today, official medicine does not recognize the effectiveness of the use of iodine therapy. But it can be beneficial in some situations. The main thing is to draw the grid correctly.
How to make an iodine grid
For the mesh, take a 5% iodine solution. A cotton swab is dipped in a bubble (you can match with a cotton swab) and carefully draw lines with it – horizontally and vertically, forming squares with a side of about a centimeter.
Iodine mesh must be applied with a cotton swab
Before the first application, it is necessary to check whether the patient has allergies to iodine. To do this, carry out a stick with iodine on the forearm (inner side) and wait 20-30 minutes. If there are no unpleasant consequences (redness, rashes, blisters), you can make a grid.
It is better to carry out this procedure in the evening, before bedtime. The skin should be dry, intact.
How often can iodine mesh be made? Do not get too carried away, a week two or three times is enough.
What will iodotherapy help from?
Hematomas with bumps and bruises
A grid of iodine will help remove the bruise after an injury. But you can not use it right away. First, cold is placed on the injured area so that the swelling is gone. And only the next day you can draw a grid. Otherwise, the edema will not resolve – iodine prevents this.
The hematomas formed during the injection are applied immediately.
From a runny nose, a mesh is drawn on the nose, capturing the nose bridge and nose wings. Just keep in mind that the skin is thin, and should be drawn with light lines and very carefully so as not to burn the skin.
With colds, the net on the legs also helps, more precisely on the feet and calves.
To alleviate the condition with an unproductive (dry) cough, you can draw a grid on the chest.
In the case of varicose veins, the iodine network allows you to remove puffiness, reduce pain and relieve fatigue from the legs.
With varicose veins, the iodine network will help relieve swelling
A grid of iodine relieves pain and reduces the inflammatory process in the joint. Before applying iodine, it is recommended to steam the joint.
Muscle pain, back
A grid on the back is drawn by placing lines parallel to the spinal column. The mesh will help relieve muscle pain.
Iodine also helps with other ailments:
Is it possible to make an iodine grid for children during pregnancy?
In babies, the skin is exceptionally delicate and easy to burn. Therefore, do not use iodine in a child younger than three years.
As for pregnancy, it is better to do without iodine nets. If you do make them all the same, then be very careful, making sure at first that iodine itself does not cause adverse reactions (even if before there were no problems with it). And it is advisable to consult a doctor before this.
When the iodine grid turns out to be harmful
1. An absolute contraindication is hypersensitivity to this substance. If rashes, redness, blisters appear on the skin or you feel a lack of air, your head is spinning, then iodotherapy is contraindicated for you.
2. You can not use iodine therapy for diseases of the thyroid gland, when the production of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism) is increased.
Do not use iodine at high temperatures.
3. It is forbidden to use iodine if the temperature is increased (more than 38 degrees), as it will become even higher.
4. Iodine should not be applied to irritated skin.
5. It is forbidden to draw a grid in the area of the heart.
6. Do not apply iodine with a large stain – you can burn the skin.
Does the grid help with iodine deficiency?
Official medicine clearly answers – no. Firstly, too little iodine is absorbed to help overcome iodine deficiency. And secondly, there is no scientific evidence for this.