Gangrene is an emotive word that, quite rightly, strikes a note of fear.

Gangrene arises in tissues that have been deprived of oxygen due to a loss of circulation from such things as frostbite, trauma, diseases that compromise the circulation, such as Buerger’s disease in smokers and diabetes, and age-related conditions such as arteriosclerosis. Blockages in arteries known as emboli are also a common cause. Prior to gangrene setting in, the tissues become painful and if not treated immediately will turn black and, mercifully, numb. This situation is known as dry gangrene, so called because it is not infected. Wet gangrene, which has a ‘wet’ appearance, is created when anaerobic bacteria invade the dead tissue. If these produce a foul-smelling gas then the condition is known as gas gangrene. Wet and gas gangrene produce toxic chemicals that will lead to septicaemia and shock.


Seek medical attention immediately.

Refer to the sections here to treat any underlying condition.

The homeopathic remedy Bothrops or Lachesis, potency 30 taken every 15min, can be used for dry gangrene whilst awaiting further medical intervention.

Echinacea and Tarantula cubensis can be used at potency 30 every 15min for wet or gas gangrene .

Surgical debridement and possible amputation may be necessary, along with antibiotics and medical wound treatment.