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ImageLariAnn
Feb 3, 2010 9:00 PM CST
Name: LariAnn Garner
south Florida, USA
When in doubt, do the cross!
Thanks for coming by! Here you are welcome to share your experiences with alternative medicine and alternative health maintenance. Please respect the feelings of others and refrain from any posting which could be taken as judgemental or that would tend to devalue a poster's personal experiences. We are all here to share and learn in an open, accepting environment.
Imagewren
Feb 3, 2010 9:35 PM CST
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
I do go to a acupuncture It works for some things but not others. The hardest part is laying still all that time. My noise always starts to itch.
ImageAnnaZ
Feb 4, 2010 11:14 PM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
I also go to an acupuncturist/traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner. I love the acupuncture sessions........it is one whole hour to myself with NOBODY bothering me for ANYTHING!!! LOL I started visiting one for help with my "female issues"......hot flashes, etc. She has helped tremendously. I still get spells where I get really warm and want a VERY cold drink RIGHT NOW! but all in all, much, much better.
Imageeweed
Feb 5, 2010 12:31 AM CST
Name: ernie weed
Everson Wa.
I tried it out and it did not help. Ten sessions and no joy. Then she gave me or I should say sold me some China medicine which made me very sick at my tummy.

Linda went first and it helped her back pain. She also went for something else and that did not work.

Guess you will just have to try it to see if it helps you.
Imagevic
Feb 5, 2010 3:37 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I do some alternative lifestyles as well as alternative medicine.

I'm a 12 year cancer survivor and was treated in the traditional western method - lumpectomy, 34 treatments of radiation. After the shock, etc., we decided to clean up our lifestyles.

I'm not vegan and I don't eat raw but do eat much healthier than I used to.

I eat as much organic as I can find and afford. I grow a lot of our own veggies. I plan to grow wheat grass and use it in my smoothies or juice drinks.

I juice and would love to eat more alkaline than I do.

We take several vitamins/supplements that help our immune system and general health.

I no longer do things like soda and junk food usually only happens when I'm in a foul mood which isn't often *Blush*

I have an Ayurvedic cookbook which is very interesting.

A couple years ago, after working in the water garden all day, the bone that runs along the inside of my arm formed a knot and I could barely use my hand. If I put a brace on it, it was fine but then I also went to the health food store and bought rhus toxicodendron and took it in pill form and the swelling went down immediately. It's actually made from poison ivy which I'm highly allergic to but I did not have any adverse reaction to it.

Last year, I started getting a head cold and did the following for one week and it never developed into anything and went away. I bought all this at the health food store:

I upped my garlic tabs which I take every other day anyway.

I took Oil of Oregano tabs 3 times a day.

I put "warmed" garlic ear oil in my ears with cotton

I used a throat spray called Propolis & Herbs that had tea tree oil in it.

I put grapefruit seed extract in my juice each day.

I will do anything I can to NOT take traditional antibiotics.

I also use organic toothpaste.

If I eat clean 5 out of 7 days I'm happy. Rolling my eyes.

vic



ImageLariAnn
Feb 5, 2010 6:59 PM CST
Name: LariAnn Garner
south Florida, USA
When in doubt, do the cross!
Vic,
Good for you! I don't know if anyone is able to do 100% unless they were brought up that way, what with all the advertising and news pushing the medical industry model and acceptability of the junk/fast food lifestyle.

I've been vegetarian for over 30 years and very rarely get even a cold. I might see a doctor for a checkup once every 10 years, whether I need it or not. Lately, I've been using colloidal silver, MMS and Emergen-C along with my regular organic vitamins.

A few months back I had a particularly severe episode of what I thought was IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and at about that time, was told of a good chiropractor and an acupuncturist by a friend. To make a long story short, I went to both and haven't had a problem in the bowels since. Seems what was the problem was not IBS, but a possible liver problem. But it is all OK now and I'm in maintenance mode.
meickle2003
Feb 6, 2010 5:36 AM CST
Name: Mickey Oswald
Chillicothe, IL
Have a wonderful day!
I think it is wonderful the changes you all have made to improve your life. I do acupuncture also and gain a lot of relief from it. I have multiple pain issues including fibromyalgia and degenerative disc and joint disease. I had gastric bypass surgery on August 31 and have made many changes in my diet. I no longer drink any type of carbonated beverages, and I eat a lot more vegetables. I eat fewer meats as my stomach does not do well with some of them. I get most of my protein requirements from protein shakes and the beans that I eat. I have been one of the lucky ones that can do dairy, lots of bypass people cannot tolerate dairy.

I would love to hear more about changes you have made to relieve your symptoms.

Mickey
cando1
Feb 8, 2010 1:13 AM CST
Name: Vickie Speaks
Ozone Arkansas
I've worked in the medical field and decided several years ago. I needed to turn to more traditional medicine. I take valerian root for my nerves as well as drink herbal teas. Have just started St Johns wort for depression.I'm still taking Glipiside for diabetis, Would change that too if i could find an alternative. This is the med that gave me congestive Heart Failure.
Tho i don't all the time, I have always tended to eat alot of veggies and simple foods. UH! i guess bisquits and gravy are'nt considered healthy.lol
Vickie
meickle2003
Feb 8, 2010 10:44 AM CST
Name: Mickey Oswald
Chillicothe, IL
Have a wonderful day!
Vickie, I have been doing some reading online about the use of cinnamon for diabetes. I was taking it before my gastric bypass surgery and it was reducing my daily readings and also my A1c. It might be something for you to try, they may be able to reduce or discontinue your Glipiside.

My Tai Chi leader was sick all week last week so we did not have class, I hope that doenst happen this week. I miss our sessions when we dont have them. I practice at home as much as I can remember and it is making a difference with my balance and stamina.

Does anyone here have any suggestions for the control of chronic pain? I have tried acupuncture and do Tai Chi, I would like to find something to use so that I do not have to take the morphine.

Mickey
cando1
Feb 8, 2010 7:58 PM CST
Name: Vickie Speaks
Ozone Arkansas
Thanks for the info Mickey, And i do love cinnamin. I may put it in a salt shaker and shake away.
The NAUHS channel 2511 on Dish network has TAI CHI lessons.
The only thing i know for chronic pain is hypnosis and self hypnosis.
My DD has to take morphine for pain also.
Vickie
ImageLindaTX8
Feb 8, 2010 10:56 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
If you're going to use quite a bit of cinnamon, be careful. There's a substance, coumarin, in cinnamon, especially the cassia cinnamon (which is almost all of the cinnamon sold here in the US). I'd switch to Ceylon cinnamon, which is safer, if it was me. I'm having trouble with my knee for the last 3 or 4 months. It gets really stiff and a bit uncomfortable. For about a month, I haven't really been able to get it feeling normal for more than a day at a time, in spite of using heating pads and NSAID products. Now I'm taking Glucosamine Chondroitin...too early to really know if it will help much. I'm over 60, so I guess it's an arthritic condition.
mermaid
Feb 9, 2010 1:01 AM CST
If you are looking for blood sugar control, you may want to do some research on the herbs listed below. I've provided some basic links to help you identify the herb. We use herbs in combination formulas customized for the individual's personal constitution.
An example of basic combination for blood sugar control would be a mixture of Gymnema, fenugrek, bitter melon and tumeric along with some digestive herbs like ginger and black pepper. Working with a trained herbalist would be best. If you chose to experiment on your own, please be sure you monitor your blood sugar closely and can/will recognize the signs of low blood sugar.


Gurmar, aka Gymnema sylvestre
http://www.himalayahealthcare.com/herbfinder/h_gymnem.htm
The common name Gurmar translates to "sugar killer". If you take this herb in a liquid or powder form, it will block your ability to taste anything sweet for ~30-60 minutes, so you'll want to take it well before you eat, or in between meals.

Methi, aka Fenugrek
http://www.florahealth.com/flora/home/canada/healthinformati...
Fenugrek makes a tasty tea as well. You can also sprout it and add it to your salads.

Karavela, aka Karela or Bitter Melon
http://www.rain-tree.com/bitmelon.htm
Bitter melon is more effective when combined with fenugrek.
ImageButterflyChaser
Feb 9, 2010 7:42 PM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
Cando, to help control blood sugar, there are several things you can do. One, of course, is add more exercise to your day. Another is to get enough sleep. Lack of sleep causes stress for the body, the production of stress hormones and affects the blood sugar.

Add in cinnamon as well as ginseng. I take these in pill form. My endocrinologist actually recommended it for me to control my diabetes.

New research is showing that dark chocolate may help with glucose too, believe it or not. Someone did a study in which people in high stress jobs were given one-half of a dark chocolate candy bar about 10 a.m. and the other half about 3 p.m. The chemicals in the chocolate lowered their stress hormones and lowered their glucose levels. They believe that over time, the dark choc also encourages the body to be more responsive to insulin. But the key is moderation--only half a candy bar in the a.m. and the other half in the p.m.--not a whole box of chocolate. LOL

And let me recommend massage. Again, massage reduces the stress hormones, which can also reduce belly fat, since the stress hormones cause belly fat to accumulate. And massage helps the muscles utilize the glucose somehow instead of it just floating around in the arteries. I've started having regular massages and just within in the hour long massage, my glucose drops 40 points! Massage also helps relieve depression by increasing the body's production of serotonin (the happy chemical). A lot of people eat the wrong foods when depressed, so reducing depression could reduce food intake and thus decrease glucose levels and even weight gain.

I'm sorry, I can't quote the sources where I get all this info. I subscribe to a lot of health newsletters and get a lot of info from my endocrinologist. But I hope this info helps.
ImageButterflyChaser
Feb 9, 2010 7:49 PM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
Mickey, if possible, find a good masseuse and begin getting regular massages. Studies show that massage helps produce serotonin in the body--the happy chemical. The serotonin helps reduce pain sensitivity. So not only are massages soothing, but they actually cause your body to produce a vital chemical to help control pain.

I have osteoarthritis. During warm weather I'm fine. But we're having a harsher than normal winter and I'm in a lot of pain in my spine and hips. My masseuse is wonderful. The massage I had last week was wonderful. She had me lie on a long heating pad while she worked my neck and shoulders. By the time I turned over on my stomach, my back already felt much better just from the heat.

I started out doing massages once a month, but this last time, I only waited two weeks and found my muscles really appreciate the greater frequency. So I've already scheduled another appt for Thurs, only a week since my last treatment. I'm going to go every week for a few weeks, until spring is here. Pain tends to make me irritable and depressed, and the massages help tremendously to relieve both.

If you try it, let us know how it works for you. Not all masseuses are the same, so try several before you decide on one. And be vocal about how much pressure they apply. Some are too rough, some are too soft, but most will adjust the pressure as you require if you speak up.
ImageAnnaZ
Feb 9, 2010 10:54 PM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Butterfly chaser, have you ever had a hot stone massage? A good one is to die for.
Imagevic
Feb 10, 2010 6:34 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Ditto on the hot stone massage. Definitely to die for Sticking tongue out

vic
ImageAnnaZ
Feb 10, 2010 7:05 AM CST
Name: Anna Z.
Monroe, WI
Key word there is "good".
ImageButterflyChaser
Feb 10, 2010 9:40 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
I had one last week, and it was all right, but I prefer a deeper massage. Maybe she didn't do it right? Tomorrow, I'm just going to have a regular massage. I'm trying a 30 minute massage once a week for a few weeks, to get me thru winter. This cold weather really makes my back ache. Once it warms up, I'll be fine. I was doing an hour a month, but I hurt so much between the sessions.
meickle2003
Feb 10, 2010 10:53 AM CST
Name: Mickey Oswald
Chillicothe, IL
Have a wonderful day!
Hhhhhmmmm, that sounds pretty good. I will have to try that.

I have been doing pool exercises and walking in the pool then going in the sauna and the whirlpool and this regimen every other day seems to help some too.

I have osteoarthritis in both knees, the right hip and all through my spine as well as having fibromyalgia so I am always looking for new things to help, thanks for the input.

Mickey
ImageButterflyChaser
Feb 10, 2010 11:52 AM CST
Name: NancyAnn
Jonesboro Ark
I have osteoarthritis in my spine and this winter has really been hard on me. I even had to take aleve today, which doesn't relieve the pain, but does dull it some. I'll be fine once spring arrives, but the cold really does a number on me. The massages really help a lot! I'm glad I found this masseuse. I think the large heating pad she has me lie on helps a lot. So if you have a massage, ask if they have one.

And try the hot stone treatment too. You might like it. I liked the one I had all right, but it wasn't as wonderful as Anna says it should be. You do need to keep letting them know if the stones are too hot. They lose some sensitivity to them as they work with them so it may not seem hot to them in their palms, but it might against your back. My masseuse was good about cooling it off it was too hot, which it was only once during my hour-long session.

I think most masseuses charge about $1/min for the massages (so $60 for an hour basically). Insurance may cover part of it if you have insurance. I don't. I've decided I want more frequent massages but can't afford a full hour each week, so I've cut it down to 30 minutes, so I can do it weekly. To start out, you might want to do a couple of full hour sessions, one or two weeks apart. As you loosen up, you might be able to shorten the sessions but increase the frequency. The reports I read said just a 30-minute massage will work all the miracles I talked about in my previous post. So after tomorrow's session, I'll let you know how the 30 min. session works for me.

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