Allergy and Headache Support
Do you or anyone you know suffer with allergies at this time of year? One of the best remedies for allergies is to use neti and nasya daily, which only takes a few minutes a day.
Performing neti and nasya regularly will clear sinus congestion, relieve allergies and help with mental focus, headaches and stiffness in the neck and shoulders.
- Step 1: Neti: irrigate your nasal passages with Neti Salt in warm water in a Neti Pot to flush impurities and relieve congestion.
- Step 2: Nasya: lubricate and protect your nasal passages with our Organic Nasya Oil.
Learn how to relieve allergies with herbs, diet and lifestyle choices.
A Home Treatment for Pain!
This past December I experienced a basketball injury to my lower back that had sidelined me until a few weeks ago. I had been trying everything from massage to chiropractic adjustments, deep tissue work, herbs and more. While I always seemed better for a day or two, I was nowhere near ready to step back on the basketball floor. I would have days where I would hobble from patient to patient and I was wondering if the old age thing had finally set in.
Now many of you know I am a chiropractor and pride myself in getting my patients better and out of my office in just three visits. As a result of this philosophy I have worked with many professional athletes over the years, including being the Chiropractor for the New Jersey Nets in the NBA for 2 years.
I spend a half an hour with each patient working on their soft tissue injuries. When a muscle is injured or over used it will go into spasm – we have all felt the wrath of muscle spasms. Well, when a muscle goes into spasm it tightens and squeezes out the blood supply from that muscle.
Lack of Blood Flow Creates Painful Fibrous Tissue
The muscles’ response to not having adequate blood due to the spasm is to lay down a protective tissue that doesn’t use blood – this is called scar tissue or fibrous tissue. It is kind of like if you don’t water your lawn you will get crab grass. Crab grass is a tough version of grass and the body makes its own tough version of soft tissue called fibrous tissue.
When the muscle spasms, it compromises blood supply to the muscle and the joint, then the fibrous tissue sticks or glues the muscle spindles together and makes it more difficult for the muscle to slide and contract. Now with each forced contraction and muscle movement, the muscles’ newly laid fibrous tissue is torn and the muscle inflames and pain ensues. These now very tight muscles attach to the associated joints. The natural joint play that pumps blood into the joint capsule is lost the tighter the muscle becomes. Remember, the blood is the lubricant for the muscles and joints. The joint lays down fibrous tissue, the joint play is lost, and with each movement the joint is irritated and inflamed.
The Best Therapies Break Down Fibrous Tissue and Reinstate Blood Supply to the Joint and Muscle
In my practice I use a deep tissue technique where I release the fibrous tissue that has glued the muscle spindles together and bring optimal blood flow to the joints and muscle. I do many phone consults for my patients and I am always on the look out for herbs that will accomplish this release of the scar tissue and reinstate optimal blood flow to the muscle and joint. For years I have had good success with herbs like Boswellia Joints Plus and MSM (which you can read about on my website) because they don’t just remove symptoms of pain – they increase blood flow that removes fibrous tissue build up. But I needed something that would work in conjunction with the herbs that I could use locally on the painful joint to elicit a more instant result like I give manually in my office.
Home Pain Support
I was sent some samples of the Chinese herbal pain patches FASTT and WHITEE to try out. They sat on my desk for two weeks until – during one of my hobbling back pain days – I stuck one on my lower back and forgot about it. That evening I went to my son’s soccer game and my 5 year old daughter and 8 year old son asked me to race them. Now I had been out of commission since December. I said, “Sure I’ll race you.” For the first time in months I ran without pain and actually won the race. Now, I know beating a 5 and 8 year old may seem silly, but for me in my creaky joints I was able to run. I still felt stiff but I was impressed.
I was so amazed I put some patches on my two older boys who were complaining of injuries and was equally impressed. My 17 year old son had a knee injury that I treated 3 times and couldn’t help. For me that is a big deal – when I was with the Nets I treated knees everyday for 2 years. I feel VERY confident on my ability to fix a knee in just a couple of visits. I struck out with my son and said why not try this patch. Two days later he said, “Hey dad what’s in those patches – my knee is like 70% better”. Well that was a good question. What is in these patches? Chinese medicine, like Ayurveda, is not about masking the pain but about increasing blood flow.. As I described, the cause is the lack of adequate blood supply to the muscle and joint and the build up of movement compromising fibrous tissue.
These herbal patches use herbs that:
- Break up scar tissue
- Improve micro-circulation to the joint
- Increase lymph drainage away form the joint
This is accomplished through a trans-dermal patch with deep tissue penetration
There are two types. One is called the FASTT Patch for muscle strains and the WHITEE patch for chronic issues of the joints. Apply the patch at the center of the involved area and leave it on for 2 days. Most pains are dealt with using 3 patches over an 8-10 day period. (2 days on with the patch and 1- day off, repeat 2 more times). Take no anti-inflammatories during this time.