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Jun 22 2010

Free Healing Herbal Remedy for Bursitis Swelling

Published by under Ailments,Experiences,Health,Herbs

This article is about a frustrating bout I had with Bursitis on both of my elbows.   The inflammation was easy for me to solve as you will see below but the swelling was a whole other matter.   It took a technique I invented a long time ago to solve the swelling problem which worked excellently.   Herbs will always work, you just need to find the right combination and technique for the problem you have and apply it consistently.

 

Webster’s New World Medical Dictionary (bursitis definition)

Bursitis, elbow: Inflammation of the olecranon bursa, the bursa at the tip of the elbow is called the olecranon bursitis. A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that functions as a gliding surface to reduce friction between moving tissues of the body.   Bursitis is usually not infectious, but the bursa can become infected.   Treatment of non- infectious bursitis includes rest, ice, and medications for inflammation and pain. Infectious bursitis is treated with antibiotics, aspiration, and surgery.

 

There are 160 bursae in the body.   The major bursae are located adjacent to the tendons near the large joints, such as the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees.

 

What I did to Treat My Bursa

I am going to keep this article simple and to the point.   What I did to solve the bursitis swelling on both of my elbows.  

 

I am still not exactly sure what caused the bursitis I had in the first place.   There were a number of things going on at the same time and anyone of them could have caused the problem.   I was exercising using some pretty heavy weights and that may have led to the problem.   I was using a chair that was too low at my computer station and that may have led to the problem.   I was also resting my elbows at that time on the sharp edge of the retractable computer keyboard table.   And I was staying at my computer desk much too long and not getting enough sunshine which can cause a shortage of vitamin D and can lead to bone and joint problems plus I am 65 years old.   So one of the first things I did was to remove and change all of the things I was and was not doing so I could take the stress away from the elbows, rest them and get back into the sunshine.     

 

Then I went to those things that I know have a reputation of reducing inflammation and swelling and preventing infection.   I went to alternating ice and heat 3 times a day to reduce the swelling and inflammation.   I started taking extra doses of a food form of the mineral magnesium to help with the inflammation.   A food form of vitamins and minerals are important because you body cannot absorb synthetic forms properly (see my article The Truth About Vitamins).   I started taking anti-inflammatory enzymes that I use to do the same thing reduce inflammation and swelling.   The Yoga arm and shoulder stretches which I was doing I increased.   I also went to see a massage therapist to get full body massage with extra attention to the neck, shoulder and arm areas.   I started rubbing an ointment I use, which has tissue repair herbs, into my neck, shoulders and elbows.   I was doing all of these things together which are known to reduce the inflammation and swelling.  

 

Bursitis can cause infection so I brought my vitamin C levels up to ward off infection (see Orthomolecular Medicine, Dr. Klenner) and to keep my immune system strong.   I also added a herbal formula and also olive leaf that boosts the immune system  and destroys pathogens which again avoids infection reduces inflammation and of course swelling.  

 

Here are the results of all the above naturopathic medical treatments that I used.   I had no infection at all that I am aware of and the pain became minimal and so I believe the inflammation was almost completely eliminated.   But the swelling stayed exactly the same and did not appear to have been reduced one bit.   I was satisfied that I had solved most of my problem but frustrated and exasperated that the swelling was still there.  

 

It was wearisome and annoying to have this swelling as I am sure you know.  I may be 65 but I am still vain about my appearance and I am also a Naturopathic Doctor who should be able to take care of problems like this.   My left elbow from the beginning was a little smaller, about the size of a kids rubber jack ball, a little over an inch in diameter while the right elbow was bigger, the size of a ping pong ball more then 2 inches in diameter (I took photos).     I continued the use of the above program another 2 weeks but I saw no reduction in size of the swelling at all, zip.   This was completely cramping my life and it was a challenge to my skill as a Naturopathic Doctor.

 

Into the 3rd week I was considering seeing a doctor to get the fluid removed by syringe or operation.   And if you know me that is not an option I want anything to do with as I believe in “Physician heal thyself” in all its meanings.   I have not used modern medicine in any form in 20 years and I did not want to start now plus the cost.

 

The Light Goes on in My Head

That same week I was preparing some organic cayenne pepper for a tincture I was making.   It struck me that this herb increases circulation to any area it is applied to.   Well there is a powerful technique I developed to intensify this herb and any herb with it to speed up healing.   I used this technique when I dislocated my right knee in a karate accident and I also used it on my low back when I had taken a fall from a roof years ago.   Both injuries had developed into arthritis and were preventing me from working.   So I developed this herbal technique to focus the herbs into the arthritic areas of my knee and back which gave me relief and completely eliminated my arthritis (see my article, Arthritis Formula to Reduce Pain, Swelling and Increase Movement).

 

My Bursitis Herbal Remedy Technique

First I brought out the salve I mentioned above, that has the cayenne in the formula.   This salve is a combination of deep heat herbs for pain and inflammation relief and also tissue repair herbs to encourage healing of the afflicted area.    I rub it directly into the muscles or joints that suffer from injury or the pain of arthritis for relief. 

 

This is what I did for my arthritis in the past, and I was now going to apply it to my bursitis swelling.   I decided to apply it to just the left elbow first to see if it would work.   If I was doing this for the first time I would try just the ointment and then add some more cayenne if needed.   So I took some of the ointment which I am very familiar with and added more cayenne to it and took photos for before and after.   I made a paste using both powdered cayenne and the ointment together and I wanted it just hot enough that I could tolerate it.   The cayenne will not hurt you but you will feel like it is if you add too much.   I wanted it hot enough so that it would bring on a healing while moving that fluid out of the bursa and I took more photos of this process.

 

I got this paste nicely mixed up and then completely covered the bursa on my left elbow.   Now like I said, I wanted to concentrate the healing bower of the herbs in this mix.   So I wrapped the bursa and elbow in saran wrap then wrapped the elbow with an ace bandage.   This will hold the dressing in place and as I said concentrate the healing power of these herbs.   And of course I took photos of this process.

 

I could feel the heat within about 5 minutes and it climbed till it was nice and hot so I knew it was working.   Then I left the dressing with the herbs on the left elbow for three and a half hours while I attended to other things   It was late afternoon so when the time was up I removed the dressing and washed off the paste with soap and water.   Even after the paste was washed off I could still feel the heat, but after 30 minutes it was gone and I took a shower.  

 

Warning: You do not want to put any hot water on that area until the paste is washed off with soap and water and you allow a half hour to go by.   Because the hot water will magnify the heat on your skin.

 

When I woke up the next day I noticed that the skin around the bursa on the left arm was loose and the size had gone down a little.   I reapplied the paste again for the second time, same amount of cayenne to the ointment with the same dressing to concentrate it and left it on all day.   By the second day the bursa on the left elbow was noticeably smaller and I knew I was on the right track.

  

Once I saw how well it had worked for me I knew I had to demonstrate the power of this herbal technique by recording this in an article with photos so you can see what can be done.   I searched the internet before I did this to see if there were any other natural ways to reduce the size of a bursa and there was only one and from the blogs I was reading it was expensive and not very effective.  

 

Warning: I do not want anyone getting in trouble here so remember I am not a Doctor of Allopathic (modern) medicine I am a Naturopathic Doctor.   If you are having difficulty with a painful bursa, see your doctor and by all means follow his advice.  

 

If you want, show your doctor this article and get his opinion on it.   I have had many doctors who have endorsed the suggestions I have made regarding chronic illnesses like bursitis, arthritis and rheumatism.   Usually they say something like this, “I cannot see how it can hurt you so give it a try.”  

A Few Questions You May Have About This Technique

I have seen information on bursitis that said do not add heat to bursitis.   I sometimes agree with that but this is not real heat.   The capsicum in the cayenne is fooling your nerves, making them think there is heat being applied but in reality there is no heat.  

 

Won’t the cayenne injure the tissues and cause further damage?  No, even police departments are not afraid to allow their policemen to spray a very strong pepper spray directly into the eyes of someone who is resisting arrest.   They know that cayenne does not damage even the delicate tissues of the eyes.     

 

If you have any further questions email me at my website: paul@theherbprof.com

 

 

Important Note:

 

The information presented herein by The Natural Path Botanicals is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

 

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Jun 11 2010

The Truth About Cholesterol

Published by under Health,Herbs

By Dr. Kyle Christensen

In a world where good is bad and bad is good, it is important to be a little skeptical and ask the question – WHY?  The question of “WHY is my Cholesterol High?” is ignored with the assumption that it simply must be lowered.  “Here take this drug”.  Many can quote their cholesterol lab numbers and calculate ratios of HDL vs LDL, but what does it all mean?

 

In this Article you will learn:

Why Cholesterol is important, even essential?

How Cholesterol lowering drugs are harmful and really address the wrong issue?

What Cholesterol really does?

How Herbs can help with Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a type of fat that makes up our cell walls, hormones, nerves and much more. Saturated fats and cholesterol make the cell wall firm, without them all of our cells would be flabby and fluid, kind of like a big slug or earthworm.  In many cells, half of the cell membrane is made of cholesterol. About 25% of our bodies cholesterol is accounted for by the brain.  Cholesterol is vital for the development of a fetus.  Cholesterol is so important that mother’s milk provides a specific enzyme to allow the baby’s digestive tract to absorb almost 100 percent of that cholesterol, because the developing brain and eyes of an infant require large amounts of it. Children deprived of cholesterol in infancy may end up with poor eyesight and brain function.

Cholesterol is also a vital component for our nerves to function properly.  The myelin sheath around each nerve is composed of 20% cholesterol. Losing or damaging some of this myelin results in the illness multiple sclerosis.  Not enough cholesterol and your memory and mental abilities are affected. It is not surprising then to discover that people who take cholesterol-lowering drugs, soon begin to suffer from memory loss.

Cholesterol is so important to the normal functioning of our bodies that in an average person, about 85 percent of their blood cholesterol is manufactured by the body (mostly in the liver), while only 15 percent comes from food.  Regardless of how much or how little cholesterol you eat in your diet, the body will generally produce what it needs, unless of course, you take a drug that prevents the body from producing proper amounts of cholesterol or you follow a guide on how to lose cellulite.  Low cholesterol levels are shown to result in aggressive social behavior and low self-esteem.

Cholesterol is also vital in the production of the body’s hormones, primarily the adrenal and sex hormones.  Some researchers suggest that adrenal exhaustion can be greatly helped by increasing the fat and cholesterol in the diet and the much of the infertility seen today can be resolved by getting off the low-fat diet.  Women who consume a high-fat diet (of the healthy fats) are much more fertile than those who chose low-fat foods. Recent research has “discovered” that eating full-cream dairy products and a diet higher in natural fats reduces infertility in women.(Chavarro JI and others. A prospective study of dairy foods intake and anovulatory infertility. Human Reproduction, Issue 28, Feb 2007.)

Cholesterol is essential for our immune system to function properly.  LDL-cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol), the so-called “bad” cholesterol, directly binds and inactivates dangerous bacterial toxins (including the deadly MRSA [Methicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus], a common hospital infection).  People with higher cholesterol are less prone to infections or recover faster from them.

So what does cholesterol do?  The answer is plain and simple: cholesterol is a healing agent in the body. When the body has some healing jobs to do, it produces cholesterol and sends it to the site of the damage. Much of the damage to the body is on a microscopic or cellular level is a result from stress, injury or chemical exposure from our food and environment.  When the inside lining of our blood vessels are exposed to toxic chemicals, free-radicals, infectious organisms, or injury then the resulting micro-damage triggers the liver to secrete LDL-cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) to go to the area and begin the repair processes. The body cannot clear the infection, remove toxic elements or heal the wound without cholesterol and fats. In short, when we have a high blood cholesterol level, it means that the body is dealing with some kind of damage. The last thing we s! hould do is interfere with this process! When the damage has been dealt with, the blood cholesterol will naturally go down. If we have an ongoing disease in the body that constantly inflicts damage, then the blood cholesterol will be permanently high.  Which may be the case, but masking the symptom is not the answer.

Many herbs and natural remedies have an ability to reduce our blood cholesterol. How do they do it? By helping the body remove the damaging agents, be they free radicals, bacteria, viruses or toxins. As a result, the liver does not have to produce so much cholesterol to deal with the damage. At the same time herbs and other natural remedies help to repair these microscopic wounds. When the wound heals there is no need for high levels of cholesterol anymore, so the body cleans up and removes the debris in the form of HDL-cholesterol or so-called “good” cholesterol. This is why herbs and other natural remedies increase the level of HDL-cholesterol in the blood.

So in short, cholesterol is one of the most important substances in the body. We cannot live without it, let alone function well. The profit driven diet and pharmaceutical industries have unjustly vilified this essential substance. However, science is finally showing irrefutable evidence that cholesterol has been mistakenly blamed for the crime just because it was found at the scene.

The solution to high cholesterol is not to go after the cholesterol directly to simply lower it, but to heal the body so that the symptom of high cholesterol is no longer necessary.  By nourishing, building and supporting the natural healing processes of the body, we not only become healthier, but cholesterol levels normalizes, the blood pressure returns to healthy balance and we restore energy and vitality that may have alluded us.  When the body is healthy, the need to cover up symptoms is not necessary.

Here are some recommendations:

Diet

  • Eat healthy whole natural foods
  • Avoid processed foods as they are loaded with chemicals that stress the liver and increase free-radical damage (which causes your cholesterol to rise to heal the damage).
  • Get off the sugar – too much sugar and too high of insulin results in inflammation and causes cholesterol to rise.  Strictly avoid all foods and drinks with high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Eat healthy fats and food high in cholesterol such as eggs, fish, butter, olive oil, coconut oil, whole milk and other animal fats.  Remember quality is everything.  Eat organic and avoid foods grown with chemicals, hormones and drugs like antibiotics.  This means you may have to pay a little more for grass-fed beef, hormone-free chicken, organic farm-fresh eggs and raw whole milk.
  • Avoid low-fat processed foods, especially those containing canola, soy or other processed oils.  You will probably need to start making your own salad dressings. (Yum!)
  • Get enough Vitamin D3 – either from sunshine or supplement
  • Eliminate soft drinks from your diet, including diet sodas, which contain health-damaging aspartame. WaterSoftenerMaestro recommends to drink filtered water instead.
  • Stay away from the excitotoxin monosodium glutamate (MSG) used in some restaurants and to enhance the flavor of processed foods.  MSG is very damaging in many ways.
  • Scrupulously avoid trans fats, which cause cancer, trigger type-2 diabetes, interfere with immune function, and cause heart disease.

Exercise has also shown to have a direct positive effect on our cholesterol.  Primarily because the body that exercises regularly, is healthier, stronger and more resistant to injury, trauma and disease. 

Herbal Remedies can be powerful tools in building and supporting the body so that symptoms such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure are not necessary.  At Western Botanicals our products are made with great care and attention to detail.  We make everything in small batches to ensure that our high standards and demands for purity and effectiveness are maintained.  Only the very best ingredients are used because we use these supplements for ourselves, our families and friends. 

Herbal Supplements to consider:

Heart Formula 

This potent formula is designed to provide the nutrients and support to build a healthy circulatory system.  It increases the oxygen carrying capacity of the red-blood cells and supports better artery and venous flow.  High cholesterol and triglycerides are normalized because the body is restored to health.

Hawthorn Berry Syrup

Medical research has shown that hawthorn will build and strengthen weak or damaged heart tissue by allowing oxygen to be better utilized by the heart muscle. This tasty syrup is very popular with people who may experience arrhythmia’s, congestive heart problems, angina, and exertion related fatigue.

Earth’s Nutrition

Nourish and support the rebuilding of healthy cells with these nutritious super foods.

Anti-Inflammation Formula

Fights free radical damage by improving the natural anti-inflammatory function of the body. Heart health, healthy blood pressure and cholesterol are all benefits of this product.

Cayenne: the great circulation herb strengthens, tones as well as acts as a catalyst for other nutrients and building blocks for tissue repair. Capsaicin, one of the active ingredients in cayenne, is known for its beneficial effects on cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, weight loss, lung congestion, and even cancer.

Garlic: reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure, lowering the bad LDL cholesterol and keep blood thin – reducing the risk of blood clots and stroke.

Turmeric: promotes wound healing. Turmeric promotes cardiovascular health along with guest bars, where to buy quest bars. A clinical studies show that turmeric lowers cholesterol and triglycerides levels in nearly all cases. Patients reported reduced angina.

The good news is that we now understand why heart disease is our nations number one killer.  And with this knowledge we can enjoy foods that we may have been avoiding (such as eggs, bacon, beef, coconut oil and whole milk) that are actually healthy for you.  It really looks like the old time farmers diet was really healthy after all.

Blessings in Health,

Dr. Kyle Christensen
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