This is gentle reminder to take care of yourself properly and do not read blogs such as mine for treatment suggestions. I’m not offering advice, I’m responding to a blog entry of a long time friend. Please remember to speaking with a knowledgeable person before trying supplements and herbs. You will cause more damage to an already upset living situation if you introduce a contradictory herb or supplement to your health profile. Those with a chemical imbalance in the brain or otherwise, those with an autoimmune disorder, diabetes, kidney or liver damage and those with digestive issues should be very, very careful when introducing supplements without proper information. Supplements and herbs are medicine. Please respect them as such.
I’m attempting to manage life with herbs, roots and movement. At times it helps but there are flares that seem to last forever. Still, I’ve made the beneficial choice to be 99% narcotic free. There are times when a narcotic is needed and I’ll take it. In my typical fashion of documenting things, I’ve written down the 3 times that a narcotic was used and the amount. I also use art and what I call Tea Time to manage life with multiple chronic illnesses. Here are some of the other items in my medical treasure chest that have proven helpful.
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1. I’ve been using ginger and turmeric teas on a daily basis. This has to be done with food because they’ll mess up your stomach.
2. I use green tea and different roots instead of commercial blood thinners.
3. I use fresh garlic, quality cinnamon and raw organic honey to support my immune system.
4. I have a time daily when I sit down and relax quietly. I call this Tea Time.
5. I do daily exercises, stretches and yoga which are specific to my issues. These stretches have been shown to me during an in person physical therapy sessions.
6. I’ve reduced the amount of time I wear my TLSO brace because the brace can make the back muscles weak if worn too often.
However, I think the biggest assistance for me is my medicinal teas and the knowledge I’ve gained from a professional who has shown me how to use them. I’ve had an allergic reaction to one tea that put me in the hospital so I stay away from it and those like it, however, for the most part I find teas, tinctures and herbs to be helpful and legal.