Acupuncture

Health Review: Herbalogic Chinese Herb Drops

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Herbalogic produces and sells Chinese herb drops in formulations designed to ease allergies, back pain, stress, and insomnia, among others. They taste fine and work as promised!

5/5 Stars

I am a firm believer in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Nothing has helped me feel better more than my regular acupuncture and cupping treatments at City Acupuncture (especially since I can go Sunday morning and relax all day after), and my yin-strengthening Chinese herbal tablets.

So I was pretty excited when the folks at Herbalogic contacted me to try some of their Chinese Herb Drops. I requested Easy Breather, which is geared towards folks with seasonal allergies and sinus issues, and Back In Action, which helps with minor muscle and back pain after exercise, and chronic minor pain from arthritis.

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Herbalogic was founded by two Austin, TX-based acupuncturists after they complete their training at Chengdu University. The supplements are made from herbs sourced directly from small farmers in China, except for the American Ginseng. The herbs are in a base of water, alcohol, and glycerin. You simply shake the bottle and put some drops into room temperature water to drink 1-3 times a day. That's it!

The formulas are no joke. Easy Breather contains many fruits and budding flowers, as well as cicada moult (yes, you read correctly - the chitin skeleton left when the cicada nymph moults) which, according to my acupuncturist, has a cooling, soothing, anti-inflammatory effect.

I recently started suffering from bad seasonal allergies, which only become manageable with steroid nasal spray, anti-histamine, and pseudo-ephedrine (decongestant). With the Easy Breather I seem to be able to go longer periods before needing any pills, so that is worth a lot.

Back In Action contains, among its over twenty herbs, flowers, and roots, deer antler, which helps nourish and protect our bones, blood, and joints, as well as many cooling, anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Like most people, fitness professionals included, I have occasional flare ups of old injuries that leave me in some muscle pain. And, frankly, I usually take naproxyn for that (generic Aleve). Back In Action works as well, and about as quickly, with much less stomach irritation.

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Both of these formulas are very Yin (sweet, cooling), since us folks who tend to suffer from inflammatory symptoms are typically very Yang. I can easily tolerate the taste, but for some it may take some getting used to.

Have you tried TCM? Has it worked for you? Tell me about it!

 

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TCM Bone Knitting Pills

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On My Experience With Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Bone Knitting Pills...

When I heard that my bone pieces in my crushed left big toe weren't healing and knitting as they should, I asked my acupuncturist for a TCM herbal preparation to assist bone knitting. He recommended the Zheng Gu Tui Na line of products, developed specifically for sports medicine injuries.

I dutifully trucked over to Kamwo Pharmacy in Chinatown to pick up three weeks worth of Bone Kinitting Pills - Late Stage.

The Ingredients:

Bone Knitting Herbs

Now, the recommended dose is two pills per day taken with warm water. They are supposed to be chewable, but my one attempt to chew resulted in my almost upchucking the entire thing. I decided instead to break them into little pellets and swallow like pills, which turned two pills into about sixteen.

The pills are like egg yolks!

Pills are huge!

I will find out next Friday how my toe is doing. Please send reiki, good thoughts, and lots of healing! Thanks!

 

On the Road to Wellness: Acupuncture

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On the Road to Wellness: I Can Finally Say that I am Feeling Better and Acupuncture Helped!

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Perhaps you read my recent post, Fitness Pros Get Tired Too, about my struggles with just plain exhaustion and adrenal fatigue. Suffice it to say that after moving to Manhattan and dealing with aging parents, hubby's depression, hormonal imbalances, and the concurrent weight gain and irritability that resulted, I was a hot mess - fat, tired, bloated, depressed, and pissy as hell. Seriously, I am amazed that I pulled it together for my clients' sessions (which of course I did, being the pro that I am).

It's been about a month, and after making a few changes I am feeling much better. In my next posts I will focus on what specific things I have added that have really helped me get my energy back.

Acupuncture

I love acupuncture. There were times at Parrot Cay where I would have been in such worse pain were it not for acupuncture. Falling on my unstable SI joint, breaking my finger and injuring my ulnar nerve in a boat accident, and shingles on my sciatic nerve (yes, you read that right; if karma's true, then I was a massive pain in someone's a** in a previous life) would have all been much worse without the care I received from Hashi, Nobue, and then Yuki.

After hearing lots of the teachers at Real Pilates discussing going to City Acupuncture and reading their fab Yelp reviews, I decided to go. Hubby was all in favor, and that clinched it. They are right down the street from me at Fulton & Nassau, are open seven days a week, and treatments can cost as little as $35 with a package of five.

The treatment area is communal. The huge, high-ceilinged space is divided by screens and contains about 15 treatment tables. Lights are dimmed, there is meditation music on an ipod, and there are baskets underneath the table for your stuff. I wear comfy clothes so they can roll up pant legs and shirt arms, or even do a belly button point. At first I had a few different people, including Terri and Bob, who were all good; but now that I go at the same time every week, I have the same person, Craig Wong - young, mellow, kind, and really good at what he does.

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He looks at my tongue, checks my pulse, asks me a few questions about my sleep, body temperature, and general state of being, and then places the needles. Since I tend to get cold, he puts a light foil emergency blanket over me so as to not disturb the needles (if it's really cold he turns on the electric blanket under me as well), and then lets me rest until I need to leave. There is nothing better than resting with acupuncture needles for an hour or more on a Sunday. Really.

Anyway, the acupuncture has helped me sleep better, regulate my body temperature, and make better food choices. Between the acupuncture and the Ortho Molecular Adapten-All supplement I started taking, I am sleeping better. That alone is giving me more energy to exercise, and the combination of everything is giving me more energy, better ability to focus, and the newly re-found ability to make good food choices (you mean chicken liver on buttered toast isn't good for me?) through The Digest Diet: The Best Foods for Fast, Lasting Weight Loss. Yes, sometimes even a pro needs some assistance.

In the coming days I will talk more about my experiences with Adapten-All and The Digest Diet, and my slow but steady recovery from adrenal fatigue.