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Exogen and TCM Are Working

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My Exogen Bone Stimulator and TCM are working - just four more weeks!

English: Planes of human anatomy.

You may have read my post from a few weeks ago when I first received my Exogen 4000 Bone Growth Stimulator. It's been four weeks, and yesterday I visited with the podiatrist to review new x-rays.

One of the problems with broken bones is that you cannot see the signs of healing. My toe is still swollen, still gets red at the end of a few hours on my feet, and my toenail is just gross. So whether I still had (as the doctor called it) "mush" for a distal phalange or knitting bone, I still saw and felt the same big toe.

So we sit down, and he pulls up an x-ray that looks horrible - still lots of pieces. We were disheartened until the doc says, "This was your LAST x-ray." Breathe huge sigh of relief. Then he opens the new x-ray.

What a difference! Only a few big pieces instead of many small ones, and those big pieces are knitting!

No pain on squeezing my toe, or on plantar/dorsal flexion. Still pain on weight bearing with flexion.

So, just four more weeks of twice daily Exogen and the boot (which I just had resoled).

I was told to bring stiff soled shoes (including left) to next visit on 9/27. So happy!

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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!