Traditional Chinese Medicine

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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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:

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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!