Sunday, April 17, 2011

No medications, really?! A product review, spreadin' the word.

I know I belong to a handful of people who use natural and Chinese medicine to deal with EDS and dysautonomia. That's right, no pharmaceuticals for this girl. I'm very thankful to have some really incredible people involved in my care that make it possible. Also, that I live in a place where I have easy access to it all. I'm someone who likes to kick it old school, and rely on what the earth has provided.

Please keep in mind I'm not a doctor, and will never pretend to be one. I'm primarily under the care of a Naturopath, acupuncturists, a chiropractor, and an Awesome GP. I have about 15 other doctors and specialists, but I don't really bother with them to much. The products in this post were recommended for ME, but if something peaks your interest, it shouldn't stop you from looking into it. Who knows, it may be something that really helps, and you don't know until you try.

I'm going to cover the things I use day to day, or when something crazy pops up. Which,we're all very familiar with. Let's get this party started............


This is Calendula in a creme form. It works well on friction rashes (I sometimes get them from the seams of my clothes and my AFO's) and for heat rash. I tried the creme for tape rash, but it stung. I think it's because tape is my arch-nemesis, or maybe it's just the nature of the rash.

Plantain salve is good for tape rash and it can go in wounds. It's also really good for getting off the adhesive that likes to linger on your skin for days. So much better than using alcohol and it's good for your skin.

And then I found Calendula in a salve too. It helps with wound healing and has been fantastic. I use it on really bad tape-rash and on Jerome.


This stuff is awesome. It's called Zheng Gu Shui, and is used for pain control. You massage it into sore, tight muscles for relief and cooling effect. The smell is kind of potent (it will clear your sinuses) and it can be messy because it's a thin liquid. I use it when big muscle groups are all acting up at once.

Analgesic plasters are like my boyfriend !! They come in a big roll and you cut the pieces yourself. I use this stuff all the time. It's really good for any kind of muscle pain and has given me some of the best relief ever. I'll usually stick it on before I go to bed and leave it on all night. The only down fall is they're also kind of stinky or aromatic, (a mix of menthol and herbs) and can leave some pretty nice rashes from the adhesive. It's totally worth it though, I don't know how I lived without it.


I don't know about everyone else, but I can be a bleeder. Yunnan Baiyao (Paiyao) is bad-ass! It was used by warriors centuries ago on the battle fields. It helps with bleeding, soft-tissue contusions and pain. I use it when I've had J-tube issues/recovering from surgery. If you're like me, and can't swallow pills or caplets this stuff doesn't taste nearly as bad as any pharmaceutical. It sounds weird, but it tastes like a bunch of herbs (which it is) and like feeling better. The contraindications include: No beans,fish, cool and spicy foods. I'd deal with that any day over the crazy pharmaceutical side-effects.


St.Francis' Deep Immune, I put it in my fluids concoction everyday. It's an immune enhancer, antiviral and energy tonic. I use it to help prevent infection, especially with Jerome and to keep my immune system strong, as getting sick with anything will make dysautonomia go crazy.

This has got to be the best hand-sanitizer ever!! I go through a lot of it, and not because I'm a germophobe. I live in the city, take public transit and work with kids who are pro-stars at sharing all kinds of germy goodness. I've been using this for just over two years now, and haven't been sick with anything since (aspiration pneumonia doesn't count). Not only does it smell good, but it's alcohol-free so I don't have to worry about having kiddos from work using it. I pretty much use it in place of rubbing alcohol with all of Jerome's stuff.

Hydration, blood-pressure and tachycardia

I've been using CALM for about 3 years now and think it's great. It helps with muscle tightness, tachycardia and hydration in general. Also to help relax the mind and regulate the nervous system. It dissolves in hot water, and doesn't really taste like anything so I mix it with tea or put it through Jerome. It also comes in a yummy lemon-raspberry flavour too! I use it at night, about an hour before bed to help wind down.

This has been key in keeping my dysautonomia under control. Liquid electrolytes sans chemicals. It keeps me hydrated and really helps with muscle cramps and tightness. It doesn't really taste like anything and is meant to be added to juice or water. I just throw it in my fluids concoction for Jerome. Not only is the product awesome, but the company is fantastic. They really have the best interest of the consumer in mind and have some of the most excellent PR. ttp://

There's nothing horribly special about using salt to maintain blood-pressure. I use sea salt because it contains the trace-minerals we need and it's better for your body than table-salt. I buy it ground up into almost a powder, so it can be quickly dissolved in my fluids concoction that goes through Jerome.

I left a few things out and will post about them later. I hope you can all find things that work for you, and make you feel good. Everybody should be able to live a happy and healthy life.

"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."

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