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And if you think there is a problem it is important to have a thorough checkup with your doctor. He can do tests to determine if your joint pain has become something more serious or if it is something you can help yourself. You can certainly do both at the same time -- help your body with the right herbs, food and exercises -- and follow your doctor's advice.
Remember herbs don’t cure anything — your body is the only thing that can cure itself. Herbs, however, along with healing foods, and special energy exercises, are remarkably effective at helping the body heal itself. Your body is constantly recreating itself everyday. It is not just falling apart. Every three days all the cells in your stomach lining have replaced themselves, so you have a new lining in your stomach! Every three months you have a new blood supply (bringing oxygen and nutrition to your whole body). Every six years your bone cells replace themselves.
So if you are having pain and stiffness you can support your body's efforts to heal. When you were younger you awakened with stiffness some days and then the condition did not continue. The body rebalanced itself. With a little help you can often help your body reheal. Chinese herbalism has a whole theory about why we feel pain in the body. The Chinese herbalist identifies any pain with a blockage of energy flow in the body.
Along with the pain and stiffness may also be numbness or swelling. In severe cases, there may even be deformity. According the Chinese Herbal theory there may be many causes, but the most common is an underlying pattern of weakness. If the weakness can be strengthened the pain will lessen.
So the first thing is to help the body build back its energy -- this is done with special exercises and healing foods.
The second step is to identify what is blocking the flow. The Chinese ask: is it cold, damp, heat, or wind? This sounds very esoteric, but in fact these are energies you can feel and identify yourself. Does your pain get worse when it is cold? Damp?
The energy of wind causes the pain to move around. Dampness brings a feeling of heaviness, stiffness or swelling. Cold is easy to recognize. It causes the joints to be painful, maybe even to feel cold to the touch. It is easy to identify because warmth relieves the symptoms. In some people the energy flow may be blocked enough that heat is generated. Now there will be redness, swelling and feelings of heat in the affected area. This pattern is more complicated and definitely needs immediate medical attention as it may be Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Consult the list of products below. Each product is very safe and gentle, yet very effective. Remember these herbs are food, deep nutrition for the body.
It takes time for the formulas to do their work. To test a formula try it for a month with the recommended foods and exercises. If the symptoms are improving, you are on the right track, and you should go ahead with another couple of months.
Be aware that the environment has an effect on how you feel. If the blockage is cold and damp, you will be aggravated by cold, damp weather. So factor the weather into your evaluation.
What you eat, and how you eat and when you eat can make a big difference in how quickly you are able to rebalance. Chinese Herbalism considers not only the calories and nutrients of the food, but also the energies of the food – which energies support your unique situation.
Enjoy a healthy diet and eat more foods which nourish the blood, particularly celery and parsley (see the side panel Radiant Health and search for Food Therapy - Foods which nourish yin and blood). Also eat foods of warming energy, and those which strengthen Chi and Yang (energy building foods). To support your diet, you might also try 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in warm water three times a day.
Below you will see herbal formulas which have been used for centuries to help release wind, cold and damp from the joints. You will also see Restore Balance, which is a wonderful formula, suitable for anyone to take, to nourish the blood and the yin, helping the whole program to work well. Each bottle is a 2 week supply, as the recommended dose is 3 capsules twice a day. Once the body is balanced, you cut back to 2 capsules twice a day and then phaseout the Muscle and Joint Health, staying with only a great anti-aging formula like Restore Balance, Replenishing Essence, or Super AntiAging. Omega –3 Fish Oil is also very important, not only for bone health, but also for the strength of the nervous system.