Dandelion Tea

It’s disgusting.  But I drink it fairly regularly now. I do feel like it helps. If you told me the dirty matted grass outside my apartment that has been walked on and pooped on would make a great healing tea, I’d probably be out there picking some inside an hour.  I absolutely love teas for healing. I drink chai green when I can handle some caffeine because I do find that green tea is the best anti-inflammatory around (apparently the chai spices are great for the immune system), mint tea when I have stuffed my face or just have slow digestion and dandelion tea when I feel my liver needs a kick (which I believe helps my nervous system).  Mint tea actually freaks me out that you can drink one cup and you’re tooting away. Or so i hear.. 😉

Here’s a great list of benefits of dandelion on this link.  Specifically I use the tea for the liver health due to the liver-brain connection and because of its anti-inflammatory properties. 

http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-and-dandelion-root/

ome health food markets or as a freeze-dried herb. Dandelion tea, capsules, and tinctures are also available. – See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-and-dandelion-root/#sthash.6tgRLMht.dpuf

Liver – Dandelion has been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance.

Antioxidants – Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells.

– See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-and-dandelion-root/#sthash.6tgRLMht.dpuf

Liver – Dandelion has been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance.

Antioxidants – Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells.

– See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-and-dandelion-root/#sthash.6tgRLMht.dpuf

Liver – Dandelion has been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance.

Antioxidants – Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells.

– See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-and-dandelion-root/#sthash.6tgRLMht.dpuf

Liver – Dandelion has been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance.

Antioxidants – Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells.

– See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-and-dandelion-root/#sthash.6tgRLMht.dpuf

Liver – Dandelion has been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance.

Antioxidants – Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells.

– See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-and-dandelion-root/#sthash.6tgRLMht.dpuf

Liver – Dandelion has been shown to improve liver function by removing toxins and reestablishing hydration and electrolyte balance.

Antioxidants – Every part of the dandelion plant is rich in antioxidants that prevent free-radical damage to cells and DNA, slowing down the aging process in our cells.

– See more at: http://www.sunwarrior.com/news/11-health-benefits-of-dandelion-and-dandelion-root/#sthash.6tgRLMht.dpuf

Is it all in the Omega 3s??

I took one day off from the high doses of Omega 3s and my brain went right back to crazy zapping yesterday.  This was after a few calmer days with the new fish oil i bought and taking a lot of it. I wonder if Omega 3s are the key to calming our brains — not just for medication detoxing but also for the RSD/CRPS headaches themselves (which, we may discover, may be part of a detox problem).  Maybe Omega 3s are the key to everything.. put them in the fridge as they are also the key to stinky fish breath if you don’t.

I am still adding my 3,6,9 pill in there but going for it with the high quality Omega 3s and holy crap, it makes a serious difference. They need to have high amounts of EPA/DHA or you’re wasting some time and money. The 3,6,9 soft gel i was relying on did not have enough.

Look at what doctors are doing. They inject people with ketamine for the sole purpose of calming the nervous system. The problem is that people’s bodies generally only stay in that state for 3-9 months and then are back paying a few grand for another injection.  I’ve been overly focused on magnesium through epsom salts which is also calming but i need to focus on Omega 3s as well.  I still believe CRPS/RSD is different in each person because it is an imbalance that shows itself at the healing process and only gets worse because doctors throw medications at the problem (i’ve discussed Neurontin/vitamin k deficiency on this blog before) that perhaps only complicate the issue.

For people who don’t think fish oil is a big deal: i’ve stopped taking it days before a procedure and still have had extra bleeding when they put the IV in. That stuff is no joke as a blood thinner so be careful and ask your doctor.

RSD Headache

We’ve all been there. You’re trying to focus on something but you can’t because your head hurts. It’s not a normal headache. Some days it’s not too bad, other days you can’t function. You really can’t do anything.

In recent months I have been trying to cleanse my liver which I knew was overburdened from years of prescription drugs.  It is this trial and error that leads me to believe this brain feeling is due to our livers being stagnant. I’m not a doctor and don’t pretend to be. But from a common sense perspective (often missing in medicine), when your liver is not removing toxins from the body efficiently, the sympathetic response (your inflammatory response) goes bananas to try to fend off those toxins. Could that be why our diet can affect our RSD symptoms? Perhaps that eating leafy greens and things that help cleanse your liver might ease your brain symptoms? And perhaps also ease the burning pain since your inflammatory response is calmed?

All I can say is I have noticed a substantial difference by adding Gentian drops (bitter root) to my water, cooled dandelion tea to my smoothies and upping my leafy/bitter greens. It may very well be that the meds prescribed to help calm our brains may be actually contributing to the very issue they are meant to treat. Your liver then has to process that pill.  Even if your liver function tests come back normal, there is a very good chance it is not functioning optimally due to the extra stresses put on it.

I am headed to the doctor this week to ask to go off the last med i am on. I was put on Cymbalta in April of this year to see if the calming of my nervous system would help the sympathetic nerve blocks last longer.  There was a slight change but the biggest benefit was for my brain. I was able to think a lot more clearly and that RSD brain ache was lessened. But I want off of it. I have not taken any Robaxin (muscle relaxer) in months and am relying solely on cupping and epsom salts for muscle issues and I took one Advil recently when my headache was out of control.  Otherwise I have relied on foods, qi gong, acupuncture and turmeric capsules for pain. It is my goal to not take any medications whatsoever.

If I dramatically improve without any Cymbalta and by continuing to treat my liver, I will be one happy girl. And then I will start my 2 week trial of intravenous Vitamin C to hopefully knock this thing into permanent remission.  I have said for a few years now that I believe the medications we are put on end up causing more problems than they fix.  I still believe that.

RSD

RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystophy) or CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome) is believed to be an autonomic dysfunction and failure in the healing process that causes inflammation, pain, swelling and a host of issues that are difficult to treat and often take years to diagnose.

In most cases RSD, the genesis of the syndrome is a noxious event (Type 1).  This event can be something as simple as a broken bone but the body for one reason or another goes into overdrive and the body sends the blood to the area even after the injury  has healed.  This overreaction then becomes the overriding problem. The bone heals but then the patient is left with a host of problems infinitely more difficult and painful than the initial injury.

But, in some cases (like mine), RSD originates with a definitive nerve injury (Type 2).  While the two types have similar symptoms, this is not the case of the body not healing itself.  Type 2 is a case where the nervous system has been affected by nervy injury.  The nervous system is permanently damaged so that it chronically overreacts to stimuli.  This overreaction causes intense pain, swelling, temperature changes, skin color changes, inflammation and many other symptoms that prevent a person from leading a normal and active life.

This pain process becomes cyclical and takes on a life of its own causing other issues for the patient, including other physical ailments and, often, severe distress due to the realization that they aren’t healing and probably will never get better.  Those of us who have it know how difficult it is  for doctors to treat us.

This annoyed me.  I was taking massive amounts of narcotics with little effect. Thanks to family support and especially the introduction of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I found ways to live without pain medications.  I want to share that information and hope to learn from you as well.