Monday, September 18, 2017

Managing Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia with CBD Cannabidiols Part 3 "Sisters of the Valley"

It seemed to take a long, long time for Florida to approve my medical marijuana status.  When you have chronic days, some days are so exhausting and seem like they never end.  So I kept exploring cannabidiols from hemp, CBD.  I wanted CBD I could use orally, but concerned about how safe it would be to use internally.  I also wanted an elixer, or an infused oil I could mix with the essential oils I used on painful areas.

When something is right for you, it often appears.   I found "Sisters of the Valley", Sisters of CBD,  online.  The first thing I noticed was a banner that stated "canna blessing daily".  It showed photos of the Sisters blessing their hemp plants, using sage sticks to keep them pure and healthy, and harvesting during moon cycles.  There is also a link on the products to independent testing.  They are also on Facebook, so I could read about their lives, their products, and their passion for CBD from hemp to help people who suffer.

https://www.sistersofcbd.com/shop/


I ordered CBD tincture, and "holy soap".  The tincture has a good quality bottle with dropper.  The soap smells "heavenly", and I feel like it blesses my hands when I wash them.  I am Reiki master, and with the pain I've had the last 4-5 years have been miserable, and I have not wanted to Reiki anyone, not share any of the negative energy I have.  Now my hands feels blessed again.

CBD tincture

"Holy Smoke" Soap

I have very annoying restless leg, and was using over the counter products from Amazon and CVS.  Then I read about rosemary and peppermint essential oils.  I mixed both rosemary and peppermint oils with mineral oil and rubbed into my legs at night.  I could feel the warmth of the concoction after a few rubs, and it was helpful, but adding a few drops of the CBD tincture made it very helpful.

Their Facebook is really interesting, they show many photos, and discuss what they have to deal with in their California location because politicians and other people often think they are doing something illegal, or growing real marijuana.  But they are truly dedicated to helping people with pain. They have a good selection of products.

So with my CBD infusion and soap, the CannaHemp vape pens, and the Pain Bomb I was finally getting some relief.   Of course I hoped my medical marijuana would be approved, with THC to give the CBD a boost. but was relieved to know I had some back up products with CBD to help.  And as you will read in a future blog, some of these add to the effectiveness of actual cannabis.  



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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Treating Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain With CBD, Without Opiates, Prescription Drugs Part 2

A friend who lives near us has Parkinson's, with complications.  He has tried surgery, quite a few prescription drugs, that are somewhat helpful but don't alleviate the symptoms.  He was able to try cannabis, marijuana in edible form, that he got from an out of state friend, and after 20-30 minutes he was standing upright, not shaking.  He decided that it was worth trying to apply for medical marijuana in Florida.  There are only six doctors in our county and surrounding counties who are approved to prescribe medical marijuana.  After he provided the doctor with former health records to verify his diagnosis, and the doctor agreed medical marijuana would be helpful, he had to wait 90 days to get his first prescription.  There are also no medical marijuana pharmacies in our county and the surrounding county, and they learned Trulieve would deliver.  Payment in cash only.  And it helped him very much. You don't actually get "real marijuana", you get the CBD and THC parts in different formulas and methods for taking.  Vaping worked fastest and best because it works directly instead of having to be digested in capsule form.

July 1 the Office of Compassionate Medical Marijuna Use finally was legally forced to be more efficient, so July 1 I made an appointment with the doctor my friend used, was approved for it.  I needed to complete an application that includes a recent passport type photo, proof of who I am, and $75.  It was supposed to be approved in 15 days, but 7 weeks later I finally got my medical marijuana official card.

During the time I was waiting for approval, I wanted to try vaping because I had never done that.  I searched online for a legitimate CBD seller who had links to show the testing of and verification of CBD from hemp.  There are quite a few CBD sellers out there.  It's legal to buy and sell CBD from hemp because it supposedly doesn't have THC in it.

I learned about terpenes that mimic  profiles of cannabis strains specifically used to enhance sleep, focus, euphoria, calming, and pain relief and discovered CannaHemp online store. They sell CBD in various forms, including the vape pen I purchased for "Relief"

CannaHemp CBD vape pen "Relief"

It was so easy to use, and in a few minutes I truly did get relief.  I also ordered the "Calm" vape pen, also very helpful. In fact, it is such a helpful CBD product that even after getting my medical marijuana products, I use this.  In future blog posts, I will explain. 

There is a great deal of helpful information about terpenese and CBD on their web site. 
And CannaHemp is third party lab tested, so I felt safe about using it.

Having fibromyalgia has made me desperate to try many non-medicine treatments for it.  After two weeks of waiting and thinking I would never get my MM card approved, I tried one more CBD item, that will be the topic of the next blog post.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

How to Treat Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain without Opiates, Prescription Drugs Part 1

I have had fibromyalgia since I was pre-teen age.  For many years, fibromyalgia was often considered by doctors to be "all in your head".  Then pain medicines for fibromyalgia started appearing, and since drug companies were making profits, fibromyalgia turned into a treatable condition.

My doctor gave me prescription for gabapentin,  that caused hallucinations and dangerous behaviors.  I was referred to a chronic pain specialist.  I took a list of all the natural and lifestyle things I did regularly for the last 20 years, including: yoga, tai chi, qigong, meditation, walking, TENS, acupuncture, massage, needle pads, heating pads, various supplements, and the main medication I have been taking, Tramadol.   He told me I was doing "everything you're supposed to do", and the only medicine he recommended was duloxetine, that also caused hallucinations.

Florida voters passed medical marijuana last year. Fibromyalgia and chronic pain aren't one of the official diagnoses to be eligible for mm (medical marijuana).  While I was researching how it works for chronic pain, I learned that the pain management part of cannabis was cannabidiol.  The THC gave it an extra boost.  CBD (cannabidiol) does not contain the THC "illegal" component of marijuana.  And you can purchase it online!  I was so surprised because I am a good researcher of alternative methods for pain.  I think now CBD is getting more exposure, so there's more information about it.

 My first online purchase was in May, Pain Bomb + CBD from a seller in New Mexico.

https://paindmso.com/

I also have polymyalgia rheumatica and my neck and shoulders are so sore and swollen, but I can't take steroids for it anymore.  I rubbed this in three times each day, and truly got relief.  I also have arthritis and it's helpful.  I bought two more bottles because I had been reading the FDA was trying to make it illegal, even though it doesn't contain THC.  It is from hemp plant, not cannabis plants.

Other methods of using CBD are tinctures, oils, "dabs" and vaping.

Since the CBD was working for me, I decided to go through the process of applying for medical marijuana in Florida.

And my next blog will be about that, and other CBD products I used because the process sure takes a long time.


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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Do You Have Pain When Driving, or Riding in a Vehicle? Here's Help

Do you have pain when you drive your car, or when you are a passenger?  Driving Wedges can help you be more comfortable, reduce pain and prevent further damage.

These were designed by a massage therapist I know, and offer these benefits:

 MADE IN THE USA - Patent-pending, revolutionary new system of wedges that helps to keep hips aligned while driving, improves driver comfort tremendously. Driving Wedges improve passenger comfort as well!
  • INCREASE COMFORT! Whether you are going for a short drive or spending days on the road, Driving Wedges offer much greater comfort for your trip. Feel the instant relief and the long-term benefits!
  • COMPLETELY UNIQUE new product provides immediate comfort and relief by offering needed support for the legs and hips. Tuck a wedge under each leg, adjust the strap that rests on top of your thighs, and feel the difference!
  • REDUCE TENSION - use of the Driving Wedges provides a light myofascial release along the outside of the thighs, which can reduce tension and alleviate pain in the hips, knees, and lower back.
  • USE ANYWHERE YOU SIT! - while originally created for driving, Driving Wedges can provide comfort and support almost anywhere you sit. If they can fit on the seat, they'll work! Office chairs, plane travel, couches, you name it! Make your sitting experience more comfortable and easier on your body.



Sunday, March 5, 2017

Treat Restless Legs Naturally

Restless leg can be painful as well as annoying.  Here are natural methods to help treat restless legs.

Restless legs often start when you are sitting and trying to be "composed".  Then the legs start twitching,  you might start tapping your foot, wiggling your legs.  Or you're laying in bed, and the restless legs start. Sometimes you get out of bed, walk around, and then think that helped.  Or you move to another bed and move those legs forcefully to try to settle them.

Some people try putting a bar of soap at the end of the bed near their feet.  While the soap itself probably doesn't help, the placebo effect might.

Here are two more suggestions:
1.  When you feel your restless legs, lay flat on your back.  Slowly point your toes straight up, then pull your foot, with your toes still pointed, back toward your head as far as you can.  You will feel a stretch in the back of your calf.  Hold it for 10 seconds, then relax the calf muscle. Take a deep, slow breath.   Repeat 10 more times, each time pulling the calf muscle as tight as possible, but without hurting yourself.

2. Use a Ying Yu Jade acupressure roller on your legs when you feel the restlessness starting.  Roll it slowly over each leg, including thighs, calves and both sides of the foot.
You can follow the acupressure roller treatment with the muscle stretching in the above (#1) technique.

And then use the acupressure jade roller to finish.

Another technique that is helpful for restless leg is Yoga Nidra.  If you have a smartphone you can use an app that is helpful for learning because when your legs are restless, it can be difficult to focus.  The app with instructions helps you center the technique.

Ying Yu Jade Acupressure Roller with "Needles"

Friday, January 20, 2017

What Kind of Jade Yoni Eggs or Ben Wa Balls Should I Buy? What About the Size of Jade Eggs?

What kind of jade yoni eggs, or jade benwa balls should I buy?   And what size should I buy and use are the questions I am asked almost daily.  With all the information online, it's very confusing to decide what kind of jade egg, or ben wa ball, to buy, and then what size.

Unfortunately there is not only a great deal of mis-information about the jade eggs, but also about the kind of jade egg.  But probably the most crucial question should be the size.

Recently a customer complained about the size of the medium jade egg she bought, upset because it was too small, and sent me a photo of her set of three jade eggs she had purchased from a commercial seller, showing the medium jade egg was the smallest.  I asked about the sizes of the other eggs, and they were quite large.  You might think getting the biggest jade yoni eggs for the price is a good deal, but it's important to understand about why the size of the jade eggs on Ying Yu Jade and Jade Heaven are the sizes they are, 24mm, 30mm and 40mm.   I was going through menopause when I learned about jade eggs for vaginal health. While I was in Beijing, China, learning about Chinese medicine, I was also looking (desperately)  for treatment for fibromyalgia.  I went to a traditional Chinese medicine hospital and met a doctor who did an exam of my qi flow and prescribed me Chinese herbs that were cooked up for me in the pharmacy and sealed in plastic bags, one dose of the bag twice a day for two weeks.  When I returned from traveling around China with my qigong master and our group two weeks later, my hot flashes were gone and I felt very good.  (I thought maybe I was in love with China!)  He refilled my herbal medicine, then told me about jade eggs for kegel exercise and vaginal health.  He explained that the medium size jade egg is really the only one a woman needs to use.  The 30mm size fits most women and when they can hold it inside and do kegel exercise without it falling out, they will have healthy yoni energy.  He explained the set of three was for "vaginal kung fu", weight lifting that women learn to do if they are having specific problems, or working on more "yang" for their precious yin area.  The vaginal kung fu  is considered a specialty treatment, a martial arts practice.  He also cautioned me that if women use jade eggs larger than the 40mm, they run the risk of stretching their vagina, which is the opposite of what you want to accomplish.  And the result can be medically harmful, as well as causing your regular sexual intercourse to be unsatisfying because of the stretching too large. 

Here is a basic reason to use each size:

If your vagina is stretched out from childbirth, or other problems, you can start with the large egg for kegel exercise, and when you can keep it inside, move to the medium size.  If you really want a tight vagina with more sensual feeling, continue to the smallest size.

If you are post menopausal, or have a too tight and dry vagina, start with the smallest jade egg, because it may be uncomfortable trying to insert an egg.  You might have to try for a few minutes daily just to insert it.  When you are comfortable with the small jade yoni egg, and starting to get more moisture, move up to the medium egg.  And if you are "small" and your partner is "large" you move up to the largest 40mm jade egg.

There's a reason why jade yoni eggs are the sizes of  24mm, 30mm and 40mm.

And the jade ben wa balls are more Japanese culture, but they are also used by Chinese women.  Some women like the movement of them, wearing them inside for awhile while they do their regular activities.  And jade ben wa balls can be "fun", playing with your partner. 

The kind of jade the eggs should be made from is the traditional Chinese jade, nephrite, and a light green because light green is "yin", women are "yin", and the yin is energetically best for balancing.  The Chinese jade we use on Ying Yu Jade is the same kind of jade the health tools, like jade rollers, jade gua sha tools, jade pillows and "pointers" are made from.  The jade is pure and natural.  That's why they don't always look translucent and "perfect", because they are natural jade, not bleached out. 

There are of course other gemstones used to make the yoni eggs and ben wa balls, and we all have our preferences.  Ying Yu Jade focuses on Chinese medicine, so the jade yoni eggs and ben wa balls are the only stone we sell. 

Whatever you decide to use for yoni health, keep in mind why the size is so important.  You are using them for good yoni health and you don't want to damage yourself because you didn't know the importance of size.

   
Ying Yu Jade "Yoni" Eggs Set for Woman