The Velvet Underground referred me to you. I was just diagnosed
with scoliosis. I am
35 years old and have had headaches and such for as long as
I could remember. I went
to the chiropractor, since the doctors just prescribe pain
meds, and he took x-rays and
found a large curve in my spine. I went back to the doc and
they retook x-rays and
stated that I have a 45-degree curve to the right and a 26
degree to the left of my upper back. They want to operate
but I'm not sure that is the way to go. Lisa thought maybe
you would have an herbal suggestion for the bones to make
them pliable. They told me,
that since I was no longer growing, that it was permanent.
If you have any suggestions I would love to here from you.
You came highly recommended.
Susun's Response: Comfrey
leaf makes bones strong and flexible.
I agree that surgery is a drastic solution to your problem.
Does the chiropractor think adjustments will help?
Comfrey leaf is the herb that makes bones strong and flexible.
I would use it as an
infusion, drinking about a quart a day for several weeks.
Then I would start taking a
weekly yoga class, a gentle one, but one that makes some demands
on you. I would
continue with the comfrey, but only at the rate of a quart
or two a week. On the other
days I would drink stinging nettle infusion, oatstraw infusion,
or red clover infusion. Improvement will be slow; you need
to commit to these things for many years, perhaps
the rest of your life.
I was diagnosed with severe scoliosis when I was 27; at the
same time, I was told my
tail bone was broken into 7 pieces. Chiropractic, yoga, visualizations,
and herbs have
kept me active, pain free, and flexible. I don't know if I
still have scoliosis. My blouses
do fall from one shoulder, so I would guess at least some
of it is still present, but not that
I would know from my functioning. I no longer go to a chiropractor,
but I do have a
monthly massage. I continue to do an hour and a half of yoga
every week, visualizations
from time to time, and I drink my nourishing herbal infusions
Headaches are often related to misalignment in the skull.
Is there a cranial-sacral therapist nearby? This is a method
that could change your life.
Good luck and Green Blessings,
Concern and Multiple Sclerosis
Yule blessings to you and yours. My question
for you is about weight. I weigh much
more than what conventional medicine considers healthy. (On
the emotional level I like
the way I look) I have other health challenges-Multiple Sclerosis
that limits the activity
I can do. My energy is pretty limited. I'm trying to eat more
nutritionally sound, whole
foods and wonder what you think about the whole weight issue.
And what I can do
Response: nourish your body with herbal infusions!
Fit not fat is the issue. Different
bodies weigh different amounts, even the same
body weighs different amounts at different times during our
lives. Body mass index is a
better guide. It is a complicated formula and I do not have
it memorized, but I am sure
you can find it easily (figuring it out is another problem;
lots of decimals and fractions!!)
Throw out your scale. stop thinking about how much you weigh.
Do you feel
comfortable? Does your weight limit you? I would guess that
a few extra pounds might
ease some of the problems of MS.
Whole grains, beans, greens, nourishing herbal infusions,
vegetables, fruits, cheese,
nuts, olives -- eat whole foods and you will weigh what you
need to weigh. Chips,
candy, sodas, soy milk, supplements, fast food, snacks --
eat junk food and you will
gain and gain and gain. Sounds too simple doesn't it?
Replace white flour products, even pasta, with whole grains.
Replace white sugar with
honey or maple syrup. Cook all your own food. Drink nourishing
herbal infusions daily. These are my secrets for maintaining
your ideal weight and that may not be what the
book says it ought to be.
If you have a bowl of soup before a meal, you will eat about
half as much food as you
would if you didn't have the soup, and you will feel more
Even though you are limited by the MS find some exercise you
can do. Check out
books by Bob Masters. He has one exercise book that you
do by reading only,
no moving, and it really works. Has helped those paralyzed
after a stroke to regain movement. Incredible stuff. Hope
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Reflux Disease (Gerd)
I have a big problem with acid reflux, known
as gerd. Right now I'm on Pilosec 20 mg.
2x a day and I'm looking for a more natural way of healing
my problem and not masking
it. I would like to try to grow the herbs that can help me.
I live in Oakland, NJ.
Are there any Drs. that you know of that will
work with herbs rather than synthetic
medicine? How do you go about finding this people? Thanks
for any and all info you
can help in this area.
Response: Dandelion root aids stomach acid production
It may surprise you to learn that
the reason for your problem is lack of hydrochloric
acid in your stomach. This keeps the food there overly long
and causes a "back-up"
right up your throat. Yuck!
Herbalists recommend dandelion root tincture, about 10-20
drops, taken just before
meals. This will improve your digestion amazingly and will
help your stomach make
Unfortunately, the drugs make matters much worse because they
attack the symptoms
and deepen the problem. You could stop taking Pilosec if you
wanted and go back to
just using things for relief when needed. For instance, slippery
elm offers fast relief,
heals the throat from acid burns, and strengthens the stomach
and intestines. Much
better choice than TUMS, I think.
I don't know of any doctors in you area. Sorry. Hope the info
above gets you started
in the right direction.
of Dry Skin and Eczema
Susun, I love your book Healing Wise and I dearly
hope one day I'll be able to
come to Laughing Rock Farm and hang with the goats!
My question is about my grandma. She is eighty
seven and is doing wonderfully, and
with her sun in Gemini and her moon in Taurus, I offered to
give her massages
especially for her hands and forearms. This is a nice time
for us to talk and I really
enjoy this time with her because she is amazing. I have been
creating some lotions to
help her with her dry skin because she says when you get old
you just dry up.
I wondered if there were any special notes about older dry
skin, and also her doctor
says that she has eczema on her leg which in one area is red
(a little scaly patch) and I wondered if there was anything
we could do to nourish this. She is very interested in
what I find out from this research.
Response: Lanolin, Jojoba, and Calendula!
Animal fats are better for the skin
than vegetable oils. Try lanolin or make your
own ointments with lard. Failing that, use only olive oil.
Never use essential oils on
older skin. Also avoid anything containing glycerin, which
pulls moisture from deep
in the skin up to the surface, thus really drying out the
My favorite skin application is Jojoba oil, actually a plant
ester closely related to
human skin factors. James Duke mixes his with Gota kola tincture
to keep skin
Calendula is really nice as an ointment, as is comfrey, or
plantain. Each plant has
a different healing property and it is fun to experiment with
them to see what works
best for you -- and your grandma.
Hope these hints help.
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