Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Mint
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Coconut Oil
- Compartment Syndrome
- Epsom Salt
- General Feedback
- Hemifacial Spasm
- Hemifacial Spasm Remedies
- Homemade Salve
- Multiple Remedies
- Muscle Stiffness Remedies
- Neck Issues
- Pulled Muscle Remedies
- Puncture Wound
- Raw Garlic, Salmon
- Remedies Needed
- Rice in a Sock
- Sarcopenia Remedies
- Sodium Bicarbonate
- Spasmodic Dysphonia
- Tennis Ball Massage
- Vinegar Soak
01/07/2011: Petunia from Seattle, Wa: "For almost 4 years I have been dealing with muscle spasms/pain in the right thoracic area.Originally the cycling spasms were brought on by repetitive use of my right arm, eating, picking berries, playing a board game, etc. But have advanced to almost constant pain. I am fine in the morning... No pain, but after a couple of hours it starts in for the day.This has become so bad it is debilitating and I am just worn out. I have been to a least 10 practitioners over three years, spine specialist,chiropractor, physical therepy, vitamin/mineral suppliments, acupuncture, etc. etc.This fall I went to a pain management clinic and had numerous cortisone shots in my spine with no help. I have now been prescribed narcotic pain tablets which I try to take only one midday, I do not want to depend on these.
Today I went to a neorosurgeon and he couldn't find anything. Other than this I am in very good health, 67 years old but feel and act much younger. I have spent hours... Days, studying on the internet to find a cause and relief. Does anyone on this site have any suggestions, could it be in the fascia? Thank you."
01/07/2011: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa replies: "Hi Petunia,
I would suggest you go to the place at: 5800 Soundview Drive Gig Harbor, WA 98335 (253) 576-8278
If that is close to you. Ask them if they do "Body Alignment Technique". If they do, then that is great! I really think that would help you. I do not know these people, but specifically ask them for the above quote, if they don't do it, then search on the internet for someone that does it close to you. I think that would really help you - and probably heal you!!"
12/06/2011: Farmer Rose from Athens, Ga, Usa replies: "Petunia, I wish I could tell you what it is. All I can say is that if no one can find anything, you may have food allergies or your colon is blocked, which can totally affect your nerve endings.
Start by cutting out all wheat from your diet. If your colon walls are lined with wheat, no vitamins or minerals can pass through to your body, keeping your immune system in a state of shock trying to keep up...
To cleanse your colon, here's your cocktail.... Mix 2 shots of bentonite clay, with a few cups of aloe vera juice, a splash of just cranberry, & a shot of organic apple cider vinegar and the rest water. Drink it with a few fiber capsules (I like Fiber Fusion) a few Super Primrose Capsules and 4 Swiss Kriss tablets. Drink it at night b4 bed for 3 days & try to eat mostly vegetables, preferably raw & no sugar. Then continue to drink the vinegar a few drops in a glass of water 20 minutes before meals.
Or start taking enzymes (my favorite are at e3live.Com). Make sure to start your day with plain yogurt and eat lots of garlic. These two things will scare the excess yeast out of your body which clings to the wheat in your colon and feeds on it as it grows and takes over the body. Get rid of the yeast, begin to heal! After a few weeks if you start to feel better, you can introduce whole grain wheat back into your diet and see if you can handle it. Just make sure you are getting enough good fiber from leafy greens to push it through. & when in doubt, you can always have the cocktail, with or without the Swiss Kriss or the fiber caps. And it never hurts to rub iodine solution on your wrists, it's called Iodine Painting, it's as old as the hills and it really helps some people heal quickly because they are iodine deficient. Good Luck!!"
09/20/2010: Sara from Houston, Tx: "Dear Ted,
I have Myofascial trigger points muscle knots. I have not been able to recover in what feels like years. I recently stopped lifting heavier weights to try and minimize the tension and speed up my recovery. I went to see a trigger point massage therapist. She seems to make sense and the massages appear to help. BUT...with long hours at the desk I am afraid I won't be able to get rid of this "sick muscle" syndrome. The main culprit is my desk job. I think lifting weights contributed to my muscles being shortened. Now...what I want to know is...is there a cure? I am close to going to the doctor to get a prescription for Soma (muscle relaxant/pain relief) because of the everyday pain. I am a 32 year old female with a sturdy/fit build. I eat mostly vegan diet (eat seafood on occasion). I stick to organic and mostly non processed foods. I do not smoke or drink. I am sick of dealing with shoulder knots, stiff neck, and the pain at the base of my neck.... Where the skull connects to my neck. I am trying to be better about my sitting arrangements at work and do more yoga/stretching workouts. Is there a supplement I can take to remove the build up? Any recommendations? As always...thank you for your help! You are brilliant."
05/03/2012: Ben from St. Louis, Mo replies: "Someone please respond with advice if you have it. I have the same issue and it is so annoying. I too work on computers so I don't know if that could be the sole issue.
I'm a younger male, exercise a lot and eat healthy with organic veggie juice, veggies, fruits, nuts, raw milk, fish etc. (lots of healthy things that I feel should help) but nothing works I even take lots of supplements like turmeric and cayenne pepper daily, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, black strap molasses (which I just started), raw cottage cheese/flax seed (budwig diet)
Massaging with coconut oil does work some but I just need for relief.
Something is bound to work. Please help if you can."
09/06/2012: Nisha77 from Islamabad, Pakistan replies: "Hi Ted, I am a great fan of e/clinic. I have been suffering from hip bone stretched muscle pain. One day right after when I woke up, I stretch myself. Which damaged my hip bone mussels. It is quite deep. Problem is that on hip one can not apply bandage. Now the pain is so severe, that neither I can walk, nor I can climb stairs. Pl. advise me what remedy I should do to avoid this pain.
thanks, hope for a quick reply"
09/05/2009: Cindy from Ft Myers, Fl: "Hi Everyone,
I have suffered from daily muscle spasms in my back, neck and shoulders. I also have terrible brain fog. any input would be helpful. Cindy"
09/06/2009: Joyce from Joelton, Tn. replies: "Hi Cindy,
Muscle spasms/cramps brings two things to mind quickly: magnesium and potassium. While we are talking about magnesium, read Deirdre's comments about her transdermal magnesium oil. Sounds like much more rapid way to replenish ones supply without flushing it right on through by trying to do it orally. Maybe she might even reprint her source she found for magnesium chloride to make her own mg oil. I have been looking for it but haven't found it again yet.
I found myself with quite a bit of brain fog (trouble remembering lots of things including names of plants I have been growing for years after my 8 day bout in the hospital in early May. I attributed this to many antibiotics, multiple xrays, bronchoscopy, ultra sounds, etc. so I started myself on niacin 250 mgm 3 or 4 times a day in addition to my daily B100 complex and it is pretty much back to normal. But since I started losing hair at a rapid rate over the last 3-4 weeks, I have added a B50 complex about midday and close to bedtime. It seems to have stopped coming out & I seem to have new hair coming out (mostly about l to 2 inches long so far) but I have a long way to go to get a full head of hair back. Geez, I wonder do they need a female version of Yul Brynner, but come to think of it, I believe they already have Sigourney Weaver, don't they?
Sometimes I wonder if a lot of this brain fog isn't coming from sluggish thyroids and the reason the B vitamins work so well is because a deficiency of B vitamins causes a sluggish thyroid.
Hope you find this helpful."
EC: Sure, I list the magnesium chloride source from Jane in the very first post on the Transdermal Magnesium Therapy page: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/transdermal-magnesium-therapy.html#WHERE
05/31/2009: Donna from Dalton, Ga: "we had several issues--my husband and i --we have done alternative medicine for going on 20 years--we started taking good bacteria exclusively about 6 months ago--everything started moving really well--except we are really sore--we are very hard working--exercise regularly--we are 55 and 54--does anyone know what the issue may be--thanks for your help"Replies
05/31/2009: Chris from San Pedro, Ca replies: "it might b toxins being released from excess candida.........there can b some really awful symptoms from that........find some supplements to help clear out ur body.........look for some amino acids, magnesium helps the sore muscles........"
05/31/2009: Anita from Muskegon, Michigan replies: "You didn't give much detail, but, here are some possibilities. First, you exercising quite a bit and with a lot of exercise your muscles release lactic acid which can cause cramps, muscle soreness, etc... To alleviate symptoms I take 500mg of potassium and usually within 5-10 minutes the muscle spasms and cramping stop. Also, I don't know what you are taking and that would help. If you are simply sore from exertion take a 20-30 minute bath with ACV before bed. I put in 3-4 cups (sometimes more.) In the morning my muscles feel great if I have over-done it with a workout. Hope this Helps! Anita"
06/02/2009: Joyce from Joelton,, Tn. replies: "Hi Donna,
Have you and your husband tried putting a cup or two of epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) in a bathtub of very warm water and soaking for a while after all that hard work? Really makes you feel lots better after the bath. You might also start taking a magnesium supplment, since we are all supposedly deficient of magnesium these days."
03/31/2009: Bob from Memphis, TN: "Question: Does this sound familiar?
In 2003/2004 I started, out of the blue, having an inflammation of a muscle in my lower right back side. Approximately the area where your kidney would be. Some days it is worse than others. On the really bad days it actually feels like it is on fire. On those days I usually take 4-6 alieve and it helps a little. I have been to the Dr. (2-3 different types and they have said I have arthritis of the spine. Well, I know where my spine is and that is not where it hurts. I am an advid exerciser, walk daily, work out with weights, am very fit, and eat properly. I am 52 years old and male and a very proper weight for my height. I am really hoping someone might recognize these symptoms and give me a miracle cure."
09/11/2011: Deb from Charleston, Sc replies: "Are you on a statin drug? It could very well be your problem. Research it!"
02/07/2013: Lisa from Wilmington, Nc replies: "I have found that when there is no apparent cause or cure for a persistent physical problem, it is worth looking into nonphysical issues. Things that are lurking in our emotions and subconscience will show up in our bodies. It is a message to go within and listen intently. Perhaps it is a call to release something that no longer serves you. Go within and, with the patience you would have towards a very young child, listen with fierce compassion to your beautiful body and what it wants you to know. Hope this helps. God bless u."
[YEA] 01/21/2010: Dianna from Austin, Tx: "i've found a great way to relieve sore muscles in my neck and shoulders!
you just take a cotton sock and put some raw rice in it - and sew or tie off the other end - then put it either in the freezer for cold packs or in the microwave for a couple of minutes for warm moist heat packs.
then you drape it around your neck! works great!
of course you can also use flax seeds, buckwheat seeds, etc. - but as most people have rice around - this is easy to make in a hurry!
corn works too!
[YEA] 01/23/2010: Karmala from Templeton, Ca replies: "I add dried lavender buds to mine which provides wonderful aromatherapy. I have also used peppermint leaves, orange rind, lemon rinds, rose petals. Just be sure that whatever you add to your sock is dry. Also, I have used cotton balls with essential oils that I mix in with the rice. There are many, many options. In addition to the rice socks, I make rice packs using small towels. I get the small, white cleaning towels that come bundled by the dozen. I sew 2 together to form a sack. Then, I sew the sack into "tubes". I pack the tubes with rice,then sew the top. These are great for your back! I also made some of these for my horse by sewing together 2 beach towels- 1 was left intact, the other was cut open in the middle to form pockets that I can slide the rice packs into. I then drape it across her back, shoulders, neck... works great!"
[YEA] 01/24/2010: Ellienc from Reidsville, North Carolina, Usa replies: "These are wonderful! I use combinations of dried herbs (lavender particulary) in my rice packs. Just after a minute or two in the microwave, the comfort is immediate. Great idea about the cotton balls and the eo's! Will try that too!"
04/27/2010: Sharon from Sparks, Nv Usa replies: "Corn bags are my new favorite. You need to buy feed corn (it's dried out) and when you sew your bag, leave a little elbow room in it so you can adjust to fit the area you're treating. I like them better than rice bags. Same thing...heat in microwave, or chill in freezer."
08/28/2013: 111laker111 from Ontario, Canada: "Hi all, just reading about a muscular condition called sarcopenia abd wondered if anyone could shed a little light on the subject. There is no info that I can find here on it..."Replies
08/29/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "@111laker: from reading the wiki page here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarcopenia, it appears a problem in immune and hormone function among other factors. With all these major and minor body system disruptions; there is obviously some underlying issues which are not addressed by professionals.
For immediate relief, supplement Whey Protein w/ Added Glutamine, as well as Creatine Monohydrate to restore muscle function. Also supplement DHEA hormone (50mg daily) as well as Testosterone boosting herbs like Maca, Avena Sativa, Horney Goat Weed, Tribulus Terrestris, Mucuna Pruriens, Tongkat Ali; and the amino D-Aspartic Acid.
To treat the underlying issues try detoxification remedies here on E.C."
08/29/2013: Debbie from Australia replies: "I would not recommend whey protein as it has bad additives in it. You are better off finding a herbal solution. Something natural from nature. Research herbs. Anything man made is synthetic. Rather than taking extracts take the real thing. Wheatgrass juice, alfalfa (leaves, juice, tea), carrot juice. Comfrey leaves and juices (or tea) is one of the best things to take. Find some local comfrey (and research it). Nettle is very good for you in a tea or leaf (slightly steamed). All disease is caused by vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the body. Research herb remedies but not man made herbal supplements. I would never take synthetic supplements again."
09/13/2011: Gordon from Sunderland, Uk, Tyne : "Hi, I have spent alot of time over the past 5 years or so with painful spasms. Walking was bad but when the pain was at my knees I thought it was joint pain and though there was a growing pain in the joint it could be helped with a warm massage. My feet could be eased with a vibrating foot bath. To me it seemed how could it be arthritis if a massage could help, so I searched for lots of supplements and tried quite a few with a little or no help.
My research led me to the problems that were hard to test without help. I further researched the help of the simple household additives namely sodium bicarbonate. After taking half a heaped teaspoonfull of sodium bicarbonate in in half a pint of water on an empty stomach morning and night relief was immediate. My spasms are greately reduced and I can feel my knees getting better every day. I stopped and checked and the problem returned, it then improved with the sodium bicarbonate.
I do think I have a candida overgrowth and that is getting better as well.
I am posting because of all the hunting around I had to do to use a substance with little if any side effects but great benefits.
I saw that as my research went on that more people want to help by selling you something that cost the earth and may eventually give a benefit.
My research cost next to nothing and if it does not work straight away I ask you to keep it up for at least 6 months. I saw relief after a few hours but kept getting relapses until long term relief vindicated by determination that I was on the right track.
The bicarbonate of soda seems to be helping ME attacking the candida and putting my body into an alkaline state to repair itself. No extreme diets or medication I do realise foods that effect me and avoid them but not forever and take note of what my body tells me.
I feel sure there are others out there who see researech costing billions be it for cancer or a dozen different conditions with no relief. Yet to alkalise the body as I have can kill cancer or so I am led to believe yet has little or no side effect and you can administer it to yourself and still seek help.
Long term effects on the body of over acidity or high candida are not recognised or admitted because they are to cheap to treat and conspiracy theories abound. The simple fact is that the care system does not encourage self diagnosis it is too cheap, the system works by long term treatment not cure.
The body heals, not a doctor (they give the assistance in extreme circumstances). Given the right conditions we are amazing creatures, we just need to find the balance out of the over indulgence of our social order.
comments would be appreciated to understand how I have found a simple cheap treatment that works for ME."
12/08/2010: Topaz from New Orleans, Louisiana: "I would like to know if you have a natural solution for spasmodic dysphonia? I have had this condition for 4 years now. I have seen several ENT's and none of them could give me a definitive answer or cure for this condition. I had a severe upper respiratory infection. I have lost the use of my natural voice. It is very strangled and unintelligible now.
The ENT's have taken videos of my larynx and vocal chords and found no sign of trauma or cancer. They prescribed prednisone, which elevated my blood pressure. I am presently taking a fluid pill to lower my blood pressure and a pill for acid reflux. They have suggested botox injections in the sight of my vocal chords, however, I am very leary of this radical treatment although I have seen others that have had great success with this treatment. I would love to find a natural cure for this malady! Anyone have any suggestions?"Replies
12/09/2010: Brooke from Montgomery, Tx, Usa replies: "I would suggest that you hypnotize yourself. Get a tape recorder and talk into it, suggesting that your vocal cords work perfectly, your blood flows to them perfectly, etc... Talk into it with positive suggestions for around 15 minutes. Play the tape to your self every night before falling asleep."
[YEA] 05/26/2008: James from Los Angeles, USA: "For decades my wife has taken 5 or 6 400iu Vitamin E tablets before doing unaccustomed exercise, moving, extra gardening, etc. with no stiffness or aches after. If she forgets to take them she has all the normal problems that follow these actions. She then has to take two to three times the dosage several time to get rid of the aches. For some reason I am one of the lucky ones and rarely have any aches following an unaccustomed exercise but the vitamin E works well for her."
[YEA] Deirdre from Los Angeles: "I take potassium supplements every so often because I do so much martial arts training and my muscles are often severely fatigued. I find I am less tired the day after an intense workout when I take a potassium supplement along with a Calcium/Magnesium/Phosphorous liquid combo. I also take potassium when I am sick as it dries up excess mucus in the body. I have low blood pressure to begin with so I have to be careful not to overdo the potassium supplementation! I can tell it lowers my blood pressure somewhat."
[YEA] 06/03/2010: Regulator555 from Grand Rapids, Mi, Usa: "Muscle Aches - massage
When you need a back rub, and no one is willing, you can give yourself a decent one. Put a tennis ball in a long sock, place it on your back and hold the other end. Then, lean against a wall and move around. Let the ball do the work."
[YEA] 01/31/2009: Anita from Muskegon, Michigan/usa: "Hi from Anita, My first impressions are quite favorable. I have been into Holistic solutions for several conditions I have. It would be nice if people would be more specific in dosage amounts and if the remedy is meant to be taken orally or applied to the skin,etc.
The use of ACV with honey is great, but a note of caution for those with borderline diabeties and diabetics due to the sugar in the honey, especially if you don't monitor your sugar levels regularly.
I have had great success with alleviating muscle pain (like after a workout, strenuous activitiy.) Before going to bed take a warm bath and add ACV to the water. Use at least 1 cup and for severe soreness use 3. When you wake up in the morning you will feel great. This tip was passed on to me by a coach who had her team at the start of a new season do this every night after practice. I messed up once by using white vinegar and she informed me only ACV works. Give it a try! Thanks for all the unique remedies. Anita"
[YEA] 06/22/2008: TAN KOON PENG from SINGAPORE: "To relieve sore muscles from exercise soak in a warm tub with about 2 cups of vinegar poured into the water.. It will help with the soreness tremendously...Its actually best if you can soak with the vinegar after strenuous excercise, (before the soreness sets in), BUT, it will still help alleviate some of the soreness that is already there and you wil feel better soon.
Strawberry tea is good for muscle cramping and tightening. Some people like the tea leaves green but it tastes like straw."
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