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posted 01-22-2000 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for timhh     Edit/Delete Message
I had Schwannanoma tumor removed from my face about seven years ago which is a tumor of the schwan cells on the facial nerve. I had to have the facial nerve on the right side of my face cut to remove this tumor. Then have the nerve endings reattached to other nerves. I was told that my recover of movement would depend on how the nerves regenerated. I have regained some movement, but would like to regain more. I was taking gingkbiloba last year for the circulatory benefits, but I start getting pain in the nerves on the right side of my face. The feeling was like a steady electrical charge flowing from the area of the tumor out through my face. It was as though I could accually feel the pain go out and branch out through each nerve branch. Is topped taking it because of the pain, but now I'm wondering if the pain was part of a regeneration process. Do you have any knowleege of Ginkobiloba having these benefit or do you have any suggestion of herbs that would?

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posted 01-22-2000 06:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Herbalist     Edit/Delete Message
Dear Tim:

Thanks for writing again.

First, I would like to reassure you that Ginkgo biloba would not be the agent to blame for causing the return of pain, so I would resume taking it as it helps circulation which you need.

Alternating hot and cold compresses may also prove of some help. A compress of St. John's Wort is very often recommended for relief of the symptoms you suffer.

Drinking the following as teas in infusion will also help: Barberry, Turmeric, Lavender, Crampbark, and Rosemary. You may want to alternate and drink often during the day, at least 4 to 5 times daily.

You may also want to bathe the affected area with an infusion of Peppermint. Or use oils of Chamomile, Rosemary, or Lavender in your baths.

Eliminate pork, red meats, dairy products, white sugar and fried foods from your diet.
Supplement with fresh steamed vegetables, fresh fruits, and lean fish.
Eat plenty of garlic, and add basil and ginger root to your cooking.

To maintain vitality and help boost the immune system you may take Korean red ginseng 2 capsules, 2xs daily,(if it proves too warming, switch to Chinese white ginseng), or chew on the root of the herb Withania 2 or 3 times daily.

Drink Celery juice often it will help with the inflamation and pain. You may use oil of Eucalyptus to stimulate circulation, or use Clove powder made into a paste, and apply to the area in question.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine we employ many safe and very effective formulas which can help both you and your wife, you may contact us directly for more info on these.

Again, thank-you for writing and we certainly hope things get much better for you. Good Luck ! H.

[This message has been edited by Herbalist (edited 01-31-2000).]

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posted 01-23-2000 02:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Herbalist     Edit/Delete Message
Dear Tim:

Hi again !

Another remedy you may want to try is diluting in 5 drops of Sesame seed oil 7 drops of eseential oil of Lavender, 6 drops of essential oil of Chamomile and 3 drops of Rosemary in the same medium.
Massage gently paying particular attention to the point underneath your eyebrows in the center of the bridge of the nose, it will help in pain control and relief.

Two others you may want to explore is Reflexology and Accupressure. A technique of this last is massaging begining with the eyebrows run your thumbs slowly and evenly the length of the brow. Move and rub around the orbit of the eyes, and then the top of each eye. Press gently at the back lower half of your ear and release, do this several times a day.

Accupuncture has proved helpful in many cases suffering from your condition, I am sure you will find a listing, if not please feel free to write again or you may go to Accupuncture.com for futher info.

Anyway, the best of luck to you and your wife. By the way she can take 25 drops of essential oil of Peppermint and dilute it in 2 tbs. of safflower oil and massage the hand paying extra attention to the joints. She should flex and exercise her hands often.

Both of you would also benefit from baths to stimulate Chi. Use 5 drops of thyme oil per tub of water; or grate 1 cup of ginger root and add the juice of one lemon per tub. ( You may also use fresh Rosemary in this fashion).

Good Luck !!! H.

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