posted 01-22-2000 06:46 PM
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).]