Banish Pain ©Deborah Barr
Are you suffering with chronic pain? Is it affecting the
quality of your life? Side effects from long term use of
pharmaceuticals can compromise your health in many ways. Some
of those effects include gastrointestinal bleeding, heart
attack, high blood pressure, rebound headaches, cartilage
destruction, liver toxicity, skin reactions, stroke, and more.
There are safe, effective solutions that do not cause more
Most people fail to recognize the profound effect food has on
all aspects of health, including the health of joints, tendons,
muscles and bones. Nutritional Healing is not the same
for each individual. Food does not affect everyone in the same
ways. One man's medicine can be poison to
another. There are no good or bad foods-only cause and effect.
Are your food choices causing the effects you want?
Because we are in the midst of winter, this article focuses on
pain conditions that are the consequence of cold patterns in the
body. Cold patterns can elicit arthritis pain in hands, arms,
feet, knees, lower back and shoulders; and a stiff, inflexible
body. Inflammation can come from too much coldness.
Other signs of cold patterns are: aversion to cold, craving
warmth and warm foods, cold limbs, poor
circulation, hypothyroid, fatigue, mental lethargy, low libido,
irregular menses, sterility, impotence, frequent urination,
incontinence, inability to
urinate, edema, asthma, and impairment of hearing and eyesight.
What causes cold patterns?
Too much fruit, salad and raw food;
Icy cold foods and beverages, including ice water;
Yogurt and Milk—cold, soft cow’s milk products;
Excessive use of salt;
Too few warming foods;
A weak, insubstantial vegetarian diet;
Lack of exercise;
Excessive fear, insecurity, and/or isolation. Your emotions do
affect all aspects of your health.
This is not a comprehensive list of causes. Seasonal
factors have a strong influence on your health. Living in
a cold climate and eating a lot of the above foods
will put you out of balance in many ways, including pain
If you live in a climate with cold winters it is necessary that
the blood be thicker as the weather grows cold; consciously
preparing for this change can help make the winter a time of
beauty and comfort instead of a time to dread. This process
comes in part by knowing how to choose and prepare food
according to the seasons. Generally, you need warming foods,
longer cooking times, a little more fat, and some warming
spices. Even if you have cold symptoms in a warm climate, you
should still emphasize warming foods.
Traditional Chinese Medicine views coldness as the yin principle
associated with the water element, kidneys, and winter. Your
pain may be the result of cold kidneys which causes poor
circulation of blood and energy, weak adrenals, anemia, and
arthritis. Your kidneys generate warmth and energy to all
systems of the body.
organs and bodily systems need nourishment and warmth. Stoking
your body’s warming element will add fuel to your bones and
joints, making them stronger.
Warming solutions for cold-type pain
Balanced intake of good quality unrefined sea salt and other
minerals from food will improve bone and joint health; read
Salt: Friend or Foe
Herring and mussels can relieve cold-type pain;
Small amounts of anchovies used as a condiment a few times a
week can build bone/joint health;
Homemade soup with bones, tendons, animal components from
a health food store like Whole Foods will give
nutrition to bones and joints. Use chicken or beef and buy
drug-free animal products. Add lots of vegetables, bay leaf,
and a small piece of kombu;
Roasted Winter Vegetables
Zesty Split Pea Soup (if you don’t like split peas, substitute
mung beans or
Use fresh or dried ginger regularly in tea and in cooking;
Use these culinary herbs and spices regularly: cinnamon,
cloves, nutmeg, garlic, ginger, rosemary, turmeric, black
pepper, crushed red pepper, horseradish, and mustard seeds;
Eat oats cooked with cinnamon, ginger, and a pinch of
unrefined sea salt often. Cook real oats rather than the
instant, microwaved variety.
Lifestyle Factors for Reducing Pain
to bed early and get plenty of sleep. You need more in the
warm, especially lower back, legs, and abdomen;
deep massage or other therapies for releasing subconscious,
down; relax and reflect;
Learn and practice deep, diaphragmatic breathing;
Don’t let your exercise habits hibernate
in the winter. Yoga and Tai Chi are
excellent forms of exercise that encourage deep breathing and
healthy circulation. Working with a physical therapist can also be
Brisk walking is beneficial in every season and helps
circulation and joint health.
Herbal Supplements for
There are many safe and effective herbs and supplements for
treating pain. I’ve listed a few of them on my website. You
can click here
to learn about them. I don’t list many of them since
proper TCM diagnosis and treatment protocol by a practitioner
knowledgeable in Traditional Chinese Medicine is essential to
the effective use of herbal products.
I recommend you
schedule a consultation
to determine the best
herbs and supplements for your unique condition. Call
412.361.8600 or send an email to
Deborah@wholehealthresources.com if you have questions. You’ll save
yourself a lot of time and money by doing working with an
experienced professional. Surfing the
internet and buying the popular product of the day is costly,
time-consuming, and ineffective at best; harmful, at worst.
can be the result of heat, dampness, liver stagnation, certain
digestive disorders, some immune issues, and other factors.
know you’d like a simple quick fix. I believe what you really
want is to remove the degenerations that are causing pain, and
rebuild the health of bones, joints, muscles, tendons and
ligaments. Think about it. Do you want band-aid, short-lived
relief, or a plan that works to regenerate your health, end
pain, and yield permanent results?
Your response to holistic and natural medicine is individual and
relative to other factors, including your personal psychological
constitutional strengths and weaknesses, all health conditions,
emotional state, age, activity level, lifestyle, and more. It’s
important to be flexible when treating pain and to know when to
switch gears and refine the methods you are using.
Learn to be proactive in your health care. This does not mean
stop seeing your physician or eliminating your medications. It
means educating yourself and learning about your body and
personal imbalances from a holistic perspective. If it makes
sense to you, then begin to implement gradual changes. You can
get to anywhere that you want to be. Small, consistent changes
will get you there.
Barr, 2000-16. All rights reserved.
There are many popular food plans and no lack of
internet advice from thousands of people who lack an
understanding of food therapeutics and have little or no
professional training. Good marketing sells fads to people who
are desperately trying to recover good health and lose weight.
Current scientific findings often contradict previous findings
by the same experts. A perfect diet that will bring everyone
good health does not exist and accepting this fact is a good
starting point for achieving balanced health.
professional guidance for the right nutrition and
health plan for
reversing your health and weight issues, and removing the degenerations that cause
Schedule an Introductory Holistic Health
and Nutrition session with Deborah Barr, 30-year
Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor. You'll be on your way to better
health. Sessions can be done by phone,
skype, or at Pittsburgh office.
I have helped many, many people reverse pain problems using
professional herbal medicine,
therapy, attitudinal healing
(unresolved negative emotions
translate into physical pain eventually), and
You can greatly improve every aspect of your physical,
mental and emotional health with a customized holistic approach.
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