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Old 10-30-2006, 04:00 PM   #1
Yael Grauer
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Just wondering what nontraditional recovery methods people have used--what's worked and what doesn't, based purely on your non-scientific anecdotal experience. My list is very very long and includes herbs, Chinese herbs, homeopathics, acupuncture, salves, dit da, etc. etc.

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Old 10-30-2006, 04:18 PM   #2
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Cold Showers and a beer before bed time (not every night).

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Old 10-30-2006, 04:21 PM   #3
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Did it work?
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Old 10-30-2006, 04:25 PM   #4
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Yes...Cold showers have actually helped me from getting the flu (I'm not sure why). They feel good on my joints and muscles after high rep GS training.

Beer...is used to help me relax and sleep. It just takes one. The better I sleep, the better I recover.
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Old 10-30-2006, 04:43 PM   #5
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Okay, here's mine.

-Arnica (homeopathic and salve). Works in theory, but never did much more than that for me, though I've seen it work on others.

-Other salves (calendula, creosote, pine pitch, SJW have worked very well.)

-St John's wort oil and cow parsnip topically for nerve damage. Works really well on me, on other people I've tried it on, and even my friend's cat.

-Dit da jow--storebought and homemade with local herbs. It works. Blood follows heat and all that.

-Acupuncture: mixed responses. Usually works.

-Chinese herbs: sometimes.

-Bath salts with ample ginger powder for back pain. works.
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Old 10-30-2006, 04:55 PM   #6
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Cold showers and Beer?? Wow...Marry me?? Ha.

Contrast showers as they are oftenly called are extremely effective in boosting the immune system and detoxification. In fact some 100+ yr old guy was recently quoted in the news as that cold showers have kept him alive that long. Also can help with recovery with increased bloodflow to the muscles...more blood = more nutrients.

If I feel sick I fast on Apple Cider Vinegar and water, take contrast showers and bundle up and sweat like a *******. I am useless for a day, but back to normal life in another day....vs carrying something around and feeling sick for weeks.


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Old 10-30-2006, 05:31 PM   #7
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Oh yeah! An acupuncturist told me to finish showers with what he calls "qi gong bathing"--you take a loofah and scrub your whole body and then end with a few seconds of cold water. Cold water is supposed to close down your pores. Anyway, he told me this would help me get the weird sticky energy from some of my sleazy gross customers offa me and build up "wei chi" or defensive qi (which correlates to the immune system in Western med). I don't know if it was the intent or the actual practice, but it seemed to work okay.

Also both Dr. G and another naturopath I met talked about using wet socks... You put wool socks on over them (unless you have Smartwool...god I love Smartwool socks) to get circulation going. Dr. G recommended it to stave off colds, and Dr. P was using it for muscle pain. It seems to work...
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Old 10-30-2006, 06:18 PM   #8
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Mike... The proposal notwithstanding.. I meant contrast showers. I always end my showers with cold. since i've been doing it, I have not experienced a full blown flu. My one beer is just simply an indulgence I will not give up..I will be a 100 years old and attribute my longevity to my one a day beer :-)

Yael, I love my smartwool socks
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Old 10-30-2006, 06:25 PM   #9
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If only they made Smartwool sweaters!
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Old 10-30-2006, 08:12 PM   #10
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I thought they do make Smartwool sweaters??
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