That Plantar Fascia of mine has been acting up again. It’s not full blown Plantar Fasciitis, it’s just starting to creep back in so I’m easing up on my running and doing more hot yoga and spinning instead. Running is still do-able but I know if I push it, I’ll just exacerbate it.
After reading a few really good books lately about the negative effects of all sorts of medications (even seemingly harmless over the counter drugs), I have been avoiding popping pills and opting for natural remedies whenever possible. I’ve also learned a lot more about the damaging effects of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
Here’s a fun lil infographic for you:
YIKES! And there is more and more research showing the negative effects of NSAIDs on your gut.
Take this from Aviva Romm, Practicing Family Physician, Midwife, Herbalist:
“NSAIDs can damage your gut lining, causing a condition responsible for a whole range of ailments, from allergies to autoimmune disease. It’s called leaky gut.”
Um, crazy. No thanks! Byyyye, Ibuprofen.
Luckily, my friend Teresa told me about a natural remedy that definitely helps to alleviate the pain and is actually beneficial and healing. There are other options besides Ibuprofen! Hallelujah!
She introduced me to Dr. Nalbandyan who is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) and a certified/licensed Herbalist. He has a practice up in Burbank and has created a product for the relief and treatment of pain using Chinese herbs.
The stuff is called X-Jow (but I always want to call it J-Wow) and I am obsessed. It’s a game changer if you’re looking to go a more natural route (and save your intestines the damage). Dr. Nalbandyan sent me a few tubes and I started rubbing that stuff all over the arches of my feet.
While most pain relievers deliver short-term solutions, X-Jow goes beyond that by penetrating deep down into the tissue to reduce swelling, inflammation, and other issues. And it truly works really well!
I had my co-worker use some on her hands and wrists because she has some carpel tunnel issues and it worked for her too. I ended up letting her keep a tube because she loved it and really needs it. Like me, she’s always looking for more natural alternatives for pain relief.
So what is X-Jow and what’s in it?
A blend of powerful Chinese herbs such as:
- Turmeric (Jiang Huang): This bitter pungent herb mainly affects the liver and spleen. It also encourages the body’s circulatory system to increase blood circulation, which helps relieve inflammation and pain.
- Gardenia (Zhi Zi): This herb mainly affects the heart and liver. Zhi zi is known for its cooling properties, these properties can help remove heat from the blood and decrease inflammation, which in turn promotes blood flow.
- Cinnamon Twig (Gui Zhi): The pungent sweet herb mainly affects the heart, lung and bladder. Most commonly used in Eastern traditions to induce sweats, which help the body to eliminate toxins. This herb raises the temperature of your blood, which also helps revitalize your pulse.
- Safflower (Hong Hua): This herb mainly affects the heart and liver. This herb also has warming properties that reduce inflammation, swelling and pain. Most commonly used to help women regulate menstruation.
- Myrrh (Mo Yao): This herb mainly affects the heart, liver, and spleen. Mo yow one of the most powerful herbs in Eastern tradition for relieving pain and discomfort from injuries. It increases blood flow to soothe pain, decrease inflammation and helps encourage the growth of new tissue.
- Frankincense (Ru Xiang): This herb works mainly with the liver and spleen. Ru Xing uses heat to increase the body’s ability to fight off infection and remove harmful toxins. Also helps increase the rate of tissue growth to heal certain types of wounds.
- Sparganium (San Leng): This herb mainly affects the liver and spleen. San Leng has very strong affect on circulation and blood flow, which in turn helps mitigate blood and Qi stasis. Commonly associated with abdominal issues such as abdominal masses, also helps dissolve food stagnations and accumulations.
- Dragon Blood (Xue Jie): This herb mainly affects the heart and abdomen. Dragons Blood is a strong natural pain reliever that works mainly through the alleviation of blood stasis. It helps to stop bleeding from wounds and promote tissue regeneration and is helpful in reducing swelling in traumatic injuries.
- Curcuma Rhizoma (E-Zhu): This herb mainly affects the stomach, spleen, and the liver. Curcuma Rhizoma is a strong natural pain reliever that works mainly through the alleviation of blood stasis.
If you visit the X-Jow page on Dr. N’s website, you can read about all of the herbs in even greater depth. He provides a ton of literature so you can study up on all of it.
Instead of icing or heating your injury, X-Jow maintains blood flow at the source of the problem, leading to long-term healing that reduces swelling, inflammation, and strengthens bones and ligaments.
The best part is that it produces NO harmful side effects, a seriously rare quality with typical pain medications. It’s a bummer when you realize how damaging something can be that you’ve been taking religiously for years. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been prescribed extra strength Ibuprofen from my primary care physician for a running related injury and told to take it multiple times a day for 4 weeks on end! That’s just insanity and I am glad that at least now I am educating myself on the toll various medications take on my health. The good news is, I feel empowered and I am starting to make a lot of changes. Slowly but surely.
If you’re tired of taking NSAIDS for inflammation and/or pain, I highly recommend X-Jow. Get you some, friend!
I’m giving away TWO TUBES to a lucky winner, so you can try it for yourself.
Thanks Dr. Nalbandyan!
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Good luck and cheers to natural remedies!