Author: Willard Sheppy

Relief from IBS-C with Peppermint

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How can peppermint help IBS? If you frequently deal with constipation, it may be time to consider peppermint. Not only is peppermint a delicious herb, but it’s also a potent remedy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome with constipation (IBS-C). The discomfort and pain associated with this condition often stem from microbial archaea in your small intestine. These microorganisms produce methane, the same gas you’ll find in “room-clearing farts” or even burping cows. So, how can peppermint help IBS?

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Understanding IBS-C and Methane

What is IBS-C?

IBS-C, where the “C” stands for “can’t poop,” is a type of Irritable Bowel Syndrome characterized by chronic constipation. In layman’s terms, you find it hard to go “potty,” leading to abdominal pain and a host of other issues.

Methane: The Gut’s Troublemaker

Microbial archaea in your small intestine produce methane. These methane-producing archaea (often known as methanogens) play a crucial role in the development of IBS-C symptoms. While the presence of this gas in the large intestine is harmless and leads to flatulence, in the small intestine, it can semi-paralyze your gut. This causes constipation and can make your abdominal region feel like it’s in a vice grip.

The Science Behind Methane and IBS

Studies Linking Methane to IBS-C

According to a study published in the “American Journal of Gastroenterology,” there is a significant correlation between higher methane levels and more severe constipation symptoms. The research found that elevated methane levels could serve as a diagnostic tool for identifying IBS-C. This means healthcare providers can offer more targeted treatment options.

How Peppermint Helps IBS

Peppermint is known for its anti-microbial properties, which are particularly effective against archaea. This makes it a promising treatment for reducing methane production in the gut.

Inhibition of Methane Production

Studies have indicated that peppermint can inhibit methane production by acting directly on methanogens, thereby alleviating constipation and other symptoms of IBS-C.

The microorganisms that produce methane aren’t fans of peppermint. A study in “Animal Feed Science and Technology” revealed that peppermint oil inhibits methane production effectively.

Multiple Benefits of Peppermint

Apart from its anti-microbial attributes, peppermint also has muscle-relaxing and anti-inflammatory properties. These effects help to alleviate symptoms like abdominal pain and bloating, making peppermint an all-around beneficial treatment for IBS-C
Peppermint works in several ways.

How to Consume Peppermint

Peppermint can be consumed in a variety of ways to harness its benefits for IBS-C relief. While teas and essential oils are popular options, supplements often provide a more concentrated and consistent dosage. One excellent choice is the herbal formula Chorus. This supplement elevates the natural power of peppermint by combining it with other beneficial herbs, offering a comprehensive approach to managing IBS-C symptoms. So if you’re looking for a reliable and effective way to incorporate peppermint into your routine, a subscription to Chorus could be your best bet. 

Also remember a high doses can interfere with the absorption of vitamins, minerals, and medications.

Buy Chorus Today

If you’re looking for a natural, evidence-based solution to your IBS-C woes, peppermint might be the answer you’ve been waiting for. Not only does it help inhibit methane production, but it also offers a range of other digestive benefits from relieving abdominal pain to reducing bloating. While peppermint can be enjoyed in various forms like teas and oils, why not consider a consistent, targeted approach to managing your IBS-C symptoms?

Ready to commit to long-term relief? Opt for a 3-month subscription to the herbal formula Chorus. It incorporates the power of peppermint along with other beneficial herbs to comprehensively tackle IBS-C symptoms. By choosing a 3-month subscription, you’re giving your body the time it needs to adjust and respond to the treatment, enhancing your chances of sustained relief. Click the link below to subscribe and take a meaningful step toward reclaiming your digestive health today!

About the Author

Brehan Crawford in the Snow
For more insights, collaborations, or to reach out to Brehan, you can connect with him through his online platforms:

Brehan Crawford, based in McMinnville, Oregon, is a distinguished clinician specializing in the treatment of chronic conditions, particularly Lyme Disease and its coinfections. After earning his Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2009, he deepened his expertise with a 5-year residency under the mentorship of the renowned Dr. Heiner Fruehauf at the Hai Shan Clinic. A Diplomate of Oriental Medicine from the NCCAOM, Brehan has pioneered innovative methods using Traditional Chinese Medicine for chronic infections. Known for mentoring other professionals, he regularly imparts knowledge on advanced Chinese herbal medicine applications. Beyond his clinical pursuits, Brehan enjoys singing, cooking, and hiking.

Chorus: Healing Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

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Exploring the intricacies of Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) can be a daunting journey for many. However, as we delve into the role of the microbiome in food sensitivities, the potential benefits of Shen Qu become apparent. In this context, Chorus emerges as a beacon of hope, bridging the gap between ancient wisdom and modern science and offering relief to those grappling with gluten-related challenges.

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Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity

The distinction between celiac disease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS) might seem blurry to many. While celiac disease has its own clearly defined boundaries, diagnosable by specific tests and marked by an autoimmune reaction to gluten, NCGS remains more elusive.

Individuals with NCGS don’t have the telltale autoimmune markers, yet they exhibit a range of symptoms after consuming gluten-containing foods. These symptoms, ranging from bloating and headaches to joint pain, often overlap with other conditions, making NCGS a challenging puzzle for both patients and practitioners. For those like me, navigating these waters has been a journey of trials, tribulations, and revelations.

My Relationship with Gluten

Years ago, I noticed a pattern: Whenever I indulged in gluten-rich foods, my gut would protest. It wasn’t just the bloating or the indigestion; I began to experience aching joints and heightened allergies. I ventured into the realm of gluten-free living, and the results were nothing short of transformative. My joint pains diminished, and I could finally enjoy spring without sneezing.

One evening, after years without gluten, I gave in to my craving and ate some baklava—a dessert I usually avoided. After eating, a friend recommended I try something new: I took some Chorus. Surprisingly, I felt fine, with no usual tummy troubles and joint pain. What was in that Chorus? What shielded me from the usual discomfort? This incident was the catalyst that drove me to delve deeper into the science and potential benefits behind Chorus.

The Science 

Diving deeper into the scientific realm, I’d like to draw your attention to an intriguing PubMed study 

Summary

At the heart of this study is the in vitro exploration of the microbiome. For those unfamiliar with the term ‘in vitro,’ it refers to experiments conducted outside a living organism, often in petri dishes or test tubes. This type of research allows scientists to have a controlled environment, eliminating variables that might exist in live subjects.

The study primarily investigated the microbiome’s influence in determining our body’s response to certain foods, particularly focusing on food sensitivities. The microbiome, a complex community of trillions of bacteria residing in our digestive tract, plays a pivotal role in our overall health. From aiding in digestion to regulating immune responses, these microbial tenants influence various bodily functions.

This research aimed to discern how specific strains of bacteria might alleviate or exacerbate food sensitivities, offering insights into potential therapeutic strategies for conditions like Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity.

In essence, by understanding how the microbiome interacts with our food, and subsequently with our immune system, we can inch closer to personalized medicine and dietary recommendations tailored to individual gut profiles.

Overview

This study titled “Lactobacillus paracasei AH2 Alleviates Wheat Allergy by Modulating Gut Microbiota and Elevating Short-Chain Fatty Acid Levels in Mice” is essentially examining the potential benefits of Lactobacillus paracasei AH2, a strain of bacteria isolated from traditionally homemade sourdough in Anhui province, China, in alleviating wheat allergies. Here’s a breakdown of the study’s contents:

Background
– Many people globally have gluten-induced food allergies.
– A previous study indicated that Lactobacillus paracasei AH2 has potential in reducing the immune response to wheat protein in in vitro settings.
– The role of L. paracasei AH2 in a live organism (in vivo) and the underlying mechanisms have not been determined.

Results
– L. paracasei AH2 showed positive effects on gluten-induced allergic reactions:
– Suppressed symptoms of anaphylaxis.
– Reduced levels of gluten-specific immunoglobulin E, histamine, and interleukin-4.
– Attenuated splenomegaly (enlarged spleen).
– Induced differentiation of Th1 and Treg cells, promoting an immune balance leaning towards Th1.
– Short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) levels increased after L. paracasei AH2 supplementation, which contributed to allergy relief and decreased the pH of the colonic contents.
– Gut microbiota diversity was influenced by L. paracasei AH2, with increased beneficial bacteria and decreased unfavorable ones.
– L. paracasei AH2 also protected the intestinal barrier by enhancing the tight junctions and improving antioxidant activities in the serum.

Conclusion
– The study’s findings suggest that Lactobacillus paracasei AH2 might serve as a potential probiotic for relieving wheat allergies. This is achieved by modifying the gut microbiota and boosting SCFA levels.

This study’s implications are significant as it opens up the possibility of using probiotics to address wheat allergies, potentially providing relief to a considerable number of people worldwide

Pieces of Shen Qu for Non-celiac sensitivity

Chorus: Ingredient 'Massa Fermentata'

One of Chorus’s key ingredients is Massa Medicata Fermentata (MMF) or Shen Qu.
Shen Qu is a traditional Chinese medicine known as Medicated Leaven or Massa Medicata Fermentata. It comprises a mixture of herbs, wheat flour, and wheat bran.

Historically, MMF was prepared by fermenting a mixture of wheat and herbs. The resultant fermented mass was then dried and used for medicinal purposes. The primary agents responsible for its fermentation include several strains of yeast and bacteria. Over the years, its preparation might have seen slight variations, but the core principle remains rooted in the age-old fermentative traditions.

Shen Qu, is traditionally used in Chinese medicine for a variety of purposes, primarily related to digestion and symptoms that sound a lot like Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity.

Harmonizing the Stomach

Shen Qu is believed to help balance the stomach’s function, preventing or alleviating indigestion.

Promoting Digestion

One of its primary uses is to aid in the digestion of starchy foods, making it a common ingredient in herbal formulations designed to deal with indigestion following the consumption of large amounts of grains or other carbohydrate-rich foods.

Alleviating Food Stagnation

“Food stagnation” in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) refers to the condition where food doesn’t move smoothly through the digestive system. Symptoms might include bloating, fullness, or pain in the abdominal region. Shen Qu is used to treat this condition by promoting the smooth flow of food and alleviating these symptoms..

Strengthening the Spleen

In TCM, the spleen is closely linked to digestive processes, and Shen Qu is believed to aid in strengthening spleen function, thereby supporting overall digestion.

Clearing Dampness

In TCM terminology, “dampness” is a condition that can manifest in various ways, including feelings of heaviness, sluggishness, and certain digestive issues. Shen Qu is used to help clear dampness from the body.

Modern Research

In the contemporary medical landscape, Shen Qu has caught the attention of researchers, particularly for its potential in digestive health. Preliminary studies suggest its promising role in modulating the gut microbiome, fostering a healthy balance of beneficial gut bacteria. As modern science continues to uncover Shen Qu’s mysteries, it reinforces the wisdom embedded in age-old Chinese medicinal practices.

Words of Hope

Discovering the potential of Chorus has been a game-changer for many in the NCGS community. While it’s vital to understand the differences between celiac disease and NCGS, Chorus offers a beacon of hope for those seeking relief. Imagine savoring that slice of bread or your favorite gluten-containing treat without the aftermath! As we bridge the gap between age-old traditions and modern scientific research, there’s never been a better time to explore the transformative benefits of Chorus. 

Why wait to reclaim your health and joy in food? Experience the difference Chorus can make. 

Here’s to the hope that science, tradition, and personal journeys can coalesce to relieve many. I urge you, dear readers, to share your stories, connect with others, and, most importantly, never lose hope.

About the Author

Brehan Crawford in the Snow
For more insights, collaborations, or to reach out to Brehan, you can connect with him through his online platforms:

Brehan Crawford, based in McMinnville, Oregon, is a distinguished clinician specializing in the treatment of chronic conditions, particularly Lyme Disease and its coinfections. After earning his Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2009, he deepened his expertise with a 5-year residency under the mentorship of the renowned Dr. Heiner Fruehauf at the Hai Shan Clinic. A Diplomate of Oriental Medicine from the NCCAOM, Brehan has pioneered innovative methods using Traditional Chinese Medicine for chronic infections. Known for mentoring other professionals, he regularly imparts knowledge on advanced Chinese herbal medicine applications. Beyond his clinical pursuits, Brehan enjoys singing, cooking, and hiking.

Long Haul Post-Viral: Stage One

Long Haul Post Viral Pain

In today’s health landscape, post-viral conditions and their long-term implications have emerged as pressing concerns. Guided by traditional wisdom and modern insights, we unpack a stage one protocol tailored for those grappling with lingering symptoms often linked to viruses like Epstein-Barr. These methods are foundational elements of the protocol I use, bearing parallels with how we address fibromyalgia. Both conditions can be set off by persistent or reactivating viruses like Epstein-Barr, which is known to disrupt the immune system’s function.

The primary objective

The primary objective of the stage one protocol is to restore and strengthen the immune response.

A noticeable clinical observation in these patients is the pronounced presence of mucus and biofilm. In traditional medical contexts, such conditions are categorized under “dampness.” Persistent fatigue is a hallmark for those with these ailments.

The protocol consists of 3 products and 2 exercises.

The exercises in the protocol


1. Nasal Humming: This technique boosts nitric oxide production. Nitric oxide plays a pivotal role in the immune response by dilating blood vessels, enhancing blood flow, and has antimicrobial effects. By increasing its levels, it can potentially eradicate lingering infectious agents. I’ve made comprehensive videos detailing this method, and I recommend viewing them for clarity.

2. Sweating: Sweating is a natural detoxification process. However, many chronically ill patients struggle with exercise-induced sweating due to symptom exacerbation or lack of sauna access. The “Wind Tea” and foot soaks in our protocol can help induce this detoxifying sweat. Consistency and using hot water are vital for effective outcomes.

The products in the protocol

1. Wind Tea: A meticulously crafted herbal blend of 13 ingredients with three primary therapeutic effects. Buplorum, a central ingredient, has been traditionally used for its antiviral properties. It stimulates interferon production—a protein that plays a key role in immune response against viral infections. Moreover, autoimmune conditions, where the immune system mistakenly attacks the body, can be modulated with Buplorum. The tea also serves as an expectorant, reducing mucus that can be a reservoir for certain viruses. Lastly, it promotes lymphatic drainage, crucial for toxin removal and optimal immune system function.

2. Chorus : The gut plays a vital role in overall health, with a significant portion of the immune system located there. Individuals with long-term COVID symptoms frequently exhibit gastrointestinal disturbances. Viruses, especially enteric ones, find the gut a conducive environment. This product not only aids in digestive regularity but also combats bloating and brain fog—a manifestation of the gut-brain axis dysfunction. It contains Angelica dahurica, renowned for its antiviral properties. The compound imperatorin within it can intracellularly counter viruses, acting as a natural antiviral agent.

3. Tibetan Foot Soak: Chronic illnesses often take a toll on peripheral circulation. The foot soak focuses on rejuvenating peripheral vasculature. Increased blood circulation to the extremities can alleviate symptoms like neuropathic pain. Additionally, the soak aids in nerve regeneration and promotes sweating a key detoxification method.

For an in-depth understanding of these products and their mechanisms, I invite you to explore the extensive resources on my website. 

About the Author

Brehan Crawford in the Snow
For more insights, collaborations, or to reach out to Brehan, you can connect with him through his online platforms:

Brehan Crawford, based in McMinnville, Oregon, is a distinguished clinician specializing in the treatment of chronic conditions, particularly Lyme Disease and its coinfections. After earning his Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2009, he deepened his expertise with a 5-year residency under the mentorship of the renowned Dr. Heiner Fruehauf at the Hai Shan Clinic. A Diplomate of Oriental Medicine from the NCCAOM, Brehan has pioneered innovative methods using Traditional Chinese Medicine for chronic infections. Known for mentoring other professionals, he regularly imparts knowledge on advanced Chinese herbal medicine applications. Beyond his clinical pursuits, Brehan enjoys singing, cooking, and hiking.

Post Viral Pain

Post Viral Pain

Learn about intricate world of long-haul post-COVID, its manifestations, and the holistic approach to healing.

The Pain is a Feature, Not a Flaw

One of the prevailing sentiments echoed in discussions about post-COVID symptoms is the persistent pain many individuals experience. It’s essential to understand that this pain, disconcerting as it may be, is not indicative of something broken or malfunctioning in your body. Instead, think of it as an inherent feature — a reaction of the body, attempting to communicate and navigate through the aftermath of a significant viral onslaught.

The Battle Within

While we all wish for a fairy tale ending to our health struggles, the reality can sometimes be more complex. Drawing a parallel, consider long-haul COVID akin to a drawn-out, tumultuous relationship marked by consistent tribal warfare and considerable collateral damage. The continuous skirmishes, or “dumpster fires” as they’re colloquially termed, represent the inflammatory cytokines in our body doing their job with a tad too much enthusiasm. This internal battle can create a lingering state of inflammation, which can exacerbate the feeling of being unwell

The Lingering Presence of the Virus

Interestingly, post-COVID symptoms don’t just vanish into thin air. The virus, in some cases, can act like an unwelcome guest, finding refuge in the hidden crevices of our body — metaphorically speaking, the “attics” and “sewers.” These are essentially our brain cells and the biofilm reservoirs in our gastrointestinal tract. The result? Ongoing chronic inflammation that can persist for months, if not years..

The Road to Recovery

Rest

Amid this somewhat grim overview, there’s a beacon of hope and a straightforward prescription: rest. This might seem overly simplistic, but the importance of rest in recovery cannot be overstated. Our bodies have an innate ability to heal, but this process requires downtime, free from the daily stresses and strains.

Sweat

Moreover, traditional and holistic practices like sauna sessions can be incredibly beneficial. When you’re under the weather, inducing sweat (without overexerting, of course) can act as a therapeutic measure. With their controlled environments, Saunas have been shown to alleviate chronic pain and help regulate the body’s microbiome.

The journey with long-haul COVID can be daunting, but the path to recovery becomes clearer with understanding, rest, and holistic intervention. 

About the Author

Brehan Crawford in the Snow
For more insights, collaborations, or to reach out to Brehan, you can connect with him through his online platforms:

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Brehan Crawford, based in McMinnville, Oregon, is a distinguished clinician specializing in the treatment of chronic conditions, particularly Lyme Disease and its coinfections. After earning his Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2009, he deepened his expertise with a 5-year residency under the mentorship of the renowned Dr. Heiner Fruehauf at the Hai Shan Clinic. A Diplomate of Oriental Medicine from the NCCAOM, Brehan has pioneered innovative methods using Traditional Chinese Medicine for chronic infections. Known for mentoring other professionals, he regularly imparts knowledge on advanced Chinese herbal medicine applications. Beyond his clinical pursuits, Brehan enjoys singing, cooking, and hiking.

Surprising Benefits of Warm Water

Discover the incredible reasons why drinking warm water is absolutely vital for your health! In this eye-opening video, we delve into the amazing benefits that warm water offers to your body and mind. From boosting digestion and metabolism to improving circulation and detoxification, warm water holds the key to a healthier you. Don’t miss out on this life-changing information!

Warm Water: The Digestive Dynamo

Our digestive system is a complex organ assembly line that breaks down the food we eat, extracting nutrients for our bodies to use. While each of us might have a unique digestive routine, one thing stands consistent: the positive effects of warm water.

Stimulation of Digestive Organs 

When we put heat into our system by consuming warm beverages or food, we stimulate better blood circulation. Drinking warm water has been found to stimulate the digestive organs, thus increasing the blood flow to the digestive system. This improved blood circulation can potentially enhance digestion and mitigate constipation risks.

Dissolution of Hard-to-Digest Foods

 Occasionally, our body struggles to digest certain food particles. Warm water can aid in dissolving and dissipating such foods, offering relief.

Acceleration of Food Breakdown

It’s not just about digestion; it’s about efficient digestion. When you drink warm water before or after meals, it has been suggested that food breaks down at a faster rate than when consuming cold or ambient water.

Cold Water's Cold Shoulder to Digestion

While the refreshing allure of cold water can be tempting, it might not be the most digestion-friendly option. Cold water can constrict blood flow to our stomach and intestines, slowing down our enzymatic activity, which is crucial for digestion. Moreover, the body’s endeavor to regulate its temperature after consuming cold water can detract from its digestive focus. Experts also suggest that consuming cold water immediately after a meal can solidify fats from our foods, challenging the body’s efforts to break down these fats.

Conclusion

The world is brimming with advanced health hacks and innovations, yet sometimes, the most potent remedies are the simplest. As research continues to shed light on the benefits of warm water, consider incorporating it into your daily routine. Not only is it a boon for digestion, but it’s also a holistic path to overall well-being.

About the Author

Brehan Crawford in the Snow
For more insights, collaborations, or to reach out to Brehan, you can connect with him through his online platforms:

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[LinkedIn]

 

Brehan Crawford, based in McMinnville, Oregon, is a distinguished clinician specializing in the treatment of chronic conditions, particularly Lyme Disease and its coinfections. After earning his Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2009, he deepened his expertise with a 5-year residency under the mentorship of the renowned Dr. Heiner Fruehauf at the Hai Shan Clinic. A Diplomate of Oriental Medicine from the NCCAOM, Brehan has pioneered innovative methods using Traditional Chinese Medicine for chronic infections. Known for mentoring other professionals, he regularly imparts knowledge on advanced Chinese herbal medicine applications. Beyond his clinical pursuits, Brehan enjoys singing, cooking, and hiking.

Three Secrets of Digestive Health

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Chronic gut problems, ranging from irritable bowel syndrome to chronic gastritis, have long been a bane for many. As the search for effective treatments continues, many are returning to nature, particularly botanical medicines. But how do these plant-based remedies stand up to scientific scrutiny, and what insights can traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) provide?

1) The Bile Connection: Nature's Digestive Conductor

First and foremost, any effective botanical treatment for gut problems must regulate bile flow. Bile, a digestive fluid produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder, plays an essential role in fat digestion and absorption. Its significance goes beyond mere digestion; bile harmonizes gut microbial populations, acting as a sort of “master gardener” for the intestines.

The Botanical Symphony of Bile Regulation

A crucial function of botanicals in the treatment of gut problems is the regulation of bile flow. As our body’s natural digestive aid, bile emulsifies dietary fats into minuscule globules, preparing them for efficient breakdown and absorption by our intestines. Moreover, recent revelations by EPFL scientists have demonstrated the ability of bile acids to transform fat-storing cells into fat-burning ones. This transformative process, pivoting from FAT STORING to FAT BURNING, emphasizes the indispensable role of bile not just in digestion but also in our body’s metabolic equilibrium.

Yet, bile’s function isn’t merely confined to fat management. It plays a pivotal role in expelling waste products, such as the protein hemoglobin from destroyed red blood cells and excess cholesterol. Thus, the efficient flow and function of bile are paramount to the health of our gut and overall metabolism.

Aucklandiae (Mu Xiang): An Ode to a Gut’s Best Friend

Mu Xiang, or Aucklandiae Lappae, isn’t just another herb; it’s a botanical wonder in the world of TCM. Mu Xiang for its therapeutic properties, influences bile secretion, ensuring the digestive and waste management processes operate at their peak.

Think of the bile as an ecologist for your gut. An analogy might help here: Picture a peculiar bird from Huntington Beach, who, in his adventurous spirit, swims right into an oil spill. His fellow avians may mock his misfortune, but along comes a kind-hearted ecologist. This savior cleanses the bird with gentle care, much like how Aucklandiae ensures our bile efficiently washes away waste from our system. And as that bird, affectionately named Randal, bonds with his rescuer over bird documentaries, our gut forms an intrinsic bond with botanicals like Aucklandiae.

The Connection of Malondialdehyde (MDA) and Bile’s Role

Malondialdehyde (MDA), a cellular fatty acid peroxidation byproduct, reminds us of the complex interactions within our cells. Understanding such interactions is crucial as we explore the symbiotic relationship between botanical medicines and our body. Elevated levels of MDA are often associated with oxidative stress, and while research continues into its full implications, the role of bile and botanicals like Aucklandiae in promoting cellular health is undeniable.

2) Adaptability: Listening to the Body's Needs

An effective remedy should not be a one-size-fits-all solution in the ever-changing landscape of our body’s needs. Instead, it should adapt, much like our body does daily. The medical term for this is biphasic regulation. For instance, the remedy should promote movement when the bowels feel sluggish. Conversely, it should offer a calming effect on days marked by urgency.

Traditional Chinese medicine often focuses on restoring balance. Yin and Yang, the fundamental opposites in TCM, must remain in equilibrium for health to prevail. Botanical medicines that adhere to this principle of biphasic regulation, such as tractal loads, aim to restore this delicate balance, bridging ancient wisdom and contemporary medical understanding.

The Promise of Biphasic Regulation

The human body, in its infinite complexity, changes day by day. Some days, our digestion might be slow, making us feel bloated and uncomfortable, while on other days, we might experience the opposite. A remedy must be as adaptable as our body to recognize and address its shifting needs effectively. This is where the concept of **biphasic regulation** comes into play.

True to its name, biphasic regulation involves two phases – stimulating or calming based on the body’s requirements. For example, when the gut feels inactive, the remedy nudges it into action. On more active days, the remedy soothes and calms. This isn’t just a modern understanding; it’s an ancient principle with its roots in TCM, emphasizing the balance between Yin and Yang. Medicines like **tractal loads** embody this concept, providing a middle ground between ancient practices and modern needs.

Atractylodes Lancea( Cang Zhu): Gut’s Next Best Friends

Within the TCM pharmacopeia, Atractylodes lancea (Cang Zhu) holds a special place, particularly when addressing gut problems. Unlike some pharmaceutical interventions, such as Alosetron (Lotronex), which primarily slows down bowel movement and has many side effects, Atractylodes lancea doesn’t tamper with natural gastric emptying.

Instead, its magic lies in its ability to regulate. By influencing the CRF and vagal pathways, this botanical marvel takes on the role of a controller, governing the balance of gastrointestinal hormones.

Integrating Tradition and Modernity 

While pharmaceuticals like Alosetron might provide temporary relief, their unidirectional approach often lacks the holistic understanding that herbs bring to the table. A combination of both, however, can be powerful.

Herbal formulas containing Atracylodes work on a deeper regulatory level, addressing the root of the problem. With time, as the body finds its balance, individuals often gravitate more towards these herbal solutions and complement them with lifestyle changes for long-term gut health.

Quality Matters: A Journey to the Mongolian Steppes

Botanicals are as effective as their source. The finest Atractylodes, for instance, hail from the vast, windswept steppes of Mongolia. Here, the dynamic Eurasian winds carry a rich diversity of microbiota. This exposure compels the Atractylodes plants to adapt, resulting in volatile oil pockets teeming with bioactivity. Notably, Chorus ensures that their Atractylodes, is sustainably wildcrafted, ensuring potency without compromising the environment.

3) A Gentle Approach: The Need for Forgiveness and Grace

The gut is sensitive, reacting to what we eat and our emotions, stress levels, and overall health. Therefore, an effective approach to gut health must be gentle, forgiving, and adaptive. In the realm of botanical medicine, plants like Kudzu exemplify this philosophy. Renowned in TCM for its healing properties, Kudzu embodies a remedy that offers grace, accommodating the occasional dietary indiscretions and life’s inevitable ups and downs.

Kudzu (Ge Gen): Unraveling The Roots

Known scientifically as *Pueraria lobata*, Ge Gen has been used for centuries in TCM. This plant has found its way into many traditional preparations, heralded for its therapeutic properties. Recent scientific research has added weight to these age-old claims, particularly in addressing the issue of intestinal permeability.

Intestinal permeability, commonly known as “leaky gut”, is a condition where the barrier function of the intestinal wall becomes compromised, allowing toxins, bacteria, and food particles to seep into the bloodstream. This can lead to a host of health issues, including chronic inflammation. Ge Gen is found to fortify this barrier, reducing the permeability and enhancing gut health.

The Hangover Helper

While TCM has long lauded Ge Gen’s benefits, modern science is catching up, especially regarding hangover prevention. Alcohol consumption can lead to liver damage, but Ge Gen comes to the rescue by repairing alcohol-induced liver injury. It’s not just the liver it protects; the overall formula, with Ge Gen at its heart, can be a savior after a night of overindulgence, mitigating the effects of a hangover.

Chrous

In the nexus of time-tested tradition and groundbreaking science, Chorus emerges as the beacon for holistic gut health. Harnessing the profound insights of Traditional Chinese Medicine, bolstered by rigorous scientific validation, Chorus champions a new era of wellness where adaptability, balance, and gentle care take center stage. As we journey into the future, let us not forget the whispers of the past. With Chorus, we celebrate the perfect harmony of age-old wisdom and contemporary understanding, providing a resonant answer to modern health challenges. Choose Chorus, where tradition meets today for a healthier tomorrow.

About the Author

Brehan Crawford in the Snow
For more insights, collaborations, or to reach out to Brehan, you can connect with him through his online platforms:

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Brehan Crawford, based in McMinnville, Oregon, is a distinguished clinician specializing in the treatment of chronic conditions, particularly Lyme Disease and its coinfections. After earning his Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2009, he deepened his expertise with a 5-year residency under the mentorship of the renowned Dr. Heiner Fruehauf at the Hai Shan Clinic. A Diplomate of Oriental Medicine from the NCCAOM, Brehan has pioneered innovative methods using Traditional Chinese Medicine for chronic infections. Known for mentoring other professionals, he regularly imparts knowledge on advanced Chinese herbal medicine applications. Beyond his clinical pursuits, Brehan enjoys singing, cooking, and hiking.

Corydalis Salve and Evil Bone Water: Power Duo for Pain Relief

Explore the natural pain relief of Corydalis Salve and Evil Bone Water. Grounded in the tradition of Chinese medicine, this dynamic duo has been harnessed for its potent pain-relieving properties. By blending ancient remedies with modern understanding, discover how these topical treatments can offer unparalleled relief for various physical discomforts. Whether you’re well-versed in herbal treatments or are just beginning your journey, our in-depth look promises valuable insights into effective, natural pain management.

Pain Relief Power Combo: Corydalis Salve and Evil Bone Water

Take advantage of the synergistic effect of our two bestselling topical ointments for ultimate pain relief. Corydalis Relief Salve and Evil Bone Water are like the Yin and Yang of pain relief. Each topical works in separate yet complementary ways in managing pain. First, apply Evil Bone Water for fast and powerful pain relief. It will immediately soothe symptoms. Then, apply Corydalis Relief Salve for a longer-lasting, soothing effect.

Evil Bone Water Benefits

  • Opens up pores for quick absorption
  • Intense stimulation with natural menthol and camphor
  • Natural pain-relieving compounds move blood faster, speeds healing, and decreases inflammation
  • Alcohol base

Corydalis Relief Salve Benefits

  • Soothes skin for prolonged absorption
  • Gentle stimulation with Corydalis, lavender, frankincense, and myrrh
  • Natural pain-relieving compounds activate dopamine and opiate receptors to decrease pain.
  • Coconut oil, Shea Butter and Beeswax base

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The Power of Combining Evil Bone Water with Corydalis Salve

Merging the capabilities of Evil Bone Water with Corydalis Salve unlocks the full potential of Corydalis, providing targeted and efficient pain relief. Evil Bone Water prepares the skin for better absorption of the salve, allowing it to penetrate deeper and offer pain relief for up to 2-3 hours longer.

This unique combination ensures that the Corydalis Salve is utilized to its fullest extent, maximizing benefits for users.

Understanding the Role of Alcohol in Topicals

Alcohol-based topicals, like ethanol, are widely used in topical applications and are generally safe, even under heavy-use conditions. Ethanol decreases skin oil and lowers the skin barrier function, making the membrane more permeable. This allows for better penetration of other herbs and ingredients, such as Corydalis, when used in combination with Evil Bone Water.

The Art of Using Liniments and Salves

Alcohol-based liniments, such as Evil Bone Water, are known for their quicker absorption speed compared to oil-based topicals. The alcohol content in these linaments allows the active ingredients to penetrate the skin rapidly and reach the affected muscles or joints more effectively. This leads to faster relief from pain and discomfort. The trade-off is that this volatility causes it to evaporate and dry quickly off the skin.

On the other hand, oil-based salves tend to be slower to absorb and act more as a time-release mechanism. They create a barrier on the skin, gradually releasing the active ingredients over time. While both types of topicals can be beneficial, combining them, you get the best of both.

How Corydalis and Evil Bone Water Complement Each Other

Topical Corydalis and Evil Bone Water are both known for their pain-relieving properties, albeit through different mechanisms.

Sensory neurons

Sensory neurons in our skin contain pain receptors that help us feel pain. These receptors can be turned on or off by natural substances in the skin, like histamine. The way we perceive pain is also influenced by our brain and brain stem. The most common type of pain receptor found in the skin is known as transient receptor potential (TRP) channels.

San Qi

Evil Bone Water, an ancient Chinese remedy, contains an ingredient called Panax notoginseng or “san qi,” which has been used for centuries to treat pain. The active components in Panax notoginseng are compounds called ginsenosides, which can be absorbed into the skin when applied topically.

Research has shown that one particular ginsenoside, called Rg1, can help reduce pain by blocking specific pain receptors (TRPV1 channels) and decreasing inflammation. This is achieved by reducing the production of a molecule called PGE2, which is known to cause inflammation. Another study found that ginsenosides might directly block these pain receptors in sensory neurons, further contributing to their pain-relieving effects.

Panax notoginseng has been used safely for centuries in traditional medicine, making it a reliable ingredient for remedies like Evil Bone Water. By targeting specific pain receptors and reducing inflammation, the ginsenosides in Evil Bone Water can provide relief from pain and discomfort, offering a natural option for managing pain.

Yan Huo Suo

Corydalis (aka Yan Hu Sou) contains high concentrations of alkaloids (mainly Dehydrocorydaline) and berberine. Dehydrochorydaline attaches to Dopamine and Opiate receptors to inhibit pain and relieve pain without creating an addiction. It does this by avoiding Dopamine receptors 2 and 4 (responsible for cravings) and instead stimulates and attaches to Dopamine receptors 1,3, and 5. Receptors 1,3, and 5 allow you to experience relief but are also the shutoff buttons for craving and wanting more Corydalis. The high concentrations of berberine support reducing inflammation in various tissues. The other plants and oils in the Relief Salve also contain compounds that help support the two main functions of Corydalis. The most notable helper in the formula is Copaiba which stimulates Cannabinoid (CBD) receptors in the same way as hemp.

Together is Better

Harnessing the power of natural remedies like Evil Bone Water and Corydalis Cream offers a promising pathway in chronic pain management. By combining these, we not only tap into the individual strengths of each remedy but also unlock their combined potential for enhanced relief.

About the Author

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Brehan Crawford, based in McMinnville, Oregon, is a distinguished clinician specializing in the treatment of chronic conditions, particularly Lyme Disease and its coinfections. After earning his Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2009, he deepened his expertise with a 5-year residency under the mentorship of the renowned Dr. Heiner Fruehauf at the Hai Shan Clinic. A Diplomate of Oriental Medicine from the NCCAOM, Brehan has pioneered innovative methods using Traditional Chinese Medicine for chronic infections. Known for mentoring other professionals, he regularly imparts knowledge on advanced Chinese herbal medicine applications. Beyond his clinical pursuits, Brehan enjoys singing, cooking, and hiking.

Chorus FAQ: Restoring Your Microbiome with Herbs

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Unlock the secrets of optimal gut health with FAQ Chorus. Chorus is a revolutionary blend designed to harmonize and rejuvenate your digestive system.

Drawing from traditional herbal wisdom and modern insights into the microbiome, Chorus addresses common challenges many face due to medications and the Standard American Diet. Here is our comprehensive Chorus FAQ to learn how this potent formula can be the key to better digestion, metabolic balance, and overall well-being

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Frequently Asked Questions

With the rising interest in natural and holistic health, Chorus has become a favorite for many looking to optimize their gut health. Here’s a roundup of the most common FAQ Chorus we’ve received about this groundbreaking product.

How often should I take Chorus?

The recommended dosage is one to two capsules, taken three times daily. However, as with any supplement or medication, it’s essential to consult with your healthcare professional for personalized advice.

Are there side effects associated with Chorus?

Being a natural formulation, Chorus has few side effects. However, initial changes in the microbiome might lead to minor alterations in bowel movements and increased burping or flatulence. These usually adjust within one to two weeks.

How soon will I notice results?

Results vary, but most users report improvements in digestion within one to two weeks. We recommend using Chorus consistently for at least three months for best results.

Is Chorus safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s crucial to consult with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplement, including Chorus.

Can children use Chorus?

Chorus is primarily formulated for adults. If considering it for a child, always consult a healthcare professional to adjust the dosage.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you forget a dose, take it when you remember. If it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed one and continue your routine. No need to double up.

What if my symptoms worsen after starting Chorus?

Some users might experience temporary symptom increases or stomach upset as their microbiome adjusts. If this happens, consider reducing your dose until the symptoms subside or stop taking until you feel better and restart at a lower dose. 

What's the primary purpose of Chorus?

Chorus is expertly crafted to counteract the detrimental effects of the typical American diet and prescription medications on the gut, promoting optimal digestive health.

 What benefits does Chorus offer?

Chorus helps clear phlegm, relieve food stagnation, combat the adverse effects of the American diet and prescription medications, reduce inflammation, support beneficial gut microbes, and even aid in preventing hangovers.

What makes Chorus ingredients special?

Each ingredient, from Atractylodes lancea to Mu Xiang and Coix Seeds, uniquely promotes gut health, from enhancing bile secretion to increasing fecal moisture content. The ingredients in these products are very high quality often sustainably wild-crafted or sourced from small family farms.

Can Chorus aid in weight loss?

While primarily designed for gut health, some users have reported weight loss as a beneficial side effect when combined with a balanced diet and exercise.

What conditions can benefit from Chorus?

Several conditions, including skin issues like psoriasis, mold exposure, food intolerances, and sinus problems, have reportedly improved with Chorus.

How should Chorus be stored?

Keep Chorus in a cool, dry place. Once opened, using it promptly ensures maximum potency. Refrigeration can help maintain its effectiveness.

Are there any precautions before using Chorus?

As always, consult with a healthcare professional before starting Chorus, especially if pregnant.

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Experience the benefits of Chorus for yourself. Begin your journey to a healthier, happier gut

FAQ Chorus Final Thoughts

Chorus represents a holistic approach to gut health, addressing many of the challenges modern individuals face due to diet and medications.

We hope this FAQ has answered most of your questions. For More Information. 

Remember, optimal health is a journey, and Chorus is here to support you every step of the way.

About the Author

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For more insights, collaborations, or to reach out to Brehan, you can connect with him through his online platforms:

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Brehan Crawford, based in McMinnville, Oregon, is a distinguished clinician specializing in the treatment of chronic conditions, particularly Lyme Disease and its coinfections. After earning his Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2009, he deepened his expertise with a 5-year residency under the mentorship of the renowned Dr. Heiner Fruehauf at the Hai Shan Clinic. A Diplomate of Oriental Medicine from the NCCAOM, Brehan has pioneered innovative methods using Traditional Chinese Medicine for chronic infections. Known for mentoring other professionals, he regularly imparts knowledge on advanced Chinese herbal medicine applications. Beyond his clinical pursuits, Brehan enjoys singing, cooking, and hiking.

Chorus: A Holistic Approach to Combating Dysbiosis

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Chorus has emerged as a pioneering approach to optimize gut well-being. Delving deep into the intricacies of the microbiome, this article sheds light on the challenges of dysbiosis, offering patients effective and sustainable solutions. Read on to explore how this blend of traditional wisdom and modern science transforms lives.

FAQ About Chorus

Bridging Modern Medicine for Optimal Gut Health

In an era dominated by pharmaceutical wonders, the myriad of side effects accompanying many medications often go unnoticed, hidden within the vast fine print of drug labels. From bloating and weight gain to cognitive impairments like brain fog, these side effects, while unintended, can profoundly impact an individual’s quality of life. Yet, in this challenging landscape emerges a beacon of hope: the groundbreaking Chorus, aiming to harmonize the intricate dance between medications, side effects, and our microbiome

Microbiome's Pivotal Role in Medication Response

A singular question has baffled healthcare professionals for years: Why do medications affect individuals so differently? The answer, as cutting-edge research suggests, lies within our microbiome—an incredibly diverse ecosystem of trillions of microorganisms residing primarily within our gut. These microbial populations, as unique as our fingerprints, play a pivotal role in our immune responses, metabolic processes, and even our emotions via the gut-brain axis.

The standard Western diet, replete with sugars, fats, and processed components, often throws this delicate microbial balance into disarray, leading to dysbiosis. Add to this the potential disruption caused by medications, and you have a recipe for varied medication responses and side effects across individuals.

Medications and the Stomach

While the microbiome-targeting nature of antibiotics is well-known, various other medications, from NSAIDs to proton pump inhibitors, can also tip the balance of our gut flora. This disruption can manifest in diverse ways, from minor alterations in bacterial populations to profound shifts in microbial functionalities.

The Chorus Promise

Drawing inspiration from age-old traditional practices, particularly those rooted in East Asian medical philosophies, Chorus aims to marry modern medicine’s strengths with holistic health’s nurturing approach. Instead of merely treating symptoms, Chorus dives deep, addressing the very foundation of health—our gut.

Our video shares Jerry’s story, which beautifully encapsulates the transformative power of this product. Struggling with persistent digestive issues, Jerry found solace in Chorus. She noted profound improvements within a mere fortnight of embracing Chorus and its easy-to-swallow capsules.

A Global Movement in Gut Health

Driving this revolution in gut health is Team Chorus—a dynamic consortium of doctors, researchers, and pharmacists dedicated to refining and sharing their innovative protocol. Today, Chorus is not just a fad—it’s a global movement, with its strategies being adopted in clinics across 20 countries.

In the intricate labyrinth of health and wellness, the Chorus emerges as a guiding light, presenting a holistic path forward for those seeking to reclaim their gut health. There is no better time to take the reins of your health journey.

About the Author

Brehan Crawford in the Snow
For more insights, collaborations, or to reach out to Brehan, you can connect with him through his online platforms:

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Brehan Crawford, based in McMinnville, Oregon, is a distinguished clinician specializing in the treatment of chronic conditions, particularly Lyme Disease and its coinfections. After earning his Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2009, he deepened his expertise with a 5-year residency under the mentorship of the renowned Dr. Heiner Fruehauf at the Hai Shan Clinic. A Diplomate of Oriental Medicine from the NCCAOM, Brehan has pioneered innovative methods using Traditional Chinese Medicine for chronic infections. Known for mentoring other professionals, he regularly imparts knowledge on advanced Chinese herbal medicine applications. Beyond his clinical pursuits, Brehan enjoys singing, cooking, and hiking.

Fibromyalgia Stage 3: Burning and Electrical Pain

Fibromyalgia Stage 3 Buring and Electroal Pain

Introduction to Stage 3

Navigating the journey of chronic conditions requires a methodical, step-by-step approach. With each step building on the foundation from the one before. As we transition to Stage 3, the focus sharpens on the intricate relationship between the physical and the emotional realm. Recognizing the significant interplay between fibromyalgia’s physical symptoms, notably the burning, electrical pain, and its psychological underpinnings, this stage delves deeper. It seeks to address the underlying trauma and initiate the healing of the autonomic nervous system, all while building upon the groundwork laid in the preceding stages.

Drawing insights from both contemporary and traditional medicine, Stage 3 encapsulates a multifaceted approach, offering strategies from botanical interventions to breath work.

The Role of Cortisol

What is it?

Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands, located atop the kidneys. Its synthesis and release into the bloodstream follows a diurnal rhythm, often peaking in the early morning and declining as the day progresses. This rhythm is pivotal for various physiological processes, such as energy regulation, immune function, and our overall daily activity levels. However, when the delicate balance of cortisol production is disturbed, it can have detrimental health implications.

The body’s natural rhythms and hormone regulation systems can be undermined by factors such as chronic stress, poor diet, and inadequate sleep. Dysregulation of cortisol is implicated in a plethora of health conditions ranging from chronic fatigue to more complex autoimmune disorders. Persistently elevated or depleted cortisol levels can exacerbate inflammation, hinder immune function, and disturb the balance of other essential hormones.

Historical Overuse

Reflecting upon the 20th century, antibiotics and steroids emerged as medical marvels. Yet, their overuse led to various complications, prompting the rise of alternative medicine theories like candida overgrowth and adrenal fatigue as predominant disease culprits. While there is merit to these theories, they aren’t universally applicable to all chronic ailments. Drawing a parallel, recommendations in natural medicine, such as specific dietary restrictions for candida or using adrenal tonics like high-dose ginseng or Maca, might not always offer the expected therapeutic benefits, and in some cases, might even be detrimental.

The synthetic steroid, cortisone, garnered immense recognition in the 1950s for its efficacy in treating conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Its success stories paved the way for its application in an array of health issues, from autoimmune diseases to allergies. Yet, the subsequent discovery of its severe side effects following chronic exposure necessitated a re-evaluation of its indiscriminate use. Chronic stress, often labeled as a modern epidemic, can push our bodies into overproduction of steroid hormones, mimicking symptoms seen with excessive steroid exposure.

To illustrate, consider the following symptoms: anxiety, depression, palpitations, fluctuating blood pressure, irregular appetite, increased susceptibility to infections, muscle weakness, persistent fatigue, nausea, sleep disturbances, menstrual irregularities, edema, and exacerbation of gastrointestinal issues. These symptoms could be attributed to chronic steroid use or a condition like fibromyalgia. This overlap underscores the complexity of hormonal dysregulation and its far-reaching implications on health.

In integrating the realms of conventional and natural medicine, it becomes crucial to approach hormonal balance with a nuanced understanding, recognizing the significance of cortisol’s role in chronic conditions while also being discerning in treatment modalities.

The Role of Trauma

Now and Then

Trauma, both physiological and psychological, is a multifaceted element that plays a vital role in the onset and exacerbation of numerous health conditions, with fibromyalgia standing out notably. The intricate relationship between traumatic experiences and fibromyalgia has been a subject of significant medical intrigue, leading to a deeper understanding of its implications.

In fact, a 2012 study available on [NCBI] emphatically underlines this connection, highlighting that individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia were markedly more prone to having encountered verbal, physical, or sexual abuse during their formative years compared to the general populace.

Beyond direct experiences, we must consider the profound and often overlooked concept of intergenerational trauma. While it might seem esoteric to some, it’s a phenomenon deeply rooted in scientific validation. According to a study published on [SciTechDaily], the aftereffects of trauma can reverberate across generations, manifesting in descendants who might not have directly experienced trauma themselves. In such cases, fibromyalgia’s onset could be attributed to the harrowing experiences endured by predecessors, such as parents or grandparents.

HPA to Cortisol

A common physiological consequence of trauma is the dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, causing the body to perpetually produce excessive cortisol. This persistent heightened state—akin to being in ceaseless “fight or flight” mode—drives the body to function in a perpetual survival mechanism. Such constant activation can lead to a spectrum of health issues, with fibromyalgia being a prominent manifestation.

From my perspective as an acupuncturist, it’s essential to counsel patients with fibromyalgia and similar conditions about managing their well-being, especially during phases of recovery. The lure of ‘catching up’ on lost time, while understandable, can quickly lead to relapses. Overexerting oneself during the ‘good days’ can inadvertently trigger a return of symptoms. My emphasis, therefore, is on the imperative of quality rest. Realigning and recalibrating the body’s rhythms, particularly cortisol production, and prioritizing recuperative downtime is paramount. After all, wellness is not just about the absence of pain; it’s about holistic healing and rejuvenation.

Now and Then

Trauma, both physiological and psychological, is a multifaceted element that plays a vital role in the onset and exacerbation of numerous health conditions, with fibromyalgia standing out notably. The intricate relationship between traumatic experiences and fibromyalgia has been a subject of significant medical intrigue, leading to a deeper understanding of its implications.

In fact, a 2012 study available on [NCBI] emphatically underlines this connection, highlighting that individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia were markedly more prone to having encountered verbal, physical, or sexual abuse during their formative years compared to the general populace.

Beyond direct experiences, we must consider the profound and often overlooked concept of intergenerational trauma. While it might seem esoteric to some, it’s a phenomenon deeply rooted in scientific validation. According to a study published on [SciTechDaily], the aftereffects of trauma can reverberate across generations, manifesting in descendants who might not have directly experienced trauma themselves. In such cases, fibromyalgia’s onset could be attributed to the harrowing experiences endured by predecessors, such as parents or grandparents.

HPA to Cortisol

A common physiological consequence of trauma is the dysregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, causing the body to perpetually produce excessive cortisol. This persistent heightened state—akin to being in ceaseless “fight or flight” mode—drives the body to function in a perpetual survival mechanism. Such constant activation can lead to a spectrum of health issues, with fibromyalgia being a prominent manifestation.

From my perspective as an acupuncturist, it’s essential to counsel patients with fibromyalgia and similar conditions about managing their well-being, especially during phases of recovery. The lure of ‘catching up’ on lost time, while understandable, can quickly lead to relapses. Overexerting oneself during the ‘good days’ can inadvertently trigger a return of symptoms. My emphasis, therefore, is on the imperative of quality rest. Realigning and recalibrating the body’s rhythms, particularly cortisol production, and prioritizing recuperative downtime is paramount. After all, wellness is not just about the absence of pain; it’s about holistic healing and rejuvenation.

The Role of Dysautonomia

Balancing the Two

Dysautonomia, at its core, refers to the malfunctioning of the autonomic nervous system which governs involuntary bodily functions like heart rate, blood pressure, and digestion. Understanding dysautonomia requires delving into the two contrasting branches of the autonomic nervous system: the Sympathetic and Parasympathetic systems.

The Sympathetic system, often symbolized by Yang, is the body’s response mechanism to stressful stimuli, propelling us into an active, alert state known as the “fight or flight” mode. When this system is activated, our body prioritizes survival by directing blood flow towards essential organs and muscles, preparing us for immediate action.

The Parasympathetic system, represented by Yin, induces a state of calmness and restoration, aptly termed the “rest and digest” mode. It facilitates recovery, healing, and energy conservation. During this phase, the body slows down, focusing on internal processes that rejuvenate and restore equilibrium.

In an ideal scenario, the body seamlessly transitions between these two modes, maintaining a harmonious balance. However, dysautonomia disrupts this balance, with one system often overshadowing the other, leading to an array of health issues.


Dysautonomia to Cortisol

With modern life’s challenges, the ‘Yang’ or Sympathetic dominance often prevails, causing prolonged periods of stress marked by increased cortisol production. Societal pressures advocating perpetual productivity and the diminishing emphasis on community and relaxation further accentuate this imbalance.

While it’s a common misconception that one can simply “switch off” the Sympathetic and “switch on” the Parasympathetic, the reality is more nuanced. Transitioning from one mode to another is akin to a pendulum’s swing. Sometimes, we might need to experience heightened Sympathetic activity – like the catharsis after a good cry – before easing into the restorative embrace of the Parasympathetic state.

Once we achieve this balance, the emphasis should be on maintaining it. Incorporating practices like acupuncture, meditation, and deep breathing can aid this process, providing the body with the tools it needs to retain its equilibrium amidst life’s chaos.

Treatment Tools

Xiao Yao Wan

Derived from a formula crafted during the Song Dynasty, Xiao Yao San, or “The Free and Easy Wanderer,” is an emblem of Taoist principles promoting serenity, groundedness, and the capacity to gracefully navigate life’s vicissitudes. This ancient remedy, with its origins nearly a millennium ago, offers a blend of ingredients designed to bring equilibrium to the Yin and Yang facets of our autonomic nervous system.

At the epicenter of this formula lies a trio of fundamental components: Poria cocos, Ginger, and Atractylodes. These constituents, though pivotal in previous stages of treatment, play a more subdued role in the Xiao Yao San stage, emphasizing the need for harmony within the gut-brain nexus, a central factor in the overall health of the autonomic nervous system. Intriguingly, contemporary research indicates that Xiao Yao San is adept at mitigating anxiety and depression symptoms by fostering a balanced gut microflora.

Modern scientific inquiries into Xiao Yao San have illuminated its multifaceted therapeutic attributes. It’s shown promise in ameliorating blood-brain barrier injuries induced by chronic stress and has exhibited a potent neuroprotective and antidepressant influence. Furthermore, systematic reviews suggest that it might even outperform SSRI medications in alleviating depressive symptoms, as gauged by the Hamilton rating system.

Peony, an ingredient more renowned in the West for its floral beauty than its medicinal properties, stands out as a star player in this formula. In the realm of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), this bloom is lauded for its ability to relax smooth muscles and impart tranquility to the nervous and cardiovascular systems. Notably, high-quality Peony boasts two vital compounds: Albiflorin, which offers neuroprotection, and Paeoniflorin, beneficial for cardiovascular health. Moreover, Paeoniflorin has demonstrated superior efficacy compared to certain NSAIDs, like ibuprofen, in attenuating menstrual cramp pain.

Another core component, Bupleurum, previously spotlighted in stage one, reemerges here to counter hepatic inflammation and the adverse impacts of stress hormones. Its drying properties are harmoniously offset by Peony and Tang Kuai, the latter serving as a soothing salve for the nervous system. Tang Kuai, which we’ll delve deeper into in stage four, functions as a therapeutic agent, especially for those grappling with the aftermath of chronic stress and trauma. It’s not only effective but also presents a safer alternative to certain adrenal tonics that might inadvertently exacerbate chronic inflammation.

Tibetan Foot Soaks

In the intricate dance of healing from chronic conditions, especially in the third stage of the protocol, a practice often overlooked but deeply therapeutic is the Tibetan foot soak. A ritual reintroduced after its initial recommendation in stage one, it’s more than just a mere relaxation technique; the herbs employed in these foot soaks harbor profound healing properties.

A standout ingredient is the Tibetan Rhodiola, a potent adrenal adaptogen. While it’s gained limited recognition in the Western realm, this herb has showcased its prowess in diminishing stress-induced fatigue and exhaustion. Studies corroborate its efficacy, with randomized controlled trials illustrating its ability to counteract burnout symptoms. Historically, Tibetan Rhodiola has been a cherished remedy in frigid terrains like Russia and Tibet, where locals have leaned on its invigorating effects to combat fatigue. Even in Western countries like Sweden, it’s been in use since the 1700s. However, its oral intake can sometimes pose dosing challenges, with some individuals experiencing disrupted sleep or heightened fatigue. The foot soak offers an elegant solution. When absorbed transdermally, the herb’s therapeutic compounds permeate the skin, entering the bloodstream and manifesting their healing effects without the pitfalls of oral consumption.

Not to be overshadowed, Acorus plays a pivotal role as a neurogenic agent. Elevated cortisol levels, often seen in chronic stress, can wreak havoc on our peripheral nerves. Acorus serves a dual purpose: it not only alleviates the anxiety accompanying such nerve damage but also facilitates the repair and regeneration of nerve tissues. Envision it as a rejuvenating elixir for the brain.

In this third stage, there’s also the inclusion of a topical treatment tailored to mitigate the sensations of burning and electrical pain that many with chronic conditions experience. Enter Corydalis. A botanical kin to the poppy, Corydalis imparts its pain-relieving effects via our body’s innate opioid pathways. Yet, it boasts advantages over typical opioid drugs. It’s non-addictive, avoids the gastrointestinal side effects associated with its oral counterparts, and doesn’t trigger positive drug test results. Being a stabilizer for mast cells, it’s a beacon of hope for those grappling with the deeper, intrinsic causes of pain inherent to conditions like fibromyalgia.

Armed with this soothing tea, restorative foot soak, and topical balm, patients can find solace and healing, readying them for the subsequent breathing exercises tailored for this stage.

Breathing

The intricate dance of managing chronic conditions requires a holistic approach, which entails not only physical but also mental and emotional interventions. One of the cornerstones of this healing journey is cultivating a mindset of gratitude. If you’ve been following the stage Zero protocol, you would recall the practice of gratitude journaling. It’s an opportunity to reflect, acknowledge, and appreciate the transformational shifts in your life. With every stage of the fibromyalgia protocol, it’s worthwhile to revisit these journal entries to recognize the evolution of your health journey.

As we advance, there emerges a potent exercise— the “huff and puff.” Its core lies in fostering mental clarity and tranquility, often catalyzing deep emotional releases. This practice, however, comes with a word of caution. It’s paramount to observe safety protocols and heed the physical and emotional signals the body communicates. The effectiveness of this exercise is amplified when coupled with daily journaling over a span of 30 days.

The power of the “huff and puff” is rooted in a precise sequence of controlled breathing. Initiated by lying comfortably on your back, the process begins with a focused deep abdominal inhalation, succeeded by a rapid inhalation into the upper chest. This is followed by a vigorous, intentional exhale. The rhythmic cycle— In, In, Out— continues, forging a bridge between the conscious and subconscious.

This breathing sequence may induce sensations like lightheadedness or tingling in extremities. It’s crucial to be aware of these responses and understand they’re a part of the process. The profound emotional release, often manifested through tears, laughter, or even vivid memories, is emblematic of the deep-seated emotional baggage being shed.

Pain and discomfort, both physical and emotional, are profound teachers. They might be tough taskmasters, but they invariably guide us towards introspection and necessary life shifts. Whether it’s a radical career change, exiting toxic environments, or embracing therapeutic practices, it’s these transformative decisions that often become pivotal in our healing journeys.

While the “huff and puff” is immensely therapeutic, it also demands respect, consistency, and courage. It’s not just an exercise but an invitation to a deeper understanding of oneself, a bridge to inner peace, and a tool to confront and release pent-up emotions. As you progress in your journey, always remember the importance of journaling, the potency of gratitude, and the transformative power of breathing. Embrace this holistic approach, and await the rejuvenation promised in stage four.

Step-by-Step Guide to the “Huff and Puff”

1. Choose a Safe Space
Select a comfortable and safe environment, such as your bedroom, a parked car, or a friend’s living room floor.

2. Position Yourself
Lay on your back on a comfy surface. If that’s uncomfortable, opt for a recliner

3. Locate the Reference Point
Using a ballpoint pen’s tail end or a pencil’s eraser end, gently press halfway between your navel and pubic bone. This isn’t for acupressure but for feedback during your deep abdominal breathing.

4. Deep Abdominal Breath
Breathe deeply into your abdomen, either through your nose or mouth. Your goal is to push the pen upwards using your breath. If it takes time to master this, especially after abdominal surgeries like c-sections, be patient and keep practicing.

5. Upper Chest Inhale
After mastering the abdominal breath, take a quick full inhale into the ribs and upper chest.

6. Forceful Exhale
Release all the air in a forceful exhale through your mouth.

7. Combine the Steps
Now, practice the sequence: Abdominal inhale, upper chest inhale, forceful exhale.
Follow this pattern: In, In, Out. Repeat.

8. Monitor Your Feelings
You might become lightheaded, which is a reason not to do this while driving. If you fall asleep during the exercise, that’s fine. When you wake up, decide if you want to continue or try again another day.

9. Duration
Aim to practice this breathing sequence for 15 minutes. With consistent daily practice, time will seem to pass quicker.

Possible Reactions and Solutions

-Tingling Sensation: You may experience tingling in various parts of your body. This is normal and temporary.

– Nausea: If you feel nauseous, especially on a full stomach, pause and try again later when your stomach is empty.

– Lobster Hands”: If your hands, feet, face, or abdomen cramp or become stiff, this is due to increased oxygen and decreased CO2, making the blood more alkaline. Stop the exercise, and breathe slowly in through your nose for a count of six and out through your mouth for a count of six. Repeat until the tetany subsides and try again the next day.

– Emotional Release This exercise can evoke strong emotions like crying, laughter, or recalling traumatic memories. If this happens, express those emotions and let them go. Return to the exercise the next day.

Recommendations
For best results, practice the “huff and puff” daily for 30 days. Journal your experiences afterward. Keep this exercise as a go-to method for future needs. Remember to be in a safe space when practicing, as emotional release can be intense.

Topical Corydalis

As an acupuncturist, I’ve frequently observed the profound impacts of ancient remedies in modern medical scenarios, and one such remedy gaining prominence in the realm of pain management is Corydalis. Derived from the poppy family, Corydalis has been long hailed in traditional medicine for its potent pain-relieving properties. What sets this herb apart, especially in the current climate of opioid crisis, is its non-habit-forming nature. Unlike typical opioids, Corydalis offers a significant reduction in pain without ushering in a host of undesirable side effects. Furthermore, its unique biochemical composition helps stabilize mast cells, a pivotal cellular component involved in various inflammatory and allergic responses. By targeting these cells, Corydalis addresses the root causes of conditions like fibromyalgia, presenting not just symptomatic relief but a potential therapeutic intervention. When incorporated into topical liniments, the direct application further maximizes the herb’s efficacy, offering targeted relief in chronic conditions. The integration of such time-tested botanical wisdom into contemporary treatments underscores the vast potential of merging traditional and modern therapeutic paradigms.

Navigating Chronic Conditions

Embarking on the exploration of fibromyalgia’s Stage 3 has illuminated the profound interplay between the searing sensations of burning and electrical pain, the physiological responses mediated by cortisol, the shadows cast by unresolved trauma, and the overarching dynamics of Dysautonomia. These connections, complex and deeply personal, reveal the multifaceted nature of chronic pain and the essential role of a holistic approach in its management.

Traditional methods, which have stood the test of time, offer not just symptomatic relief but delve deeper into the root causes. Xiao yao wan, for instance, plays a pivotal role in moderating the body’s stress reactions, emphasizing its significance in balancing cortisol levels. Foot soaks, a therapeutic mainstay, have emerged as powerful modalities to recalibrate the body’s energy channels and pacify a disrupted autonomic nervous system. Breathwork’s potential in guiding emotional releases, particularly in navigating the treacherous waters of trauma, is unparalleled. And, of course, the topical liniments, especially those with the potency of Corydalis, afford immediate relief while working in concert with other modalities to ensure an all-encompassing healing experience.

For those inspired to incorporate these traditional methods into their healing journey, Crawford Wellness provides a comprehensive range of products tailored for these specific needs. From Xiao yao wan formulations to soothing foot soaks, guided breathwork resources, and potent topical liniments, Crawford Wellness emerges as a trusted repository for holistic wellness.

As we conclude our exploration of Stage 3, it is essential to recognize the individuality of each journey. While the roadmap provides direction, the journey’s pace, challenges, and rewards are unique to each individual. And, as always, personalized medical consultation remains paramount.

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Brehan Crawford, based in McMinnville, Oregon, is a distinguished clinician specializing in the treatment of chronic conditions, particularly Lyme Disease and its coinfections. After earning his Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2009, he deepened his expertise with a 5-year residency under the mentorship of the renowned Dr. Heiner Fruehauf at the Hai Shan Clinic. A Diplomate of Oriental Medicine from the NCCAOM, Brehan has pioneered innovative methods using Traditional Chinese Medicine for chronic infections. Known for mentoring other professionals, he regularly imparts knowledge on advanced Chinese herbal medicine applications. Beyond his clinical pursuits, Brehan enjoys singing, cooking, and hiking.