Chilblains & Raynaud’s Syndrome – Herbs to Balance Body Temperature

As a sufferer of severe Raynaud’s where my finger joints would go purple and black every winter, I’ve given a lot of thought to this condition and tried all kinds of treatments for it till I finally found something that really worked.

Creams that have lanolin (sheep fat) work the best to create a layer of protection from the cold, and the topical application of Winter Cherry, Spikenard, Datura and other herbs that create warmth locally, are necessary as you will have to keep your fingers and toes as warm as possible.

However, despite all that, the basic condition persists in those whose body temperature and therefore metabolism  isn’t stable.

For those whose body temperature has fallen chronically beneath the norm, herbal teas that warm up the body – Rosehips and Nettle for example, can help. For those who are running a higher than normal temperature, Chamomile is a tea that can help.

But those are very temporary fixes and their effect is limited.

To truly get your fingers and toes back to normal, hormonal rehabilitation through balancing body temperature is the only thing to do. It took me all of three years to achieve, but it did finally happen.

These are the herbs I took regularly and which are part of my Herbal Treatment for Raynaud’s Syndrome:

Mistletoe

All the work of making hormones and then transporting them to where they’re needed, and then using them the way they’re supposed to be used – the whole process is dependent on the body maintaining a stable temperature.

A drastic change in temperature starts off new processes and you don’t want a new one starting off while the previous one is still half-way done.

Mistletoe has all the nutrition as well as intelligence and energy to support the body’s own temperature balance mechanisms in getting back up to efficient.

If you’re wondering how that mechanism gets out of order in the first place, it’s over-stimulation and over-adrenalizing with inadequate sleep and rest and recovery. Remember puberty? It probably started then, habits developed then, Mistletoe can help us break out of.

Although Mistletoe in a dose of a drop or two of the concentrated extract will help heart rate and blood pressure stabilize in the moment, its true healing effects can be experienced when taken in small doses over months, maybe even a year or more. A break of a week or two or a little more in-between would be good idea though.

Cactus Grandiflora

is an efficient balancer of the nervous system frequency and in doing that stabilizes the function of the heart. This tones up circulation everywhere without causing any sudden increase in circulation and the subsequent drop. It is exactly that sort of instability that is counter-productive to treating Raynaud’s Disease.

Herbs that boost circulation, like garlic for example, should always be taken in responsible doses and as part of food rather than in strong herbal extract form when you’re trying to get the body to keep its temperature stable – which is what we’re trying to do with this herbal treatment.

Gelsemium or Yellow Jasmine

is a relaxer and calmer of the nervous system too and helps stabilize the extremes of temperature that cause Raynaud’s symptoms. It has the added usefulness of being helpful in moments of stress as a cooler of the brain and overheated nerve endings.

 

 

 

Pulsatilla or Pasque Flower

relaxes the tight and taut nerves in and around the abdomen, including the digestive system and the reproductive system. When this area is all tied up, the body cannot really do much. The reproductive organs are connected in many ways to the hormonal glands in the brain and need to be relaxed so the glands can do their job of maintaining temperature balance.

 

 

Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola
Gotu Kola

has the nutrition and intelligence required to support healing and balance all over the body. In this herbal combination it offers vital nutrients that make it possible for nerves and muscles to interact with each other without the sudden cramping and release associated with undernourished nerves and muscles.

 

 

 

 

Wheatgrass 

 is rehabilitation for the liver and in fact all organs in one way or another. Its simple powerful nutrition makes it possible for the liver to get back into robust function managing hormonal balance in the blood, which in turn supports the maintenance of a stable temperature of the body.

 

 

 

The Fig

has natural sugars and nutrients that comfort and replenish a body depleted and tired by instability in temperature and hormones. This contributes to a feeling of well-being and satisfaction in the nervous system and prevents the sudden nerve-shock that comes just before Raynaud’s attacks.

 

 

 

 

The White Willow

is a famous pain-killer and the source of Aspirin. In this herbal treatment it is used for its effect on circulation and the consequent lessening of inflammation and pain anywhere in the body. Taken as first-aid it works as a pain-killer, taken in small doses regularly over weeks and months, it helps clean up the circulatory system in a gentle but thorough way and prevents the coagulation in blood vessels that promote Raynaud’s Disease.

 

 

 

 

 

Holistic Rejuvenation of Heart, Blood and Bone Marrow Function

One of the body’s most common responses to hidden or suppressed trauma is a steady decline in the quality of blood cells being made.

This is why people ‘age’ suddenly when they have a tragedy or loss that ‘takes the life’ out of them.

This situation can also be caused by actual loss of physical blood, starvation and deprivation over a long period of time (especially in the case of women) and various emotional situations.

The most common cause however is the person doesn’t WANT to live anymore if that’s the way life is. A fall in blood quality and quantity is very simply the life energy withdrawing and the body and psyche being in a state of waiting for something to make the person want to live again.

Nearly every person I’ve ever made medicine for who has had the combination of anemia, fatigue, lessened hair quality or hair loss, lessened bone strength, has been able to remember an event or string of events through which they lost their zest for life.

Not in every case, but often enough, for me to mention it here, this combination of symptoms comes with the person clinging to an illusion or delusion about something. Denial of a painful truth. It takes so much energy to hold up the burden of this big illusion, the poor person is just drained of energy and finds no energy left to do anything else.

Now every soul knows what they have to do for life to be acceptable again, to be free of energy heaviness.

But this often hides behind the noise of our conscious mind with our thoughts and worries loud all day and even all night long.

To reach the point where we can hear what our heart wants us to hear, there are many ways. Some walk, some run, some sleep. The thing to remember is, if you’re not getting there through your normal routine, you have to do something you’re not doing yet.

 

Awareness is Resolution – Feeling your Heartbeat

I have seen amazing healing happen through the power of awareness. Remember that the whole point of illness is to call our attention and awareness to a particular area of the body.

However painful, get brave and become aware of the weak zones. Energy flows where awareness goes.

In the case of weak blood making, the areas we have to give attention to are the bone marrow and the heart.

On a vibration and frequency level, they are the same, they get each other. They work together with blood connecting them, like two ends of an electric circuit. If the bone marrow feels something, the heart feels it and reacts and vice versa.

So here is a simple exercise to bring awareness to both of them. It is simple and you can do it anywhere, any time, once you’ve gotten used to it.

1) Breathe, relax and feel your heart beat. Put your hand on your heart and feel your heart beat if it’s the first time you’re doing this. When you have picked up your heart beat, then let your hand fall and continue to feel your heart beat from inside.

2) Feel the vibration of the heart beat in your liver, just beneath your chest on your right side, and on the left side, your spleen. Both of these play a big role in maintaining blood in the body.

3) Become aware of the report or echo of the heart beat coming from the bones, the center of the bones to be precise.
You can choose one particular bone or area, like the hands or the feet, or the skull, or you can feel a ‘surround report’, like when a gun goes off in the center of the valley and standing right there you get an echo from all sides.

Know that it is not mental awareness that’s the aim here but holistic awareness which is also physical and very importantly emotional.

The cells of our heart, of our bones, they have memory, they have feelings, they have hopes and wishes. When you become aware of them, you might become aware of deep disappointment, loneliness, pain, shock, grief that you didn’t know you had. These might be irrational, they might be from some situation you thought you left behind a long time ago.

Just give your feelings respect. And make time every day perhaps even many times a day to become aware of your heart and the report of your heart beat from the bone marrow.

Herbs to support Blood Function

There are three colors in the blood.

Hibiscus, Rosehips, Rhododendron, Cactus, Nettle, Strawberries; these all help the red part of the blood.
Herbal Treatments for Heart, Blood & Circulation

Milk thistle, Dandelion, Wheatgrass; these help the yellow part of the blood, the liver that is. Bitter herbs usually support the liver.
Herbal Treatments for Liver Support

Mistletoe, Violet, Echinacea, Fenugreek; these help the white part of the blood, spleen and lymphatic function that is. The spleen is stimulated by sweet things. Refined white sugar is bad for you, but there are so many other ways to have sweet in your life.

A little sweet, a little bitter.

You will find your self drawn to some or all of these, or other herbs. Have those as teas or as tinctures, or get me or someone who knows what they’re doing to make you a blend of extracts.

When you take herbal medicine for a condition, twice or thrice a day, not only are you providing your body the tiny amounts of particular nutrition it needs to heal from a situation, you’re also speaking to your own self in an ancient primal language that both your body and the more subtle parts of you, like your sub-conscious understands. It is all round, a powerful method of healing.

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