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Sensitive skin.

Date: Fri, 23 Jun 1995 23:22:55 +0200
Sender: HERB.TREARNPC.EGE.EDU.TR
From: Ceci Henningsson <ceci.LYSATOR.LIU.SE>
Subject: Shin condition.

Hi!

I'm a new subscriber. Encouraged by reading old archived material, I have a question:

The problem:
I have problems with my shins. They hurt when they get cold and continue to ache sometimes up to a few days. They've been like that since my late teens. Up till a few years ago I thought that everyone's shins hurt when they were wearing skirts, but apparently they don't. :} I sometimes faintly feel the same symptoms in my underarms where the skin goes close to the bone and more strongly on the back of my hands.

What I do about it so far:
I try to keep the shins warm and when they hurt I massage them. Using a vibrating massage device with infrared heat helps a lot. Since I'm the fair-skinned type of person who easily gets skin rashes, I have been very conservative about using aromatic massage oils. When the symptoms abate it feels as if the skin gets unstuck from the bone underneath. Exercise (jogging) seems to worsen the problem, but I'm not sure if that's only because I don't succeed in keeping the shins warm enough during the exercise.

What it isn't:
I saw an orthopedic specialist in winter (about an injury in my wrists) and he took some tests. A blood test he made apparently showed that I don't have rheumatism and the sedimentation rate was perfectly normal.

My questions:
1. A name tag for the condition would be neat.
2. What can I do about it?
Massage with or without certain oils to alleviate symptoms? Baths? Poultices?
Particular exercise that would help?
Any herbs I can take internally to heal the condition durably?
Anything else?
3. Should I see a doctor?

I'm primarily interested in Western herbal traditions, since those are the kinds of herbs I have access to.


From: Paul Iannone <p_iannone.POP.COM>

: The problem:
: I have problems with my shins. They hurt when they get cold and continue to ache sometimes up to a few days. They've been like that since my late teens.

How much fruit do you eat? Painful shins can very easily be due to weak digestion. You might also have a problem with hemorrhoids.


From: Ceci Henningsson <ceci.LYSATOR.LIU.SE>

> How much fruit do you eat? Painful shins can very easily be due to weak digestion. You might also have a problem with hemorrhoids.

I eat very little fruit because it messes up my stomach. I'm gradually switching to the kind of diet recommended for people who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome: no raw fruit or raw vegetables, no dairy, very little grease, no bran, no hot spices.

Oh yes, do I have hemorrhoids. : (

I'd be interested to hear your ideas about my problems.


From: Paul Iannone <p_iannone.POP.COM>

: I'd be interested to hear your ideas about my problems.

So there you go. You need look no further. You would benefit from ginseng, preferably in formula (Si Jun Zi Tang is probably the best). You must discontinue any desserts, and not skip or delay meals at all. No coffee, no stimulants, plenty or rest, and regular use of ginseng, and your pains will disappear. You could speed their flight by going to an acupuncturist for moxibustion therapy.



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