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jocus20
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I just kind of wanted to take a poll to see how many of you are experiencing new or returned symptoms around this time of year due to weather and seasonal changes?

I know others have asked this same question in the past but im kind of curious to see how many of us it actually affects.

Ive noticed more physical pains and aches over the past week or so. Old symptoms returning like bad joint pain in my knees and my shoulders neck and back have been really stiff and painful.

Normally my physical symptoms arent a big issue for me. Its usually really bad neuro stuff and fatigue that gets me.

So, how does the weather and season change affect yyou?

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i've been really STIFF lately and so hard to get up and it's not because i turned 60 on tuesday!!

lower back, and my neck/shoulders always 24/7 regardless of weather.

my knees have always felt the bad weather coming in.

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A lot has to do with pollen. Lots of stuff out there is popping out. Our immune systems are taking notice.


If you use any herbs, Stinging Nettle is a wonderful one to help settle down some of this. The way it works is also very helpful with lyme symptoms due to the effect on inflammatory cytokines.


One brand of this herb that I trust is Eclectic Institute. I think you can find it at www.vitacom.com


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http://oneearthherbs.squarespace.com/important-herbs/stinging-nettle-urtica-dioica.html


STINGING NETTLE

Excerpt:


Research Highlights


* Nettle leaf extracts reduce inflammation, in part, by suppressing the release of inflammatory cytokines. They do this by blocking a chemical inducer known as NF-KappaB, which alters gene expresion.


This may be one explanation for the beneficial efffects this herb has exhibited in rheumatoid arthritis (Riehemann et al., 1999).


* One set of in vitro experiments on live blood using extracts of stinging nettle leaf exhibited its ability to slow down the inflammatory cytokine response caused by endotoxins.


In the same experiments, when there was no endotoxin present, the nettle leaf actually stimulated an immune response. Researchers believed these results could explain the positive effects of this extract in the treatment of rheumatic diseases (Obertreis B et al., 1996).

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(From: The One Earth Herbal Sourcebook by Tillotson, et.al.)


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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez

PubMed Search:

Stinging Nettle - 262 abstracts

Stinging Nettle, cytokines - 12 abstracts


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