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Herbal Poultice and Tissue Healer
One traditional way of using herbs topically is to make a poultice and apply it to damaged areas of the body. PLS II was originally formulated as a poultice blend to be used for topical application to insect bites, bee stings, swollen or inflamed tissues, cuts, sores, and ulcerations. However, it has also proven to be a useful formula to take internally to soothe intestinal inflammation and irritation, ease irritation in the urinary tract, and help injured tissues (such as broken bones, sprains and torn ligaments) to heal more rapidly.
The ingredients in PLS II help to absorb excess moisture and toxic substances, soothing and cooling inflamed tissues. They also have a nourishing effect that promotes tissue repair. PLS II also helps fight infection and reduce stagnation of fluids.
Ingredient in this formula:
Slippery elm is a mucilaginous herb with nourishing qualities. It has been used as a survival food and has proven to be very nourishing to young children and the elderly. It nourishes tissues and promotes healing while reducing irritation and absorbing toxins.
It is an excellent herb for reducing intestinal inflammation. It acts as a mild laxative, but also absorbs irritants that cause diarrhea. Topically, it is a common ingredient in poultices because it absorbs irritants, reduces heat and swelling, and promotes rapid tissue growth and repair.
Marshmallow root has properties very similar to slippery elm. It is also a mucilaginous herb that soothes inflammation and reduces irritation. Like slippery elm, it is also very nutritious and has been fed to weakened children and adults to aid general healing. It is another common ingredient in poultice formulas.
Golden seal root is a bitter herb that is also very anti-inflammatory. It is very good at relieving stagnation and sub-acute inflammation of mucous membranes in the digestive, respiratory and urinary passages. It contains an alkaloid called berberine that also helps fight bacterial infections. Golden seal has been used for infections in the intestines, respiratory passages, urinary passages and bloodstream. Applied topically it helps ulcerated, inflamed tissues to heal more rapidly.
Fenugreek seed is the third mucilaginous in the PLS II combination. Used as a spice in the Mediterranean countries, it brings energy to the body. It is a legume, providing vegetable proteins and fiber that soothes and protects the digestive tract. It also helps to balance intestinal flora.
PLS II can be applied topically to abrasions, swellings, ulcerations, insect bites, skin ulcerations, sprains, bruises, torn ligaments, broken bones, boils and other injuries to absorb toxins, reduce swelling and inflammation, and speed healing. To make a poultice, open the capsules and moisten the powder with Silver Shield Gel or Aloe Vera Gel to make a thick paste. A small amount of an essential oil (such as Tea Tree oil) can also be added to help fight infection. Apply the paste to the affected area and cover with a bandage. Change 2-3 times daily.
Internally, PLS II can be taken to soothe intestinal inflammation, heal chronic inflammation in the lungs, ease burning and painful urination, and speed the healing of injured tissues. It works very well in combination with other formulas for these purposes. For intestinal inflammation use PLS II with Intestinal Soothe and Build. For chronic respiratory problems it combines well with ALJ. For structural repair it can be used with Herbal CA and/or Bone/Skin Poultice. Recommended internal use is 2-4 capsules two to four times daily with a large glass of water.
I have had a bad back for 22 years after having a bad fall while pregnant with my middle child. I went to chiropractors for a long time, only to find that if I didn't return for adjustments often I was still in pain.
Many years ago I even consulted an Orthopedic Physician. There I found the nerves were in fact inflamed and definitely being pinched in some way, probably from a rupture in the disc the doctor thought. He suggested that I have an x-ray after having dye injected down the spine and then proceed from there. I didn't like that answer! The prognosis didn't sound great. So, I learned to live with it.
Several months ago I decided to try PLS II, I had read about it being a bone knitter with the potential for rebuilding the padding between the discs. Before I finished the first bottle I felt some relief!
I continued taking it for 2-3 months. Then I started wondering if it was really doing anything, so I discontinued taking it. At first I really couldn't tell any difference. (Ah Ha, so it was just my imagination!) But after two weeks, there was no doubt about it. I was in excruciating pain. Not only did my back hurt, but an old whiplash injury had flared up. I couldn't sleep, move, sit, turn my heard without pain. Then I remembered that this is just what it had been like. You do learn to live with pain. (Incidentally, I have a very high tolerance for pain.)
I started taking my PLS II again and experienced immediate relief. I've been taking it for some time now and have found my waking stiffness does not occur any more and the pain continues to be less. I am able to do things without pain that in the past I knew would result in days of pain. I did use Muscle Response Testing to determine that I need 10 capsules and continue to check that dosage periodically.
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This is an addition to the above testimonial. It is come years later and I have been to a back specialist to check the progress of my back. After a CAT, scan he determined that the disc between my fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae is now MISSING! The vertebras are in the process of fusing themselves.
Now, I ask you -- what is the most common back surgery??? It is removing the damaged disc and fusing the vertebrae. I have accomplished this without the use of pain killers, muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory drugs or surgery.
The doctor did suggest that I have cortisone injections up my spinal column periodically. This is a surgical procedure. I have not done that, I have continued with my PLS II when necessary.
When I say "when necessary" -- the need varies with my activity. If I lift something heavy, or exercise in a way that is stressful to my back or jump in a way that cause a high impact to my spinal column, I may have to take as many as 10-15 capsules at a time for a day or two. My need then continually decreases down to 3 - three times a day. It is rarely below that, although I will periodically quit for a month or two at a time. When I do and realize my need for the combination again I usually have to start with 5-7 three times a day for a week or two before I drop down to my previous low level. ***G
PLS II (100 capsules)