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Posts Tagged ‘Zheng Gu Shui’

My Love Has Not Faded

Posted by terrepruitt on March 11, 2020

This is somewhat of an update from a previous post. I love Zheng Gu Shui. My husband first learned about it years ago when he was participating in Jujitsu. When we first started using it, there was not a lot of information – in English – included in the package . . . in fact, there wasn’t a package it was just the bottle. But now it comes in a box with an insert and it is being touted as an analgesic.

The main marketing seems to be “sports pain relief” so use it to help sore muscles after a workout. Well, since DOMS is part of the process in which the body changes, I personally don’t use it for that. But, I see how that might be something people want relief from. Since, as I mentioned, there used to not be any information with the product, I didn’t realize it is an analgesic. To me it actually helps bruises and “things” heal so that is what I use it for. That could be another reason it could be used for “sports pain relief” . . . it might help a body heal from that.

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Sadly – and I am assuming it is because it is being marketed for “sports pain relief” – the price has more than doubled. It used to be under four dollars, now it is it ten.

If you choose to use it do heed the warnings about mucus membranes or sensitive areas of the skin like insides of knees and elbows. Also keep in mind that if light skinned it may discolor your skin. Also, it may dry out your skin. Discoloration and dryness happens to me.

I constantly find myself turning to this to help me heal and I feel it works.

Do you have an ointment, salve, or lotion you turn to to help you heal and/or feel better?

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This Might Interest You

Posted by terrepruitt on March 5, 2018

I’ve been blogging for a long time. At least I think it is a long time. I know there are people out there who have been blogging for even longer, but to me nine years is a long time. In fact this month is my nine year anniversary to the blogging world. I started in March of 2009. Well, since I have been blogging so long and not all of you have been reading my blog that long, I thought I would point out some posts that you might be interested in. Keeping in mind the comments I have received and the conversations I have had with some of you. Also keeping in mind your blogs, here are a few posts that I thought I would point out in case any of you might be interested.

This is one about an amazing product that helps me with my bumps and bruises. Some of you may be interested.  The product is Zheng Gu Shui.

Foam Rollers are COOL! is a post about two stretches that you can do with a foam roller. Many of us need to stretch more often and many of us love it when we do. These are super easy ones some of you may like.

I teach Nia, you may have heard :-). One of the things I love about Nia is that a lot of our practices within the practice can be applied to life. Here is a post about Sustain, Increase, Tweak, we do it in Nia while dancing and it can easily be applied to our every day life.

I LOVE to watch birds taking a bath in our bird bath. We used to have blue jays that would come back every year to have their babies near by. One time I got a few photos of a baby taking a bath. Even though he may look big, he is a baby. The young ones usually look larger and fluffier than the adults. Pictures do not capture the joy this bird seemed to be experiencing! This post has is about a Baby Blue Jay Bath.

Hummingbirds’ beaks are not straws they suck through, they actually have really long tongues. You can see that in my Hummingbird Tongues post.

More for the bird lovers: Silhouettes

For the dog lovers: Honey, I Shrunk the Doberman Pinscher

The comments on this one are worth a read, Lyrics Gone Wrong. Too funny!

Some nice shots of a beach trip. Do you wanna see the ocean? Check out my post Santa Cruz, California

Ahh, this one I am posting just to remind myself . . . . I need a color for that! Color Me A Reminder

Ok, sorry, I have shared more than I was planning, because I want you to look at all of them, but ten might be too much. I might just have to do another post somewhere along the way to point out some of my old posts that might be of interest to you. And get them some love.

Thanks for taking a look.

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Trauma

Posted by terrepruitt on March 22, 2011

I’ve mentioned that one day after Nia Class I learned one of my students is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor.  How I learned that, she told me to try the Wet Sock Treatment.  She also gave me a homeopathic medicine called Trauma.  The box says it is for temporary relief of pain and inflammation from injuries, muscle sprains and pulls, bruises and trauma.  I said I would try it even though I am a fan of Zheng Gu Shui.  I have been wanting to post about this since I got it because it is pretty awesome.  I am a fan of it too.

It is so nice because unlike Zheng Gu Shui it does not have a scent.  It also does not stain anything.  It also is not drying.  I think it actually moisturizes.  It is a cream so it is much easier to apply than Zheng Gu Shui which is a liquid.  It is so scent free and residue free that I would often put it on after I got in bed and would just go right to sleep without even bother to wash my hands.

It has arnica in it and I have been told that arnica is great for bruises and it helps with inflammation.  It has many other flowers and herbs, including witch hazel, chamomile, and echinacea.  I would recommend people try it if they have the need for an ointment of this type.

This “problem” with it is according to the package and the website it is only “available through licensed providers and pharmacists”.  Maybe that means you can actually get it at a pharmacy.  I didn’t even think to look.  Well, if you are interested in trying a homeopathic medicine that has no scent yet gives great relief maybe you can check.

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Think then Move

Posted by terrepruitt on November 20, 2010

Aside from teaching my Nia classes on Wednesday and Friday I have done NOTHING this week.  Let me explain.  Tuesday I was sitting on the couch and my cat meowed my instructions and before I got up I thought, “The table is close.” And I jumped up and moved toward the sliding glass door to open it, and slammed my foot into the coffee table.  I immediately went to the ground and felt my big toe, my toe next to the big toe, the middle toe, and the little toe.  Somewhere in the depths of my brain I must have known, the second to the last toe was . . . broken? . . . because I didn’t touch it.  Well, I am not sure but it WAS bent at an odd angle and already—within a matter of seconds—turning blue.  Yeah, I did SOMETHING.

So I, actually by today, I can’t remember what I did right after that, but I know it was not too long after that I had put Zheng Gu Shui on it and lacking medical tape, I used two band aids to tape the bent toe to the middle toe.  I stretched out on the couch with my foot up.  I suffered with a throbbing foot.  I kept looking at it willing it to be fine.  I stared at it thinking, “Be ok! Be ok! Be ok!”  Knowing I had done some damage.  I suffered with it taped for a little while then I thought, “Really?  Did it hurt this bad when it was NOT taped?”  No, it didn’t, so I took the band aids off and was so relieved.

I laid around.  I looked up info on the internet.  One website said to seek medical attention because they could possible reset it.  I worried.  I debated.  I decided to call the advice nurse.  I talked to advice nurse who said NOT to tape them together and that they don’t really do anything for little toes.

So what I have been doing all week is thinking.  I think every time before I move.  The very first day I wore out my knees by crawling and my toe does not like facing the ground.  So I have been thinking of other ways to get where I need to go.  I have been calculating if I can roll to my destination.  I consider the distance before I begin the hop.  I dread the moment I have to carry something because I have to traverse the distance in a crawl.  I scoot up and down the stairs. It is so odd to have to STOP before I move and THINK.  Normally I just go without thinking, but now, I have to stop.  Before I move from where I am I think, “What is here in my reach that I might need once I move?  How can I carry it to where I am going?  How am I going to get where I am going?”  Granted, I am very blessed that I only have to think about moving around our house, but still, it is such an odd situation.  Yet it is giving me the opportunity to be aware and to think of different ways to move.  It is amazing to me the different ways the body can move.  I understand now why some babies prefer to roll from place to place instead of crawl.

The comical thing is that I had thought before more about how to move before I moved when I hit my toe, I wouldn’t be in this situation.  I knew that the table was too close, but I proceeded anyway.  Presently, I evaluate my entire path before I even start towards my destination.  It is so amazing what an injury can make you think about.

What about you?  Ever been in a situation where you have to think before you move?

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Zheng Gu Shui

Posted by terrepruitt on March 28, 2009

My husband took Jujitsu for a little while.  Martial Arts are amazing because from what I have heard most of them are not just an exercise class or a practice, a lot of them involve other “things” and in the case of my husband and his Jujitsu class, it involved potions and lotions.

Since in Jujitsu you use your body a lot and it can sustain damage, part of what he was taught was how to heal that damage or at least minimize the time frame of healing.  One thing he brought home was Zheng Gu Shui.  Oh how I love my Zheng Gu Shui.  If I even THINK I hurt myself, I put this stuff on and —BAM!—it is gone sooner than not. 

Ok, I have to admit sometimes I forget about it, but here is what had me wanting to blog about it.  I recently strained something in my neck changing the sheets.  Oh yeah, BTW, I usually don’t injure myself working out or exercising it is usually  while I am doing normal everyday stuff.  So I flicked the sheets like you do when you are putting them on the bed.  And –twang!—I hurt something.  That night I woke up four or five times because when I went to change sides I couldn’t turn my head without pain.  In the morning I tore my closet apart looking for my bottle of Zheng Gu Shui.  I put it on from my shoulder all the way into my hair because that’s where it really hurt.  Then I went about my day.  After one application I was able to move my head, but I still felt a twang.  So every once in while I would remember that I had hurt my neck so I would put more on.  I applied it maybe four times.  By the evening if I really put my mind to it I could still feel the pain, but I was able to completely move my head.   The next day, I was asking my husband if I could blog about Zheng Gu Shui and it dawned on me, it was 7:00 pm (I ran to the clock to check) and I had not THOUGHT about my neck ALL day because it was better.

According to many websites Zheng Gu Shui means rectify bones liquid.  I use it when I think I am going to bruise or feel that I have strained a muscle or something.   What it does is promote circulation.  This seems to allow the issue to resolve itself faster than it would on its own.  It is very strong smelling and it will tingle to the point of burning on tender spots (didn’t feel good on the back of my knees) and it might stain clothing, so use it with caution.  Always follow a products instructions.  It is awesome.  And it is VERY affordable.

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