I first came across Arnica gel several years ago in California. While having dinner at the home of one of the NFA board members, I happened to mention that I had been having a lot of pain in my right arm. Karin, our hostess, said she had something that would help. She left the room and quickly returned with a tube of Arniflora Arnica Gel. I had never heard of it, but she assured me it was an all-natural topical pain reliever. I figured it couldn't hurt to try it so I rubbed some of the gel on my painful arm before returning my attention to the other dinner guests. Less than half an hour later, I realized that the pain in my arm was gone. Before I left Karin's home that night, I asked her to repeat the name of the gel so I could write it down. Instead she very kindly gave me the rest of the tube to take with me. At this point, you're probably thinking that I continued to use the Arnica gel on a regular basis. The truth is, whe...
1. Practice good hygiene. Keep your body clean, wash your hands
frequently and try to avoid touching the sores.
2. Take salt baths. This method can clean, dry and ease the pain
of blisters and sores. Mix a few tablespoons of salt in a shallow
3. Cool the affected area. Applying ice directly to the sores or
drying the area with a blow dryer on the cool setting can offer
4. Wear loose-fitting clothing. Loose clothing reduces
discomfort and promotes healing of the sores. Wear cotton, rather
than synthetic underwear.
5. Wear sun block. Keeping your skin protected can help prevent
the recurrence of HSV-1.
6. Urinate in a cool bath or shower. If you experience painful
urination, this process dilutes the urine and prevents burning the
7. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water each day.
8. Practice abstinence when you are experiencing symptoms of
herpes. Help prevent the spread of herpes by avoiding sexual
activity when you are experiencing any symptoms, including
Health care professionals depend on good sources of information to keep up-to-date on evidence-based medicine. One of the most reliable publications comes from the Cochrane Collaboration . Everyone pays attention when they publish a study. The Cochrane Collaboration is a group of over 11,500 volunteers who systematically review all relevant randomized controlled trials on a specific topic. The people in the group are located in more than 90 countries. They also study the results of non-randomized, observational studies. The results of these systematic reviews are published in the Cochrane Library. In this study, the use of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for low back pain (LBP) was reviewed. The goals were to 1) look for effects of NSAIDs and 2) find out which type of NSAID works the best. Specifically, COX-2 inhibiting NSAIDs were considered. These drugs have a lower risk of gastrointestinal side effects. For this reason, they have recently become more popular than the trad...
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