Jenny Crissman MS L. Ac.

September 24, 2018

I was recently reminded of how effective acupuncture and herbs are for facilitating healing of an acute injury and minimizing the often lasting damage from strains, sprains and tears in ligaments and tendons.

My partner had a very scary climbing accident/ fall in Yosemite. In the end he was very fortunate, but his right ankle took the brunt of the fall and was severely dislocated for eight hours before being reset.

Once we got him home I immediately went to work using acupuncture, Tui Na massage, and herbs to facilitate blood movement and clean up the inflammatory debris in the surrounding tissue. His medial and lateral maleolus, foot and calf were severely swollen and bruised. We repeated acupuncture every day followed by massage and epsom salts. He was also taking Gotu Kola https://www.standardprocess.com/Products/Literature/Gotu-Kola-Complex-Product-Detail-Sheet

and Ligaplex 1 https://www.standardprocess.com/Products/Literature/Standard-Process-Product-Guide-SingleTwo Standard-Process herbal treatments for acute injury.

It was an amazing to see the healing in progress. Each treatment brought less swelling and the bruising cleared in the first week. Two weeks out he had a meeting with an Orthopedic surgeon and a CT scan to help with the diagnosis and prognosis. His Doctor was astounded at the progress he had made without a cast or other allopathic intervention.

He has been cleared of any surgical intervention and he is now on an herbal protocol for continued repair for ligaments and tendons.

It includes : Phyto Ultra Comfort and EPA Ultimate by Pure Encapsulations for pain management and inflammationhttps://www.pureencapsulations.com/media/Phyto%20UltraComfort.pdf, https://www.pureencapsulations.com/epa-ultimate.html

Ligaplex 2 for tendon and ligament healing. He will continue to receive acupuncture twice per week with some additional massage. I am confident with PT starting at week 4 he will fully recover! He is expected to be able to begin weight baring movement baring by week 6 and back to some normal activities at week 10!

I will keep you posted! It is so good to be reminded that the tools of my trade actually do make a difference. I hope it reminds all of you- to use all possible methods of healing available!

Always happy to answer any questions regarding injuries or pain and even more excited treat!

Call my office at 510-595-0700 if you have any questions or share the thoughts with someone in need of care.