I know that is not a firm statement of support, but I am trying two new things for my pains that have been diagnosed as fibromyalgia, arthritis, spinal bone spurs and plantar fasciitis.
Fibro seems to be more of a diagnosis by elimination, leaving the real cause a mystery. Arthritis is more identifiable but when it seems to affect your whole body it is harder for me to accept as the overall cause. The spinal bone spurs and plantar fasciitis was pretty clear cut but short of some type of operation, not curable, just something to “manage”.
Anyone is MORE than welcome to pipe in here. The more information and possibilities discussed, the merrier (sort of since the pain is not merry)
My primary physician and physician assistant have been helping me explore less traditional therapies since the dominant approach has not been working and in some cases just downright wrong for me. I discussed my antibiotic regimen in another post.
While that was not as productive as I would have hoped, it could still be helping, but I recently added “golden milk” to my repertoire and I am encouraged and sipping some now.
If you put it into a search engine (I’m so proud that I did not say “Google it”) you will find all kinds of articles. There are many recipes and the one I got from my doctor was different from most of the rest in that it added garlic. (I eat the garlic, ginger and turmeric but many will recommend straining it)
I post it below but before you bother reading it let me tell you the benefit that I seem to be deriving from it. Besides well-known health properties of the ingredients, the combination seems to be decreasing the swelling and therefore pain of arthritis and plantar fasciitis, which seems to be helping the other whole-body ailments.
I KNOW that I can walk better now and actually woke up this morning thinking of starting a light exercise routine. Just thinking right now, but that has not even been a thought for a year or more. :-)
Here is the base recipe. I say base because once a day, depending on my mood and time of day, I leave the garlic out and add some nutmeg, honey, chocolate powder and coconut milk.
- 1 cup of whole milk
- 3 garlic cloves crushed
- ¼ teaspoon fresh turmeric
- ¼ tsp fresh ginger
- Pinch of fresh ground black pepper
I was scalding the milk too much for my liking when totally cooking this in milk so I simmer the ingredients in enough filtered water to cover them for about 10 minutes, then add the milk and bring it back to a light simmer.
The whole milk has its’ own properties but I believe it is mainly used to temper the garlic, ginger and turmeric. The fresh garlic is important, so try not to go around that, but if necessary for your taste buds, maybe a high quality garlic supplement will suffice. I just know what is helping, so….