A poultice, also called cataplasm, is a soft moist mass, often heated and medicated, that is spread on cloth over the skin to treat an aching, inflamed, or painful part of the body. It can be used on wounds such as cuts.
I love stuff like this – things you can make naturally using materials you have in your house. So why didn’t I do this when instructed by my acupuncture doc when I swore I would do anything to get rid of those damm shingles. I felt truly stupid. If it was on my arm or leg i think I would have been more apt to do this but spreading mashed potatoes on my forehead and then trying to sleep was a little over the top even for me. Having said that- I wish I did.
I even tried using my river warrior headband.
According to my doc this mashed potato poultice would draw the virus out of me. Its not too late – The bad part of my shingles is GONE! I still have a few red marks so until they go away its not totally gone. I still have time.
I would however try to make this in other situations and if i didn’t have to wrap my head in gauze and also recommend to my family and friends. Mostly because its easier to recommend than to actually do my self.
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Integrative recovery and being your own advocate
A few weeks ago I had a headache. Actually it was more like a head pain. Like my brain was on fire. There are thousands of reasons for a headache. I’m not a headachy type of person. I just thought I had some kind of virus took some advil and carried on.
Five days later a red blotch appeared in the inner canthus of my right eye. “This can’t be good.” I called my sister who is a PA and she thought I may have shingles and I needed to see a MD ASAP.
It takes an act of congress to get me to the doctors office. When I lived in Boca I had a wonderful network of MDs that were always happy to see me if need be. I knew these folks and they knew me so it was an easy interaction. Most of them were integrative docs so not only would I get what I needed – I would get extra advice on “alternative” therapies that could be helpful.
Off I went to urgent care. The person at the front desk told me to type my name into her program. No eye contact. Very gruff. My heart was sinking. This is everything I hear about on a daily basis but can’t talk about. Front office people. They have heard it all. “Take a breath.” I told myself ” You have to be here. Just get though it. This is what it is these days.