Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Healing Files: Traumeel

After struggling with an increase in severe joint and muscle pain during these past couple of months, which has been due to herxing or a healing crisis, I found something that helped me and wanted to share it with my friends who also struggle with chronic pain and inflammation. Truly, this came about out of my own desperate search for relief. Perhaps it can help offer you some relief as well. I hope so.

It's called Traumeel and is a homeopathic medicine that comes in liquid drops, tablets, ointment and gel. The key for me was using the drops and ointment together repeatedly throughout the day. I found the more I used it; the more it helped. I'm not saying this is the end-all, cure-all to physical pain. What I am saying is my pain subsided after using this combo several times and hitting it hard, so to speak. I also noticed the fevers I so commonly run improved while taking Traumeel. And might I add that any degree of improvement matters to me. I know different things work for different people, and this is certainly based on my subjective experience, but nothing else gave me the much needed and longed for relief except this combination of Traumeel drops and ointment. I rubbed down the affected areas with ointment and then took several drops by mouth to keep it in my body systemically. And then I repeated the process several times throughout the day. If Traumeel never helps me again, which I highly doubt, I will still sing it's praises and be grateful for this one particular time that it did bring me tremendous relief!

My doc told me Traumeel actually reduces cytokine levels. Cytokines are secreted by the immune system and have a great deal to do with the inflammatory responses of the body. Clearly, I am on a Chronic Lyme treatment protocol that includes a number of things to help overall with inflammation. This is just one jewel I added when the inflammation and pain intensified. Because Traumeel is a homeopathic medicine, it will not interfere with prescription meds or supplements. I personally like and respond well to homeopathy but that just might be another post for another day. Anyhow, I keep some Traumeel on hand all the time. It's also great for sports related injuries or bumps and bruises. Google it to find out more or go to

Perhaps some of you are already familiar with this. If you've used it, I'd love to hear from you one way or the other; whether it helped or not. As I said, this is my personal experience using this combination of drops and ointment together, which I found to be much more effective than just using one or the other. You can find Traumeel at Whole Foods or most health food stores and nutrition centers. I order mine online from It's cheaper there. Whenever I find something that helps me in a significant way, I like to pass it along in hopes of helping someone else. So it is with Traumeel. Let me hear from you.

Love and Blessings ~


Copyright © 2011 Michelle Holderman

Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Healing Files: Music

What a precious gift God has given us in music! Not only is music enjoyable but it can soothe, calm, lighten, encourage, motivate, inspire and in my opinion; promote healing. And it is certainly apart of my healing protocol.

Music is a powerful expression and is uniquely able to do what nothing else can. It's been said that music is what feelings sound like. It has also been said that music speaks when words cannot. I believe this is true. It often moves us in emotion and can evoke memories. Music can have stress, anxiety and pain reducing effects as well. And there are numerous scholarly articles and studies that document the therapeutic and biological effects of music, specifically on our nervous, immune, and endocrine systems. This is particularly interesting to me as I work to heal from chronic Lyme disease and subsequent co-infections.

Quantum Physics tells us that healthy cells vibrate in the body at a much higher frequency than cells that are unhealthy or toxic. I believe the vibrational frequencies within musical notes resonate with and influence the frequency that our cells vibrate at. In other words, it is possible to change the vibrational frequency of our cells through music (as through other modalities as well). This can have a positive effect on us or a negative one. If we listen to music (lyrics included) that is dark, negative, derogatory or harsh then it can impact us and our cells in that same unhealthy way. Equally, if we listen to music that is soothing, encouraging, uplifting, motivating or healing it can impact our cells in this way as well. 

Melinda Bargreen, Music Reporter for the Seattle Times, wrote an interesting article in 2001 entitled, Classical Muisc Lovers May Indeed Have More Brains. In it she states: "Brain research suggests that playing Mozart, that same composer responsible for the much-touted "Mozart Effect," in which performance on certain aspects of IQ tests was improved following exposure to his music" can also have a beneficial effect on epilepsy patients. John Jenkins of the University of London has found that playing "short bursts of Mozart's Sonata K.448" (the D Major Sonata for Two Pianos) decreases epileptic attacks. Other studies suggest that Mozart also has a beneficial effect on coma patients.

Educators have long observed the benefits of early musical training on school performance and various studies have shown that some areas of the brain are enlarged among those whose "perfect pitch" facility is revealed in that early training.

More recently, the American Academy of Neurology has released the results of a study that found "significant differences" in the gray-matter distribution between professional musicians trained at an early age and nonmusicians. The musicians in the study had more relative gray-matter volume in five regions of the brain, and "pronounced differences in the cerebellum bilaterally."

There are myriad Scriptures in the Bible that reference music. It was used in biblical times to celebrate, exhort, and comfort. 1 Samuel 16:23 says, "And whenever the tormenting spirit from God troubled King Saul, David would play the harp. Then Saul would feel better and the tormenting spirit would go away." Music was also frequently used in praise and worship to God during the Jewish Feasts and also in celebration of marriages and battle victories. So it is today. Music is apart of our everyday lives, i.e. weddings, funerals, holidays, concerts, graduations, birthday parties, church services. And we, too, use music as an expression of our gratitude and worship.

Most likely, we've all experienced some kind of positive effect from music in one form or fashion. I listen to music most everyday unless I'm feeling really bad but even then; I'll often listen to soothing instrumentals or soft classical. My iPod is loaded with playlists to aid me in my Lyme treatment. Some days I need songs that spark motivation; other days I need songs that comfort and speak hope to my heart. Whatever it is, I can attest that music has been very therapeutic for me throughout my life and most certainly now during this treatment protocol. I think it's a wonderful adjunct therapy for anyone whose working towards healing and wellness.

~ Michelle

Michelle Holderman
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