In the following few paragraphs I’ll explain two traditional herbal formulas that can significantly help your recovery process after an injury or surgery. Please read on carefully and take notes :-)
Yunnan Baiyao or “White Powder” translated to English, is a very well known formula in the Chinese Medicine community to help stopping external and internal bleeding, or even to save your life.
I used this formula for my surgery because I wanted to have a fast, uncomplicated recovery.
My doctors were both concerned and surprised how little bleeding I had. I remember my surgeon mentioning, she had "never seen anyone bleed that little during surgery". I smiled and didn’t reveal my secret, as she clearly wasn’t open to Chinese Medicine. The reasons I did not tell her prior surgery that I’ll be taking this formula, were:
- because as I said she had no interest in Chinese Medicine,
- because she wouldn’t of taken the time to read upon it and most likely she would of just advised against it,
- because doctors like the blood to be thin, to prevent forming of blood clots. Yunnan Baiyao in clinical studies show to speed up clotting of the blood and reduce inflammatory response.
- I had been recommending this formula for years to my patients, so I kind of felt obligated to finally first hand experience whether it really works.
Please keep in mind that this formula is for short term use only, mostly for emergencies. Because, taken internally it clots and thickens the blood, people with heart problems, history of stroke, heart attack or diabetes can’t take them internally. Also not suitable for pregnant women either.
It can be used externally for cuts & open wounds. For example when you cut yourself chopping vegetables while making dinner, or when you fall off your bike and scrape your skin off, or when you mistakenly cut your fingers off (ouch) while chopping wood. You got the idea. Sprinkle the powder on the injury (it’ll help scabbing faster), and follow the standard First Aid procedures, cover your wound with a bandaid or gauze.
Internally it was actually used during the Vietnam War to save the lives of wounded soldiers. You can also use for surgeries, like I did, to reduce the amount of blood loss and prevent infection, or for gunshot injuries, or (getting graphic again) someone stabs you, so anywhere, where you want to limit the amount of blood you lose.
Of course if you were shot or stabbed you still must go to the hospital immediately after taking Yunnan Baiyao!!
Every bottle of Yunnan Baiyao comes with a little red pill. This red pill is used for serious internal bleeding only, for example on the day of your surgery, or when that aforementioned gunshot or stabbing happens.
Yunnan Baiyao was invented in China in the early 1900’s by a family of doctors. It’s ingredients originally were a secret, however the communist government forced the family to give up the recipe and they made it cheap and widely accessible to the general public. The exact ingredients and production process for making Yunnan Baiyao are still a state secret.
One of the primary herbs in the powder is San Qi, or in English, Pseudoginseng which is a known herb to stop bleeding.
DIE DA WAN / TRAUMA PILL
Die Da Wan or Trauma Pill, translated to English is a great formula for sports and orthopedic injuries & surgeries, for example, skiing injuries, ankle sprains, closed fractures, or when you tear your ligaments in your knee. Basically any sports and orthopedic injury, where there is a lot of pain, swelling & bruising present and the body was in shock.
When traumatic injury occurs, blood has a tendency to stagnate, which delays healing. Several of the herbs in this formula break up blood stasis, which is essentially blood trapped in the vessels. Other herbs move and strengthen the blood. And some of the herbs are mild Yang tonics. Yang is warming energy, which is necessary for speeding up healing time.
Die Da Wan has its roots in martial arts. The discipline of treating fractures, sprains, and mending the bones and tendons evolved in Chinese Medicine from injuries sustained both in martial arts training and from those on the battlefield.
This formula too, is for short term use only, taken immediately following a traumatic injury.
6 pills come in the box, and the course of treatment is 2 pills a day for 3 days.
I repeat again, both these formulas are for short term use only, they support your healing process, but can’t replace proper medical care. For best results, combine use of these products with professional care from a skilled Sports Medicine Acupuncturist. They can be found here. In case of serious injury, seek appropriate medical care immediately. Always consult with your physician before undertaking any course of treatment.