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'TUDE
March 17, 2006, 01:16
So, today was one of those non-typical days where I have to load all accumulated gubment property on a trailer and dispose of it at a locked facility for auction. All 8600 lbs. of it about brought me to tears a few times with my bad back.

After finishing, my helper points me to a little Mexican store to have lunch. In this small joint, the walls are filled with all sorts of items straight from Mexico, including spices and a wide assorment of herbs. We order lunch and while waiting, he starts pulling bags of herbs off the wall and mixes them togther and places them in small tea bags. He explains to me that the ingredients will help my back pain and "perk me up" for the rest of the day.

Sure enough, it took the edge off the pain, not eliminating it, but reducing it to a level that only massive doses of ibuprofen can achieve.

The ingredients are Shave grass, bearberry, corn silk, and cuachalalate. Stinks to high heaven in dry or tea form but pleasant to drink with a little sugar. Really not bad at all. Having a cup of it now and hope it will provide for a good night's sleep.

Anybody else hear of this concoction?

Orion 762
March 17, 2006, 01:58
Sounds like something "someone" might smoke in a bong . . . not too sure about drinking it though!

I'd go with magnesium sulfate (epsom salt) soaks, and lots of B-12 vitamins. That, and a shot or two of tequila.

Orion 762

Right Side Up @ 1000 MPH
March 17, 2006, 02:01
Got to be careful with herbs. Sometimes they can damage your liver.

I'd personally stick with the anti-inflammatories the doc prescribes.

homelandprotector
March 17, 2006, 23:42
Never heard of it but sounds like I could use some too.

Anti-inflammitory and lowers cholesterol.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=10624869&dopt=Abstract

Cuachalalate is an endemic plant of Mexico and belongs to the Julianiaceae family. It is a resinous and dioecious plant and is a medicinal plant commonly used in Mexico. Its curative properties are: cholesterol lowering, anti-inflammatory, antiulcerous agent. The collection site is in Barranca Honda, Morelos, Mexico. Three samplings were made during the research period. A decortication of four trees per sex was carried out. An additional collection of resin was made during the last sampling, in order to verify the presence of the compounds of interest. Masticadienonic, alpha-hydroxymasticadienonic and masticadienonic/isomasticadienonic acid mixtures were isolated and identified. Major accumulations of masticadienonic, alpha-hydroxymasticadienonic acids and masticadienonic/isomasticadienonic acid mixtures were related to female plants and a mixture of alpha-hydroxymasticadienonic acid and an unknown compound with male plants. Major accumulation of masticadienonic acid occurred in February, and alpha-hydroxymasticadienonic was mainly found in November. An anti-inflammatory test with the alpha-hydroxymasticadienonic acid was made and strong inhibition of the inflammation was observed in a preliminary test.