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Months of suffering from joint pain in my wrists, elbows, shoulder and knees, along with oral OTC pain and anti-inflammatory medication, as well as topical treatments has led me down the DIY research path, while I wait for a myriad of test results from specialist after specialist.
After reading about the harmful side effects of prolonged oral OTC pain and anti-inflammatory medications, I decided to drastically reduce my intake. Of course, I was already anti-pill, so it’s not as if I’m consuming an abundance. However, anything I can do to further reduce risk to my body, I will consider.
With that, there are also risks with drastically altering your lifestyle without consulting your doctor. Many of the health based diet claims may be more harmful than helpful if you do not consult your doctor. For example, after researching a gluten-free diet, based on claims that gluten can trigger joint pain, I found that it also removed some of the carbohydrates required for my intestines, kidneys and liver to do their jobs of processing food and eliminating toxins. My self-diagnosed switch to a gluten-free diet, caused inflammation of my intestines, as well as high protein levels in my urine. When you remove some carbohydrates, you must have some form of energy, so protein is the go-to source. Well, not for me.
As I sit and wait for results, I am following a doctor-recommended “diet” per se, that ensures my nutritional intake of various vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are where they need to be as well as taking Le-Vel Thrive supplements, which my Rheumatologist reviewed and gave me (personally) the okay. In the meantime, I still have pain. The pain doesn’t go away overnight.
I’ve always been curious about the benefits of acupuncture for pain. As of late, I cringe at the thought of a needle drawing blood, so my curiosity had been halted. Then, I learned about Acupress; Acupuncture without the needle.
I have been given the opportunity to try Acupress for at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.
I was more intrigued than skeptical that a topical product could offer pain relief through pressure points without the needle. Within an hour or so of receiving Acupress, after settling in from work, I had my S.O. apply it. Using the 48-page illustrated guide that comes with each 4 fl. oz. bottle, he applied Acupress to the various pressure points listed for each different type of pain I was experiencing.
At the time, I was suffering from shoulder and neck pain, elbow pain, wrist pain and knee pain. Some of the pressure points intertwined. Applying Acupress could not be easier. The top of the bottle, when uncapped, is armed with what seems like a bingo dauber. With just one press per pressure point, I felt instant pain relief.
Instead of just lasting for an hour or two with an overpowering menthol scent, my relief seems to dull the pain for much longer. After several applications, I felt consistent relief for longer periods of time than with a typical topical pain relief product. There have been times when I’ve applied to my wrists before beginning my 8 -hour workday and have experienced all day relief.
Of course, I had to test it out for myself to be able to speak of the ease of application. My S.O. experiences regular mild back pain from working in a warehouse. At first he claimed that he did not feel much relief, but throughout the few weeks I’ve used it, he has regularly asked for me to apply it to his back. I’ve also applied it to pressure points on my own wrists and elbows. It’s as easy as bingo! In fact, I joke around with my S.O. when I need help applying it to my shoulder, asking “Hunny, are you ready to play bingo?”.
As a consumer, I’m constantly seeking out ways to support the U.S. economy. As I’m very pleased with Acupress, I must also mention that it’s made in the USA. In addition, it’s made from herbs such as Calendula, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Rosemary Leaf Extract and more.
Acupress is not meant to solve the cause of pain, only to give temporary relief. If your pain persists for more than 7 days and does not clear up within a few days, you should stop use of Acupress and consult a physician.
It is, however, a great product compared to other messy creams and topical pain relief products, a more comfortable experience than ice bags, far more convenient than heating pads and less expensive than trips to the doctor or Acupunturist and far less invasive.
I definitely reccomend Acupress for temporary relief of everyday aches and pains, as well as headaches and migraines. Moreover, that it’s made in the USA and has natural herbs, is another great reason to replace your current over-the-counter regimen with Acupress.