CREATION OF NERVE REPAIR TEA
Nothing can prepare you for the moment your doctor tells you that you have cancer. Your life stops, everyday life pales into insignificance and you feel like you’ve been handed a death sentence.
Events in my own life led me to search alternative medicine to relieve my health problems as traditional medication just wasn’t cutting it. I started looking into homeopathy following a cataract operation in March 2009. Around this time I started getting hiccups on a regular basis. Initially, I didn’t pay much attention to it, thinking perhaps it was from the stress of the operation, but it became worse during a holiday in Spain, so upon my return, I decided to see my GP for a check-up. He suggested an endoscopy to put my mind rest.
Expecting a simple cure, I attended the Manchester Royal for the routine procedure and thought nothing more of it until my GP arrived at my home, two weeks before Christmas, to break the worst news of my life to me.
I had Cancer of the Gullet.
Needless to say, I can’t remember much of that Christmas. Shocked and in a state of panic, I had a long wait until the new year to see the consultant. In the meantime I informed my children and went to see a solicitor to write my Will; I felt as though this was the end of the road.
In January 2010 I met with the consultant at the Manchester Royal Infirmary and underwent various tests as they prepared me for an operation in June of the same year. In the meantime, I started chemotherapy. Coincidentally, I learned that my consultant was the brother of my Solicitor so I felt that I was in good hands.
The Chemotherapy was administered once a month at Christie’s hospital and involved IV (direct chemical liquids to your blood system) for 14 hours at a time, starting at seven am and finishing at nine pm. For the rest of the month, I took twenty-four pills a day.
I was expecting extreme sickness and tiredness, as you would expect with chemotherapy, but much to consultant’s surprise I had none of this. I did have enlarged and hot feet with waves around my groin area which were somewhat uncomfortable.
The operation at Manchester Royal Infirmary was successful and three months later I started a course of five further chemo sessions until eventually I was told that I was in remission. This was in 2014.
I changed my diet to become vegetarian and I started experimenting with different plants to solve the heat and numbness in feet, legs, and other parts of the body caused by Chemotherapy’s chemicals having attacked my lymph nodes, blood, and cancerous cells to destroy cancer. This blend of chemicals, which I refer to as ‘toxins’, had also effected to my body’s neuro system. Ironically, the medication which had given me my life back had started to destroy other parts of my body, especially my nerve endings.
I began to study how the brain and nerve system work in our bodies. When the chemical imbalance of the body changes, the function of the nerves is affected and their performance is changed. If signals are not received properly from the brain, communication is broken which results in numbness, pins and needles, muscle spasms, and aches and pains. Worst, there is no known medical cure for a malfunctioning neuro-system, at least not in the sense of traditional medicine. Patients have often prescribed anti-depressants and opium medication, not to cure the problem but to relieve the symptoms. Thus, the body is filled with further toxins that offer a temporary solution at best, and these types of medications are highly addictive.
And so I turned to nature. I began researching botanical plants to find how they could help and improve my neuro system. It is common knowledge camomile relaxes, mint leaf aids digestion and green tea boosts the immune system, so there had to be something for nerve repair, right?
Nothing in life is that simple. In 2014 my son was diagnosed with Cancer of the Brain. As a newly recovering cancer patient and somewhat of an expert now in the best diet and alternative treatments for recovery, I began working on my son’s problem immediately. This meant no more red meat, lots of greens, and some dairy.
We decided to deepen the research into plants as although my son’s symptoms were different from mine, they were nonetheless nerve system related. My son underwent radiotherapy treatment at the Neurology Department of Salford Royal and Christie's Hospitals. He had problems with the face, arm, hands, and peripheral nerves. His tumour was in the back of the head and it was operated on, the radiotherapy shrinking it until we felt sure that he was back to normal. This was in 2017.
In 2017 following his return from holiday, he went for a check-up, and it wasn’t good news; he had a tumour at the front of his brain, and the consultant at organised an operation immediately. This didn’t go well and he lost the use of the left side of his body, spending more than two weeks in the hospital recovering. Eventually, he managed to regain sixty percent movement back in his left leg but not in his arm. The spasms were increasing gradually and we started using plants and leaves to relieve the symptoms and to help him sleep, most notably finding a particular strain of hemp which brought much relief to the both of us.
This kind of life experiences gave me and my son the chance to understand the human body. You see, the pharmaceutical industry provides medication to cure many different illnesses but they do this by changing the ratios of chemical balance in the body; this causes damage to other organs and the nerves. Treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy suppress the immune system in order to attack cancer, and white blood cells, which naturally protect us from harm, are replaced by toxins. When these treatments are finalised the body is left without protection as the immune system no longer knows how to function. The neuro systems of both my son and I were damaged.
Using natural plants, the chemical balance of the body can be normalised to help the healing process. This takes time to be effective, but with patience and perseverance herbs can naturally restore what toxins have destroyed. In my case the heat and hot flushes disappeared, numbness and pins and needed in my legs reduced to a comfortable level and my son got some relief in the final months of his life; unfortunately, his cancer was too far progressed and we didn’t have enough time to sort out his problems.
I am now on a lifelong mission in memory of my son. I am continuing to research and experiment with different herbs and hope that I can help others to find some relief from the ailments and conditions that medical science may claim to relieve the symptoms of, but that have consequences to the delicate balance of life within the human body. This includes developing a range of women's teas for PMS, Menopause, Cystitis and Morning Sickness at the suggestion of my web designer (Tracey Cleminson), and creating tea for flu and colds, migraines and energy.
Incidentally, it is now 2020 and I am glad to report that I am feeling in optimum health. I continue to take my daily blend of herbal tea twice per day and have found renewed energy and focus. I hope that you, too, will benefit from my herbs and find comfort and relief as I have done.