Saturday, November 15, 2014

the root arrived...now what

I got my whole plant, but what do I do with this root.  There are no directions just this very tough brown root thing.  I turned to google but that wasn't much help.  I contacted my doctor and he continues to assist me in this adventure.  I also contacted the company and asked a few other people familiar with Unani medicine.  I have been told I can crush it or seep it in tea to drink.  Easy, right? Except that the dose is so small my food grade scale won't weigh it.  I need milligrams!  I start my search with local facebook friends looking for a precision scale (like a jewelry or apothecary).  No luck, so I search and buy a reasonably priced one on amazon.  The delphinium sits in my home as I wait....and wait.  
The scale arrives but isn't as precise as I would have liked.  Do I have OCD you might ask?  No, I do not.  If you research the 
Delphinium Dendatum or jadwar, you learn about this scary deadly plant that grows alongside it and looks just like it.
My doctor told me how many milligrams to give my son and the internet research told me the signs of the deadly reaction...so that is why I am measuring my doctor's dose and then giving my husband 1/2 of it.  What?...he is the only one with a life insurance policy :-)  
The root came from a large company in the U.K. so I am confident we got the right plant, the safe one that is going to make the headlines.



My son continues to do well with the other Unani medicine, occasional fits at night but wonderful during the day.  We started taking turmeric about a week ago before we go to bed.  I have read a lot about that and if you google turmeric and seizures there is some optimistic studies with brain health and even stopping some seizures.  I consulted my Unani doctor again and started this with his guidance.  

Sunday, November 2, 2014

little setback; might know why; difficulty getting jams

Ok, first we had a little setback last week and we had some daytime "fits" for a few days.  This has not been common for us since starting this journey, so a little disappointed but still very grateful that the intensity and duration are much less than in the past.  I contacted his doctor.  We have been on some new medicines and some of the old ones had been stopped.  My son was doing so well, he had stopped some and added some for overall health.  The doctor told me to restart the old one since he had a setback.  I looked up ingredients again and the one stopped was the one that had Delphinium Dendatum!  The problem is I ran out and it wasn't reordered!  

Ok, so I sent my doctor more money and he reordered it.  The story doesn't end there!  I have come to find out that the majority of what I have been paying has been for shipping costs.  There is only one provider that will ship jams to the United States for an obscene amount of money.  Now that company won't ship either.  WTF...this stuff isn't illegal!  I am still trying to get details but it appears India can't ship liquid or semi liquid things to the United States.  This sounds ridiculous so I am still researching.  I have one of my blog readers in India researching to see if she can have it delivered to her and if there is a way for her to mail it to me with UPS or Fed Ex or something.

In the meantime, I hit the wonderful internet searching for Delphinium Dendatum.  I found another provider that will ship me Delphinium Dendatum as a raw herb.  My doctor states that it is important but since it is not the combination of different herbs  it will not  show better results.  I have ordered the raw herb while I  continue my research; but it might be time for me to continue alone.