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#1

These are't supplements but I wasn't sure where to post this question.

I have been battling chronic Tennis Elbow for quite some time. I will be seeing a ART specialist soon in hopes that he can help. Along with this I am considering trying this cream and I was wondering if Cy or anyone else knew a good resource to find out if the any of these ingredient actually do what they claim they do or if they know personally. Before someone asks I am currently taking Flameout as well. I am on week 2. Here is the article.

http://www.tennis-elbow.net/about.htm

TR

One of the active ingredients in CT Cream with A.C.P., Arnica, works with well known elements Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) and Choline to reduce inflammation of the affected area which is causing discomfort. These ingredients are delivered via a groundbreaking new delivery process, The Binary Transdermal System (patent pending).

As the name suggests, this is a transdermal (Latin for ?through the skin?) method which ensures that the active ingredients penetrate the skin and reach the area of discomfort. Once absorbed, pain relief is immediate, strong and long-lasting. CT Cream? with A.C.P. also increases micro-circulation and cellular function promoting overall health of the affected area .

Notable Ingredients:
Arnica:
Arnica is a botanical which has been used for centuries, primarily in Europe. There are over 100 drug products made from this plant. The active components in Arnica are sesquiterpene lactones, which are known for their anti-inflammatory and pain reduction properties. Arnica also contains thymol (an essential oil), flavonoids, inulin, carotenoids and tannins which stimulate blood circulation.

Arnica works by stimulating the activity of white blood cells that perform much of the digestion of congested blood, and by dispersing trapped fluids from bruised tissue, joints and muscle. Arnica has also been shown to improve the health and conductivity of certain nerves.

Choline:
Choline is a lipotropic and member of the B complex vitamin family and is a component of phospholipids and acetylcholine. It is very beneficial for disorders of the nervous system. Choline is essential for the health of the myelin sheaths of the nerves which are the principal component of nerve fibers. Tennis Elbow patients exhibit damage to the radial nerve, one of the major nerves controlling muscles in the arm and hand. Choline assists in the repair and strengthening of the sheaths, improving the conductivity and transmission of radial nerve impulses.

Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6):
Pyridoxine is a water soluble B vitamin consisting of 3 compounds: pyridoxine, pyridoxinal and pyridoxamine. Pyridoxine helps maintain the balance of sodium and potassium which regulate body fluids and promote normal functioning of the nerves. It has been clinically demonstrated to aid in the alleviation of Tennis Elbow.

Most treatments involving pyridoxine are oral in nature and usually dispensed in large dosages. CT Cream uses smaller dosages that can be topically applied directly to the point of discomfort. Through the Binary Transdermal Process (see below) the Pyridoxine is delivered directly to the affected area, eliminating the need for overly excessive oral levels of this vitamin.


Binary Transdermal System (patent pending):
The CT Cream advantage lies not just in its unique formulation of ingredients but in its revolutionary delivery system as well. The Binary Transdermal System incorporates the latest advancements in emulsification and skin penetration technology. It ensures effective absorption of the active ingredients mentioned above through the dermal lipid layers (outer skin) to the area of discomfort.

This technology was developed by the same physician who developed CT Cream and only CT Cream has it.


#2

Hi,

If it has any benefit, it would likely be due to the possible analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects of topical arnica. That's not really anything new or revolutionary though.

Might be worth a try, but if you experience a rash or any other adverse effects upon the skin (itching or inflammation), discontinue use as those are pretty common with arnica.

Hope that helps.


#3

Thanks man!

Any websites in particular you refer to to find studies on these types of things? I have tried to google these the ingredients but it is tough to tell what websites have accurate info.

Im hoping this or the ART will work. I have had 4 cortisone shots and 8 weeks off of training after the last one. But the pain has come back yet again.

Thanks again,

TR


#4

Hi TR,

I use a combination of things (including my recollection of previous searches), most of which aren't available to the public.

However, a good source would be the following:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?DB=pubmed