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CT Cream Revised

I’ve still been working through the Pot of CT Cream I bought so many months ago. Since discovering that much of my Repetitive strain injury may actually be coming from my back (spine area), I decided to retest it by applying the cream liberally on these trigger points and to my absolute amazement there was a decisive improvement. Obviously the improvement isn’t long lasting and you have to keep applying the cream, but there is a measurable improvement. I think it comes down to understanding where you pain is coming from rather than just applying it where it hurts. With repetitive stain there’s a big portion of it appears to be related to referred pain.

CT Cream has been used for tennis elbow for quite some time with varying results. I wonder if the reason why results vary so much is because people are failing to apply it to the seat of the pain rather than where its referred to. I know there’s some active ingredients in CT Cream as my Dad has currently nicked it for his inflamed back muscles. He says it works faster than the Chinese Baume that we got from Paris. [Just a side note, why can’t I get any products from the UK that work? LOL]

CT Cream has got a natural anti-inflammatory called “arnica” in an extract form. Interestingly enough if you take ‘arnica’ in large amounts it is toxic and produces some rather nasty side effects including internal bleeding and gastroenteritis. In smaller amounts apparently its thought to have anti inflammatory affects and assists healing by aiding the transport of blood and fluid accumulations of blood capillaries in the subcutis layer; the part of the skin responsible for insulation and storing nutrients. A different mix of the plant is used by sportsmen and women; tennis players for example and I remember it being used to treat bruised knees.

However, arnica is a popular homoeopathic remedy and as such there’s absolutely no clinical proof it works any more than a placebo. Yet, I have to agree there’s no long term improvement but when the cream is applied we both feel better within 10 minutes despite suffering from completely separate conditions. It needs to be said that my Dad doesn’t even know what arnica is and even if he did, he wouldn’t care less. So, I’m in a bit of a quandary as the science says it doesn’t work, but I am seeing some short term results.

Will I be buying some more CT Cream? Yes, now I know where to rub it in for best results – Not the wrists and arms as the instructions say.


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CT CreamFor the past week and half I have been trialling an anti-inflammatory hand cream import from the United States. Its called “CT Cream” and its am herbal formulation for discomfort associated with Carpel tunnel syndrome, repetitive muscle strain and tennis tennis elbow. Its distributed by ‘WL Laboratories’, Huntington Beach, California.

In the US this cream retails for about $6-$10 per pot and postage is normally around the $35 mark since most companies use UPS for international work. UPS are very good, but are very expensive if you are only buying a small number of low value items. I was lucky as I found a UK trader on e-bay that had appeared to import a job lot of this himself. He was making a healthy mark-up as each pot now cost £12.95, plus £2 postage; which still works out cheaper than buying direct from the United States.

CT Cream - Lardish

The cream itself is white, with a slight minty odour to it. Its not unpleasant, but odourless would had been better, especially if you are applying it in a work situation. The texture of the cream is thicker than most standard hand creams in the UK and I found it takes quite a bit of rubbing for the skin to absorb it totally.

Its ingredient are: Di Water, Arnica extract, PEG-6, Choline Bitartrate, Cetyl alcohol, Stearic acid, isopropyl myristrate, Glycerl stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Pyridoxine hydrichloride, Oleic acid, Sortbitol 70%, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethancol, Camphor, Methylparaben, Proplparaben and Peppermint oil. – I’m not familiar with most of those ingredients and I would welcome any comments from any budding chemists.

Personally, I am not entirely convinced that the cream does anything at all. It doesn’t even do a very good job as a hand cream as it leaves your skin with this leathery look and its strange to touch as the cream isn’t absorbed properly. Perhaps the only benefit from using this cream was that it gave me something to use to massage my hands with; but a similar effect could had been achieved with a block of lard at a fraction of the cost.

CT Cream does appear under the unbrella of being a natural remedy, which often means you have to take it for along time before you see any benefits. What I find bizarre about this is that printed on the jar it does say ‘if condition worsens or if symptoms persist for more than 7 days or clear up and re-appear after a few days, then discontinue using this product and consult a physician.’ When i see disclaimers like that, it makes me suspicious as they are saying on the one hand its a natural remedy and on the other hand if it hasn’t worked in 7 days then its not the creams fault. Thus, it probably doesn’t work at all and this would explain why it doesn’t have a license in the UK.

Would I buy it again: NO!
Alternative Products: Lard

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