Symptoms of dystonia , prolonged abnormal contractions of muscle groups, may occur in susceptible individuals during the first few days of treatment. Dystonic symptoms include: spasm of the neck muscles, sometimes progressing to tightness of the throat, swallowing difficulty, difficulty breathing, and/or protrusion of the tongue. While these symptoms can occur at low doses, they occur more frequently and with greater severity with high potency and at higher doses of first generation antipsychotic drugs. An elevated risk of acute dystonia is observed in males and younger age groups.
I am a two-time survior of the devasting bacterial infection known as C-Diff. Since I am an otherwise completely healthy female (was 35 and 44 when I contracted), it was unexpected that the disease would nearly kill me – twice. I have taken liquid vancomycin for nearly nine months now, but it has not cured me. I had the good fortune of learning from my infectious disease doctor and obtaining an opinion from an expert at Johns Hopkins Hospital about my case, and both concurred that I should consider opting for a fecal transplant as vancomycin hasn’t cured me. Although the procedure is usually done at the hospital and is 90-95% effective (so I am told), my husband and I are doing the home-style version. A fecal transplant is done by taking the stole of a healthy, close family member, mixing it with saline solution in a blender, putting it through a seive, and “inplanting” the donor’s good bacteria via an enema bottle into your intestines via your rectum. Although it was quite disgusting the first day, it gets easier. I noticed a dramatic improvement within 12 hours. Anyone having gone through a severe case of C-Diff knows that the fecal transplant procedure is not nearly as tramatic and painful as living with this infection. Quite frankly, the fecal transplant may save my life.
Note: The active ingredients in gynostemma are known as saponins. This large group of chemicals is characterized by their general ability to make soap-like suds when they are mixed with water and the mixture is shaken. Saponins may have many effects in the body, including positive ones such as improving immune function. Saponins may also have negative effects such as blocking the digestion of some nutrients. Gynostemma may contain over 80 different types of saponins. Because the content of saponins and other chemicals in gynostemma varies greatly depending on the species of the plant and the conditions under which it grows, standardizing gynostemma products is difficult. Standardization by the manufacturer should assure the same amount of active ingredient in every batch of the commercial preparation. Standardization of herbal products is not required by the . Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so not every gynostemma product that is available contains the same amounts of active ingredients.