What’s in your first-aid kit?

by Hon Lee on July 1, 2014

First Aid KitAside from Band-Aids and bandages, one of the must-have items I always keep in my emergency medicine kit (and in my glove compartment) is Yunnan Baiyao (literally translated as White Medicine from Yunnan Province). This popular herbal formula comes packaged in tiny bottles of powder or in capsule form.  The powder can be applied topically and the capsules taken internally not only to stop bleeding, but also to prevent blood clotting––these two actions, which seem to be contradictory, are what makes Yunnan Baiyao so effective in healing wounds. Because of its effectiveness in treating battlefield injuries, the Chinese Army’s first-aid kits include bandages dressed with Yunnan Baiyao.

Each package of Yunnan Baiyao comes with a tiny red pill which should be taken only in cases of severe trauma to prevent shock. While the complete list of the formula’s ingredients remain secret, and there is always the possibility of contaminated ingredients when dealing with Chinese herbal products, the formula seems safe enough to take internally. However, pregnant women shouldn’t use this or any other Chinese herb product without consulting their health care professional.

I’ve recently gotten several calls from people wanting to purchase the formula for their dogs and cats. They told me that their veterinarians had recommended giving it to their pets to help treat everything from internal bleeding following surgery to stomach cancer. What emergency items do you keep in your first-aid kit?

Hon K. Lee is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Herndon, VA., and the founder of Sports Edge Acupuncture Clinic. He is also an author, teacher, martial arts instructor, qigong practitioner and a U.S. Marine combat veteran. Proceeds from the sale of his memoirs go to charities that benefit wounded warriors and their families.

Hon Lee – who has written posts on Acupuncture Herndon, VA.

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