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Frequently asked questions.

Have there been any clinical trials of Banjo?

Not yet – but soon. We recognize the importance of  placebo-controlled studies as a way to demonstrate the efficacy of any new medication – including Banjo. We also realize that until we have credible, third-party verification of efficacy, most people will choose not to try Banjo. Clinical trials are therefore of great importance to us,…

Why is it called Banjo?

It’s called “Banjo” because it relieves Back pain, Arthritis, Nerve pain, Joint pain and Other pain: B-A-N-J-O. Cheesy, yes. But at least it’s memorable – and true!

What are the ingredients in Banjo?

What conditions does Banjo treat?

Banjo doesn’t treat conditions – it treats symptoms. Which symptoms? The symptoms of inflammation. That includes the obvious symptoms – like pain and stiffness. And the less obvious symptoms (less obvious that these result from inflammation) – like fatigue and headache. And even the somewhat obscure symptoms – like impaired sleep. ‘Obscure’ doesn’t mean uncommon…

How can one product work for so many conditions?

Because Banjo relieves pain – a common symptom. Pain is common to many different conditions. In the same way you can use aspirin to treat all sorts of mild to moderate pain, you can use Banjo to relieve different ‘kinds’ of chronic pain – because they are really not all that different.  

I’ve never heard of Banjo, neither has my doctor, why is that?

Because it’s new? People often comment, “If this worked, I would already have heard of it, or my doctor would know about it.” Well, even the best doctor isn’t all-knowing. It takes time for word to spread.

Is Banjo approved by the FDA?

Absolutely not! And it probably never will be. Generally speaking, herbs, dietary supplements, vitamins, nutraceuticals, and homeopathic medications are not approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (the FDA.) That said, FDA regulations govern the manufacture and marketing of dietary supplements and homeopathic medications. Banjo, and its manufacturer, operate in full compliance with…

Why is Banjo in the form of a lozenge?

As the Banjo lozenge slowly dissolves, the herbal extracts have time to be absorbed through the membranes lining your mouth. That’s one of the keys to the effectiveness of Banjo – because active ingredients go directly into the bloodstream as it dissolves. Most natural products are poorly absorbed – not Banjo.  

Who does your manufacturing?

Our contract manufacturing partner is P.J. Noyes.

How much Banjo should I use?

Please see additional directions for suggestions on using Banjo most effectively.

Can I use more than two Banjo lozenges per day?

Please see additional directions for suggestions on using Banjo most effectively.

What if I have more than one ailment causing pain and/or fatigue?

Those with multiple ailments that cause pain and/or fatigue may obtain faster results by using three lozenges per day (morning, noon and evening) for the first 10 days. For additional guidance on using Banjo, please see Directions for Use.

What if my symptoms are severe?

Those with severe symptoms may obtain faster results by using three lozenges per day (morning, noon and evening) for the first 10 days. For additional guidance on using Banjo, please see Directions for Use.

Why do you recommend reducing Banjo use over time?

As symptoms gradually improve, you should try reducing the amount of Banjo you use. One reason to do so is that by using less Banjo, you’ll save money. Another reason is that your goal, with any medication, should be to use only what’s required to achieve the desired outcome. The ultimate goal is to reduce…

I don’t like the lozenge. Is there another way to use Banjo?

For those individuals who have difficulty using the lozenge because of its size or taste, the best option is to dissolve the Banjo lozenge in water (hot or cold) – or another liquid – add sweetener or other flavor to taste – then sip slowly. Banjo is as effective, or nearly as effective, when used…

How big is the lozenge?

Stack three quarters on a table. That’s approximately the size of the Banjo lozenge. Each lozenge weighs 4 grams.

Why is the lozenge so big?

So that it dissolves more slowly. The lozenge is intentionally designed to dissolve over the course of about 8 minutes. While it might be possible to achieve that dissolve time with a smaller lozenge by making the lozenge extremely hard, such a hard lozenge would have a less consistent dissolve time and would be more…

How long does it take for the lozenge to dissolve?

Most people will find that it takes about 8 minutes for the lozenge to dissolve in their mouth. Those who dissolve the lozenge to make a pain relieving beverage will find that it takes substantially longer to dissolve in water (or any other liquid.) Naturally, the lozenge will dissolve faster in hot water.

Are there different instructions for treating different conditions?

Not generally There are specific instructions for treating migraine. There are also general guidelines based on symptom severity. For more information, see Directions for Use.

Is Banjo safe?

Nothing is safe. That’s true (that nothing is entirely safe) – but some things carry more risk than others. No serious or significant side effects have been reported in connection with the use of Banjo. And each of the herbs in Banjo has a long (1000 years or so) history of safe use by many…

What if I’m allergic to one of the ingredients in Banjo?

As per the Banjo product label: Do not use if you have a known allergy to any ingredient.

What if I develop an allergic reaction to Banjo?

As per the Banjo product label: Stop using and seek immediate medical help if an allergic reaction occurs.

Can I use Banjo if I’m pregnant or breast-feeding?

As per the Banjo product label: Do not use if pregnant or breast-feeding. Do we know Banjo to be dangerous to an unborn child or infant? No. But common sense suggests that you should not expose your unborn child or breast-feeding infant to any medication, regardless of how safe it may appear.  

What should I do if new or unexpected symptoms occur?

As per the Banjo product label: Stop using and seek medical help if new or unexpected symptoms occur.

Can I use other medications while using Banjo?

Most people have used Banjo while also using other medications.

To date, no serious or significant side effects have been reported by anyone using Banjo. However, there are many thousands of different medications, and even if Banjo interacts or potentially interacts with another medication, it might not do so in any significant manner or in such a way as to result in harm on every occasion. That is, the fact that a previous Banjo user was also using a particular medication does not mean there is no possibility of negative side effects as a result of using the two medications simultaneously.

Will Banjo cure my disease?

Banjo only treats symptoms.

Banjo is not intended to be, and is not claimed to be, a cure for any ailment.

Banjo ‘only’ treats symptoms, and may reduce or even eliminate many symptoms related to inflammation.

In certain cases (such as mild osteoarthritis) it has been reported that symptoms (such as joint pain) entirely disappear after only a very short course of treatment with Banjo, and that they sometimes do not reappear for an extended period of time. However, this does not mean that the underlying condition or process has been cured.

Is the sweetener in Banjo safe for diabetics?

Yes, diabetic individuals can use Truvia™ natural sweetener. Clinical studies have shown that daily consumption of 1,000 mg of rebiana, equivalent to drinking eight 8-ounce servings of rebiana sweetened beverage every day, for 16 weeks did not affect blood sugar control and was well tolerated in people with type 2 diabetes. Truvia™ natural sweetener has no effect on the glycemic index.

For how long will I need to keep taking Banjo?

Most people will be using less Banjo by the second month.

Most users should begin by using two lozenges per day, but by the second month will find that they need only one lozenge per day, or less, to maintain relief.

Those who started with severe symptoms may need to continue using two lozenges per day for several months, but should eventually be able to reduce the amount of banjo used without any increase in symptom severity.
Some users will essentially discontinue Banjo use, or use only intermittently and as needed, based on symptoms.

When will Banjo be available in stores?

Banjo will be available in stores nationwide by the end of 2012.

Where else can I purchase Banjo?

Banjo is not yet available in stores. You can only purchase Banjo online.

Can I purchase Banjo if I am not in the United States?

Maybe

The sale of Banjo may or may not be allowed in countries other than the United States.

We will only ship to those locations where we believe the sale of Banjo is in compliance with local laws. If you reside in a country where we have determined that Banjo sales are not allowed, you will receive an email indicating that we cannot process your order. Of course your payment will be entirely refunded.
If we do ship to your country, there are certain risks you should be aware of.
The product might not clear customs.

While we will only ship to those destinations which we believe allow the sale of Banjo, we cannot guarantee that the product will be cleared by customs.

What (and where) is the expiration date on Banjo?

Banjo has a shelf life of two years from the date of manufacture. Look on the bottom of the tube to find the lot number and expiration date.

Does Banjo cause weight gain?

No!

But according to several who have used Banjo, it might assist with weight loss (see here and here.)
How might Banjo help you lose weight?

With less pain, you’re bound to be more active.

And it might be that the report of one user is not uncommon. She wrote, “When in pain, and fatigued, I eat a lot of ‘junk’ food, because I have trouble fixing better meals and because I allow myself to eat whatever I want – I’m already so miserable.”

It’s not surprising that more exercise and better diet can lead to weight loss.

Why does the lozenge take so long to dissolve?

Banjo dissolves slowly, so the active ingredients have time to be absorbed through the lining of your mouth. They go directly into your bloodstream, without having to first pass through the harsh environs of the stomach.

Can children use Banjo?

You should consult with your child’s doctor. You and your child’s doctor need to determine the best course of treatment for your child. There are many synthetic chemicals offered by large pharmaceutical companies that are frequently prescribed for children. Be certain to ask your doctor about the side effects of any prescribed medication. And, since…

Can I chew the lozenge?

You should not chew the lozenge. At least not until it gets really small. You are instructed not to chew the lozenge because doing so will shorten the time it remains in your mouth, and thereby reduce the time available for absorption through the mucous membranes of your mouth. One of the keys to Banjo’s…

Can I break the lozenge into smaller pieces?

Of course. Breaking, crushing or dissolving the lozenge has no negative effect on the efficacy of the ingredients. You are instructed not to chew the lozenge only because doing so will shorten the time it remains in your mouth, and thereby reduce the time available for absorption through the mucous membranes of your mouth. One…

What does Banjo taste like?

The taste of Banjo is difficult to describe. However, the primary flavors (the things you’re most likely tasting) are lemon, peppermint and ginger. Dandelion is somewhat bitter, as is feverfew, but there’s not a lot of feverfew or dandelion is a Banjo lozenge. Turmeric, milk thistle and Chinese skullcap are all essentially flavorless. The sweetener…

What if I don’t like the taste of Banjo?

Try to use Banjo as a lozenge for at least a few days. You should first try using Banjo as a lozenge. Most people don’t mind the taste, and even those that find it a little ‘odd’ at first usually start liking it after a few days. The alternative is Banjo ‘tea’. However, if you…

Is the Banjo ‘tea’ as effective as the lozenge?

We encourage use of the lozenge over the ‘tea’. Because most people, even those who don’t like it at first, eventually come to enjoy the taste of the lozenge. The lozenge is also more convenient. But yes, the ‘tea’ form of Banjo seems to be as effective, or nearly as effective, as the lozenge form….

Does Banjo have any side effects?

Everything has side effects. Drinking too much water will kill you, so will breathing pure oxygen for an extended period. Everything has side effects and too much of anything can be harmful. That’s one reason we don’t recommend using more Banjo than you need – because at some point you’re bound to start experiencing negative…

What if the lozenge irritates my mouth?

A small percentage of people may find that the Banjo lozenge irritates their mouth. This is most likely doe to mechanical irritation (the large lozenge is rubbing against the inside of your mouth and your mouth isn’t used to it.) Such irritation will probably go away over time (your mouth gets used to the big…

How does Banjo work?

The way in which Banjo acts to relieve symptoms is unknown Like most drugs, the way in which Banjo acts to achieve relief of symptoms is unknown. Unlike most drugs, Banjo contains a wide variety of unique chemicals. Because Banjo contains plant extracts, and each plant contains hundreds of different chemicals, Banjo may possibly contain…

How often does Banjo work?

It’s not possible to say, at this point, for what percentage of people Banjo ‘works’. Pain, fatigue and other signs and symptoms of inflammation are present in a large number of conditions, some of which are quite severe and difficult to treat, others of which have generally milder symptoms. ‘Common sense’ suggests that a greater…

How fast does Banjo work?

Banjo works reasonably fast. Generally, you’ll start to notice a difference within several days, often after having used only several lozenges. Severe, chronic symptoms may take somewhat longer to improve. Nonetheless, most people will notice a difference within a week to 10 days. Once relief begins, you should see a continuous increase in results over…

How long before I’ll know if Banjo works for me?

Banjo works reasonably fast. Generally, you’ll start to notice a difference within several days, often after having used only several lozenges. Severe, chronic symptoms may take somewhat longer to improve. Nonetheless, most people will notice a difference within a week to 10 days. Once relief begins, you should see a continuous increase in results over…

What if Banjo doesn’t work for me?

Our guarantee If you’re not 100% satisfied with Banjo, just return the empty tubes (limit 6) for a complete refund, less shipping. _________________ A comment on other ‘guarantees’ Many so-called guarantees offer a refund only on unused or unopened product – something like that. But if you don’t use the product, how can you know…

What is your return policy?

Our guarantee If you’re not 100% satisfied with Banjo, just return the empty tubes (limit 6) for a complete refund, less shipping. _________________ A comment on other ‘guarantees’ Many so-called guarantees offer a refund only on unused or unopened product – something like that. But if you don’t use the product, how can you know…

What is rebiana, and all that other stuff in Banjo?

Rebiana

Stevia is an all-natural sweetener. Rebiana is the ‘generic name’ for a derivative of that natural sweetener.

Just as many drugs have both a ‘generic name’ and a ‘trade’ or brand name (e.g. the generic name is pregabalin, the trade name or brand name is Lyrica) – so rebiana is the generic name for Truvia©.
All that other stuff

Other ingredients in Banjo are those used in (and required by) the manufacturing process. All are commonly used and known to be safe. Banjo isn’t approved by the FDA – but many of those ‘other ingredients’ are commonly used in prescription products that are approved by the FDA.