Aug 05, 2016
Aside from team rivalries and all out victories, brain injuries are one of the hottest topics in sports today. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, sports and recreational activities alone are responsible for nearly 21% of brain injuries. No matter how you have developed an injury, though, you can employ a number of different methods to treat the condition, incorporating necessary medical attention as well as natural cures like omega-3 fats and turmeric.
What Is a Brain Injury?
Mayo Clinic explains a brain injury, or traumatic brain injury (TBI), as a condition that occurs when an external force causes brain dysfunction. The most common causes of TBI are a violent blow to your head or a jolt to your head and/or body. An object permeating the surface of your skull can also cause significant brain injury.
The prevalence of symptoms associated with a brain injury vary depending on the severity of your condition. Additionally, some symptoms may occur directly following the event or not manifest until days or even weeks later. Nevertheless, common signs of a brain injury include loss of consciousness, headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and dizziness. Other symptoms include sensory issues such as blurred vision, sensitivity to light or sound, memory or concentration problems, and mood changes.
Do Natural Cures Help Recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury?
It is absolutely necessary to consult a medical professional when you suspect a traumatic brain injury. However, there are many natural remedies that help expedite recovery from a brain injury. Herbal remedies that offer support for TBI include options such as omega-3 fats, turmeric, and gingko. Likewise, treatments such as acupuncture and massage have also shown to be beneficial for treating brain injuries.
1. Omega-3 Fats
When you consider the composition of your brain, it is actually 60% fat, constructed from omega-3 fats. A daily supplement of omega-3s inhibits cell death, helps promote the reconnection of damaged neurons in the brain, and activate specific genes that help you cope with brain damage. Dr. Mercola suggests two to three 500mg capsules of krill oil, a natural omega-3 fat, each day for the best benefits.
The Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism supports use of turmeric as a natural treatment for brain injury. Turmeric contains an important compound known as curcumin, which is used for relieving inflammation in the system. It also helps promote the functioning of the brain and promotes effective blood flow throughout your body to ensure you are getting plenty of oxygen flow to your brain. For the best results, take a 500mg capsule of turmeric up to four times a day.
Gingko biloba is another treatment option purported by the Vermont Center. This treatment contains glycosylated flavonoids that help reduce inflammation in your brain following an injury. This treatment also promotes circulation to the brain and improves moods. Take 240mg to 480mg of the extract daily.
The Brain Injury Recovery Network also suggests alternative therapies, like acupuncture for effective treatment. With a focus on rebalancing your body, acupuncture may help treat your symptoms as well as the actual damage to your brain.
While massage may not seem like a directly related treatment for TBI, it helps restore proper function throughout your body. It also helps improve circulation, the flow of lymph fluid, and the metabolism of wastes in your body, which all work to rejuvenate your brain.
Try one of our suggested natural cures for a brain injury, or read below for even more reader-suggested treatment options.
Alternative Therapies - http://tbirecovery.org/Alternatives.html
Diseases and Conditions: Traumatic Brain Injury - http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/traumatic-brain-injury/basics/definition/con-20029302
Fish Oil Helped Save Our Son - http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/11/05/fish-oil-benefits.aspx
Herbal Support for Traumatic Brain Injury: General Recommendations and Specific Strategies - http://www.vtherbcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Herbs-for-TBI.pdf
Sports-Related Head Injury - http://www.aans.org/Patient Information/ Conditions and Treatments/Sports-Related Head Injury.aspx
Remedies for Brain Damage
Developmental Movement Therapy is a cure for brain damage.
I myself have used this therapy to recover from minor brain damage due to pesticide exposure. The therapist I worked with was also working with adults with very serious brain damage due to CPS, and head injuries.
The therapy is non-invasive, and relatively inexpensive. Read more about it here: http://www.thresholddance.org/developmental_movement.htm
Sue M. and anyone else interested- This is an audio interview I received today in which Dr. Daniel Amen speaks on brain health and that the good news is that through diet and lifestyle we can have good brain health and even restore it from damage. Because I know many people who come here on EC are always looking for more ways to enhance our health and have optimal brain function I thought this would be of great interest. Of course, another fact is how closely related our gut health is to our brain health. Many who come on here have digestion/ gut issues so understanding this connection is important to know. I have been fortunate enough to see this very knowledgeable doctor speak live with much passion and care for humanity. His books too are amazing for those who would like to learn even more. Here is the link to the interview:
I have learned so much from this man. I hope you enjoy. Lisa
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Posted by Miranda (Atlanta, Ga, Usa) on 01/22/2010
My husband has had multiple concussions which have led to post-concussion syndrome. After his 3rd head injury, his MDs told him he'd never work or drive again, to learn to live with extreme pain and they only had pharmaceuticals, for symptom control/relief, or a shunt that they could offer. One of his MDs, at my request, found a clinic that would do hyperbaric oxygen treatments (hbot) for conditions AMA does not officially approve of for using hbot. My husband did 40 sessions, 1 hour at pressure, in a 100% oxygen environment, and 11 days later was back at work. The results were extremely significant and all forms of brain injury can respond to hbot. We saw other folks who were coming to the clinic making progress before our eyes, kids with cerebral palsy, people who'd had strokes. The sooner after a brain trauma the treatment begins, the better, but improvement can still come years later. There are many links for many different conditions there; brain injury is not the only condition that hbot can provide healing for. The results for my husband were so significant, we now own a hyperbaric chamber instead of having bought long term health care insurance. That chamber is our long term insurance.
In addition to hbot, we've found amino acid supplementation to be helpful in symptom control. The effects are often extremely quick - a few minutes literally.
Certain amino acids are precursors to brain chemicals, for instance l-tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin, phenylalanine is a precursor to dopamine, etc. Using amino acids requires observation and interaction on the part of the healer and if possible, the patient. For instance, my husband, unable to take gabapentin, a pharmaceutical involved in GABA brain levels, found great relief using GABA amino acid, but we had to have the powdered form and initially he could only use 1 grain at a time of the powder.
Neither hbot nor amino acid supplementation has provided 100% cure for my husband by any means, but they have provided significant and noticeable healing and/or relief. I am continuing my search for other routes to healing brain injuries and will share whatever I find. I am sorry that this post is over 2 years after the initial question, but hope this will still be helpful for some people.
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Posted by Prioris (Fl, Usa) on 01/05/2014
Some person I know hit their head when they fell backwards. They went to hospital for a couple days. They gave him oxycontin and antibiotics.
I am recommending that he takes 1500 mg krill oil and 4 mg astaxanthin along with 2 tsp of coconut oil.
Coconut oil being a fat will also help absorb the krill oil. The astaxanthin will neutralize any potential rancidity although I think studies have shown krill oil seems to have low rancidity factor. Ideally it should be taken with food especially any stomach discomfort but I would guess that having coconut oil that one could take the combination without food.
Fish oils in general tend to go rancid very quickly hence cause aging. One needs to take an good antioxidant.
It has been said that one should ideally give people these nutrients as soon as possible after head trauma. Arnica is another thing that gets suggested. If you have any other suggestions and thoughts on this, please reply
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Posted by Joy (Battleground, Wash) on 05/24/2013
I just found out that a head trauma can cause the brain to have trouble with the hormone melatonin , so adding some 15 minutes before bed can help. I also found a doctor commenting on valerian root in a comment about red raspberry leaf tea on amazon. She said valarian root works right up there with other anti anxiety / sleep aids. Another site had some warnings of valerian root rewiring the brain chemistry, pharms probably do also.
Posted by Leilaloha (Black River Falls, Wi) on 04/30/2016
How to help heal brain injury fastest - spoken by personal experience
I already was passionate about yoga, ayurveda, chinese medicine, nutrition, and herbal remedies and had cured many a thing with the help of Earth Clinic over the years. :)
Then a truck hit me, and my head fell and cracked open onto the lava rock (like glass aa kind o rock) so I was in a coma 3 days but awoke, therapy, physical and mental - and weaned myself off of painkillers faster than most do - like a month or two after injury - and kept to my mostly vegan diet, mostly fruits n veggies with fish and omega fatty acid fish oil supplements - chia seed - hemp seed oil protien, etc, ashwaganda helps. really helps memory and is an adaptogen - so it helps with many things at once.
Lots of greens, keep body oxygenated! lots of aerobic exercise! I danced my heart out. pain help by yoga, meditation, deep breathing, "breath of fire" where one breaths fast in and out fully then fast like 108 breaths then fully in and out from sky to center of earth - there are videos online how to do it properly. do with shaman or elder is best, rainbow tribe know. :) <3
awa kava kava helps with pain - like turmeric - anti inflamatory - helps with mood too.
Funny enough, occasional, RARE organic tobacco smoke helped my brain have emergency energy sometimes, like if I as on a bike ride and couldn't make it home, too dizzy n weak, a puff o organic tobacco n I made it fine. :) helped heal headaches too. only thing that did! God made even tobacco for a reason. :)
Protein. I couldn't be vegan, I tried, after severe injury. one needs EXTRA protein to heal injury, and chinese medicine makes sense! One needs similar to injured area eaten to heal area with proper nutrients - so I needed meat. more organic fair trade free range the better. I ate liver too. grass fed cows. bone broth soup, gelatin, chew carleage off chicken bone etc all helps heal deeeeep stuff and rebuild deep tissue n bone.
I have two metal plates in my head, I guess titanium, so occasionally my head felt just painfully swollen with excess oil filled with METAL trying to detox out, so I took chlorella. also like spirulina, high in protein. :) Chlorella grabs like cilantro, heavy metals out of body.
Lymph healing massage helps too. gentle tickly almost along energetic channels along lymph nodes.
chi lel helps (healing chi exercises)
Yoga meditation breath work all. :)
Much love to you all <3 Aloha
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Posted by Friend (Houston, Texas) on 01/21/2011
Does anyone out there know if there is a natural cure for meningoma (Benign or noncancerous brain tumor). It is not actually on the brain, but is between the protective layer and the brain. It was discovered when I had a small seizure and showed up on a CT / MRI scan.
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Dearest Ted, I'm a dedicated reader of earthclinic.com and wanted to ask you if you could help me with my Cousin. He is now 21 years old and is a product of severe child abuse that led to severe brain damage. His grandmother (My Aunt) has been taking care of him since he was 3 years old. He can barely walk, he is very good at repeating people and he loves to sing. He is also very lovable but knows no boundaries. He has no understanding of pain and according to doctors, does not feel pain. So He's very hard to help because he doesn't' know if he's hurt. They told my Aunt that he wouldn't live past 10 years old and here he is at 21. He can't bathe himself, he can't go to the bathroom by himself, he is like a 2 year old but a very grown man and it has become increasingly difficult for my Aunt to help him. He screams all the time..very loud. Is there anything my Aunt could possibly do to help his brain recover...at all...even a minute amount? Something that I can do for him that would help him? He's on so many medications it's ridiculous. She gets no help from the state and most doctors tell her she should put him in a mental institution but she just doesn't have the heart to "throw him away" like that. And we also realize that if he goes to a place like that..he will most likely be drugged so that he isn't so difficult. It's heartbreaking. He was a normal little boy at one time but due to being severely beaten...is now living a half life so undeserved. I know that you are very very busy and probably get a million emails asking you for help. If you do find the time..any suggestions would be so very helpful. There isn't much about brain damage..or really nothing at all on earthclinic. But I thought, if I was going to ask...you might be my best bet. Thanks so much
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