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Stroke Recovery and Prevention Remedies

Last Modified on Jan 26, 2015

The result of an interruption in the blood supply to the brain, a stroke is a medical emergency that requires medical expertise. Following initial treatment, however, a variety of home treatments can be used to reverse damage and promote recovery. These methods can also be used to help prevent a stroke and other related issues.

What is a Stroke?

A disruption in the blood supply to part of the brain, a stroke causes oxygen deprivation in the brain. Within mere minutes of the onset, brain cells begin to die, which causes a number of symptoms and side effects. Trouble walking, speaking difficulty, confusion, paralysis of the face or appendages, trouble seeing and headache are all common.

Home Remedies for a Cerebrovascular Accident

Treatments for a stroke center on regulating blood flow and replenishing lost tissue and muscle to promote a full recovery. Apple cider vinegar, coconut oil and vitamin C are among the natural treatment options for stroke patients. A raw food diet and regular exercise are also beneficial additions to a healthy lifestyle and treatment regimen.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider is beneficial to stroke patents in a variety of ways. Apple cider vinegar is a natural detoxifier and purifier, so it functions to cleanse the blood and body of any toxins that may contribute to the condition. This vinegar also thins the blood and oxidizes it, making it flow easier throughout the body and being more effective as it does flow.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is rich in a specific strain of medium fatty acids. These fats function to improve nutrient absorption, which improves recovery. The unique composition of coconut oil also enhances the neural passageways to improve brain functioning and recovery.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant. As such, this vitamin eliminates free radicals from the body that may contribute to the condition. The vitamin also supports the replenishment of tissues and immune function.

A stroke can be a life-threatening condition; however, it is a condition that can be treated and prevented. With the appropriate nutritional supplements and treatment considerations, individuals can experience nearly a full recovery from such a condition.

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User Reviews

Apple Cider Vinegar   3  0   

Posted by Mandy (Prospect, Ohio) on 01/23/2009

Im 33 i had a stroke when i was 28 i have been taking the acv for about 5 days. my question is can i drink it everyday 365, I also take 5 drops of isol iodine every morn. is it ok to take these two things together? How much acv is too much? i really like the tase so i put 2 tablespoons in 64oz of water twice a day plus i drink 2 tabelspoons in 8oz with meals? is this to much? i do not take it with bs. ive had trouble with my bowels my whole life they seem to be finally straightening out. THanks for your time.

Replied by Kirsten
New York, Ny

i'm not sure if you can "overdose" on acv; however i've heard of people having side effects of taking too much. there is a section in this website that outlines some of the side effects.

EC: Side Effects page here:

Posted by Harold (Atlanta, USA) on 04/04/2007

[YEA]  I had two (2)strokes within the pass seven years. I use to take herbs but life happens and I forgot. when I start taking ACV my blood pressure has been averaging 190/185.after I started taking ACV, within three week my blood pressure has been 110/64 for the pass three months. this is without me taking all the meds the doctor had given me. I have two blood pressure kit that I use constanly, so I won't have any surprises.

I also had acid reflux , and it was so bad that I couldn't sleep no more than three or more hours at night , setting up.

Thank God for ACV. The meds that I was give, stop acid from being produce in my stomach, which kept the food from digesting which caused constipation. I took ACV. and slept like a log and have been taking it for the past few months. WHAT I TOOK MAY BE MAY NOT WORK FOR YOU BECAUSE EVERYBODY BODY IS DIFFERENT, YOU HAVE TO SEE WHAT WORKS FOR YOU, AND THEN YOU'LL HAVE THE GOOD RESULTS. IT TRULY IS THE BEST THING YET!

Replied by Patricia
Cove, Arkansas

My husband has had a stroke. The ER took all the tests but after 2 and a half hours, the doctor still had not come in to talk to him and he got upset and left. I gave him some ACV in a glass of water but I don't know how much I should give him to help with the stroke. His only problem is that he has trouble getting his words out. He seems to be a little better this morning. He is 72 years old. Can someone tell me how much ACV in a glass of water I should give him. I can only find the ACV that they sell at the grocery store which is the diluted kind. Is this ok or should I get the undistlled kind? Thank you
Replied by Had
White River Jct, Vermont

You may want to look at cayenne pepper in warm water (not a whole lot either). It clears blockages and balances blood pressure. Look up ceyanne and heart or stroke on line, you'll find some really interesting and informative sites. And it works FAST for that stuff ( as well as blood loss, hemeraging etc... I was WOWed )
Replied by Mich
Lusaka, Zambia

Can apple cider vinegar be used for stroke cure?

Hi I had a stroke at the age of 18 & still have it. The only medication I was given at the hospital after having it is quarter of an aspirin tablet & started physiotherapy later. I still can't use my left hand & leg up to now, bt I can walk with difficulty. Can my condition be reversed especially that I've had it for 11 years now. Am now 29 years old. Thank you!

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Mich,

It seems like you have little to lose and much to gain by trying Apple Cider Vinegar.

You say you can walk with difficulty. Do you get physical therapy now? It seems that the more you exercise your muscles the stronger they will be.

I am also wondering about using some thing like peppermint essential oil, massaged into muscles. Peppermint oil is stimulated and healing and so is massage. If you decide to try it, I would use a ratio of 1 teaspoon Peppermint Essential Oil in 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil massaged into affected muscles once or twice a day.

I would also look in to cayenne pepper taken internally. Even just sprinkling some on your food each day would be good.

I hope you will find something that will help you to improve. Let us know how it goes for you.

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Fran (Rocky Face, GA) on 02/12/2007

[YEA]  Please tell those who are asking that I had read where, if ACV was taken up to 36 hours straight right after a stroke, that all systoms would be reversed. Also, you might like to know that when a person is getting a transplant they should be on kelp as this helps the body to receive and accept the body part. If not on kelp most likely the body will reject as a foreign part. God Bless You

Posted by Bill (Dayton, OH) on 01/02/2007

[YEA]  I'm one of those people who believe that drug companies are not out to cure diseaes but to come up with drugs to ONLY control them so we're stuck buying them for a liifetime. After my doctor had me wear a blood pressure device for 24 hours I was told my blood pressure was high and he put me on (Micardis?). 2 months later on Superbowl Sunday, Feb. 5-06 I had a stroke. I wish I could give you numbers and readings but I don't have them. 14 years ago I was told I was a diabetic and needed to control it with diet which I never really did. Anyway after the stroke my doctor had me go get my blood tested for almost everything sugarwise. He told me of bad numbers on most everything. Then a friend told me about Apple Cider Vinegar and although it's not the tastiest thing I started taking a drink of Heinz ACV every morning. That started about 6 months ago. On my last Dr. appointment going over another blood sugar test he wanted to know how much I was exercising because my blood pressure was good and so were all my sugar numbers plus I'm almost under 200 pounds for the first time in ??? I'm at 203 with a high of 232 and haven't changed a thing in my lifestyle. I haven't exercised on a regular basis since giving up softball at the age of 46 four years ago. ACV has made a eliever of me. Now if I could just pour it on my head and regrow my hair.

Replied by Qwert
Awesome, Ma, USA

To Bill from Dayton. Im glad youre better now and hope many more healthy years to come. ACV is one of the best real "medicines" out there and i hope you never lose interest in making a healthier you by natural methods. And to your last should try it, you just never know. just dont forget to let us know if it works/

-It is said; all medicine is in nature.

Book Recommendations   0  0   

Posted by Earth Clinic on 08/07/2008

Book recommendation for those of you interested in brain chemistry and neuroplasticity... It's called: The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, M.D. It is fantastic!

Review From Publishers Weekly: "... stroke victim to recover the ability to walk although 97% of the nerves from the cerebral cortex to the spine were destroyed. With detailed case studies reminiscent of Oliver Sachs, combined with extensive interviews with lead researchers, Doidge, a research psychiatrist and psychoanalyst at Columbia and the University of Toronto, slowly turns everything we thought we knew about the brain upside down. He is, perhaps, overenthusiastic about the possibilities, believing that this new science can fix every neurological problem, from learning disabilities to blindness. But Doidge writes interestingly and engagingly about some of the least understood marvels of the brain. (Mar. 19)

Chinese Needle Method   0  0   

Posted by Tan Koon Peng (Singapore) on 06/27/2008

From a Chinese Professor.

Keep a syringe or needle in your home to do this.

It's amazing and an unconventional way of recovering from stroke, read it through it can help somebody one day. This is amazing. Please keep this very handy. Excellent tips.

Do take a minute to read this. You'll never know, ones life may depend on you. My father was paralyzed and later died from the result of a stroke. I wish I knew about this first aid before.

When stroke strikes, the capillaries in the brain will gradually burst. (Irene Liu) When a stroke occurs, stay calm.

No matter where the victim is, do not move him/her. Because, if moved, the capillaries will burst.

Help the victim to sit up where he/she is to prevent him/her from falling over again and then the blood letting can begin.
If you have in your home an injection syringe that would be the best. Otherwise, a sewing needle or a straight pin will do.

1. Place the needle/pin over fire to sterilize it and then use it to prick the tip of all ......10 fingers.
2. There are no specific acupuncture points, just prick about an mm from the fingernail.
3. Prick till blood comes out.
4. If blood does not start to drip, then squeeze with your fingers.
5. When all 10 digits are bleeding, wait a few minutes then the victim will regain consciousness.
6. If the victim's mouth is crooked, then pull on his ears until they are red.
7. Then prick each earlobe twice until two drops of blood comes from each ear lobe.

After a few minutes the victim should regain consciousness.
Wait till the victim regains his normal state without any abnormal symptoms then take him to the hospital.

Otherwise, if he was taken in the ambulance in a hurry to the hospital, the bumpy trip will cause all the capillaries in his brain to burst.

If he could save his life, barely managing to walk, then it is by the grace of his ancestors.

"I learned about letting blood to save life from Chinese traditional doctor, Ha Bu Ting, who lives in Sun Juke. Furthermore, I had practical experience with it. Therefore, I can say this method is 100% effective. In 1979, I was teaching in Fung Gaap College in Tai Chung.

One afternoon, I was teaching a class when another teacher came running to my classroom and said in panting, 'Ms Liu, come quick, our supervisor has had a stroke!'. I immediately went to the 3rd floor.

When I saw our supervisor, Mr. Chen Fu Tien, his colour was off, his speech was slurred, his mouth was crooked - all the symptoms of a stroke.

I immediately asked one of the practicum students to go to the pharmacy outside the school to buy a syringe, which I used to prick Mr. Chen's 10 fingers tips.

When all 10 fingers were bleeding (each with a pea-sized drop of blood), after a few minutes, Mr. Chen's face regained its colour and his eyes' spirit returned, too.

But his mouth was still crooked. So I pulled on his ears to fill them with blood. When his ears became red, I pricked his right earlobe twice to let out two drops of blood. When both earlobes had two drops of blood each, a miracle happened. Within 3-5 minutes the shape of his mouth returned to normal and his speech became clear.

We let him rest for a while and have a cup of hot tea, then we helped him go down the stairs, drove him to Wei Wah Hospital.
He rested one night and was released the next day to return to school to teach. Everything worked normally. There were no ill after effects.
On the other hand, the usual stroke victim usually suffers Irreparable bursting of the brain capillaries on the way to the hospital.

As a result, these victims never recover." (Irene Liu) Therefore, stroke is the second cause of death. The lucky ones will stay alive but can remain paralyzed for life.

It is such a horrible thing to happen in ones life.

If we can all remember this blood letting method and start the life saving process immediately, in a short time, the victim will be revived and regain 100% normality.

Replied by Scott


[WARNING!]   I would really like to give you some background information on strokes. Briefly, there are two basic types. One is obstruction leading to lack of oxygen to brain nerve tissue like a blood clot blocking flow. The other is physical compression of nerve tissue from any source (tumor, trauma, expanding blood vessel, or leaking blood vessel). Actually each of these has varying manifestations and roughly can be very short lived (transient ischemic attack), of moderate duration (reversible ischemic neurologic disorder), or full blown stroke. Anyway, the bottom line is how long is the nerve tissue compromised? If short time, you will get total recovery. Moderate amount usually the same. But there if a critical period of time passes without cellular assistance, permanent damage occurs. Honestly, accurate diagnosis of the cause is so important to determining exactly what is the best way to save the brain. Minutes count. I can only guess the strokes described in this article were TIAs or RINDs. They do have the potential for quick reverse.....either spontaneously or assisted by this acupuncture technique. But if your loved one has the third type and you delay hospital transfer, you may be sealing their fate for permanent neurological damage. There is so much more to say, but I wanted to give you additional insight in case you are faced with this event in a loved one and don't know what to do...

EC: Thank you, Scott!

Replied by Penny
Fresno, CA

[WARNING!]   I'm not sure if this is legit. This source says it's false.
Replied by Trish
Kansas City, MO

I went to the link provided by Penny, regarding the warning on the Chinese Needle Method for stroke victims. The author was kind of poking fun at the pulling of the ears to fill them with blood. I know nothing about bloodletting, but I do know that everytime I've gone to see my chiropractor, who also happens to do accupuncture and energy healing as well, she always gives my ears a pretty rough 'massage' and pulls down on them pretty hard until they're quite red and hot. I think she said it stimulates the colon, especially good before a colonic, as well as other organs (similar to oil-pulling in relation to the tongue and reflexology in relation to the feet). The author of the article was stating that it sounds more like torture than anything. I will say that it's a little uncomfortable for a minute or so but it definitely helps me to feel more energetic and balanced and as I said before is great before getting a colonic. Sorry, this comment isn't really of any help to the Chinese Needle Method but thought I would comment on that 'warning' link. Maybe someone should try to track down the school where this incident is said to have happened and see if there is any documented proof, or at least someone who can veryify or deny the incident.

EC: Thanks, Trish.

Apparently this "needle method for strokes' email has been passed around the internet since 2003. Here it is on the Snopes website:

Replied by Shanti

This is very sensible and vitally important information from Scott. Thank you
Replied by Mamarita

For the blood letting cure - can this be done several years after a patient suffered a stroke? Will it still help in any way or is it too late? I wish I knew about this sooner - my Dad has had 2 strokes (hemorrhagic, 1 in 1997and 1 in 2006)...please advise.

Coconut Oil   1  0   

Posted by Lee (Greensboro, NC) on 01/21/2007

[YEA]  My health was declining and substantial weight gain ( untreated border Hypothyroid 1991) and cluminated in stroke early 2006 at age 54, week in hospital at time of stroke my BP was 260/160, cholesterol 330, and high homocysteine. I started coconut oil this fall, mostly to increase energy but hoping it would help my sluggish metabolism to aid weight loss which has been erratic. I have had SAD each winter and this winter no sign of it, my energy is up but no significant weight loss. I'm on 4 meds so can't be sure the oil lowered cholesterol but it dropped another 92 pts since April testing to 101 total. My research showed that i must keep my total under 150 in order to start reversing the blockage I have in subclavian artery. My Cardiologist is amazed that I'm not dizzy or fainting b/c of my blockage being severe he said. I'm trying to ward off a stent and angioplasty. I must reduce my weight by 40 lbs before Dr will allow weaning off Plavix, Zocor, Benicar HCT and FLTX. I was started on 40 mg Benicar HCT the DAY BEFORE I stroked my dr allow me to reduce dosage if my BP is below 100, I have a BP cuff at home. Using it daily I have been able to cut back the Benicar to 1/4 Tablet. I want off all these pills within another year. I do believe I have improved my health with diet changes, exercise and reducing stress but as I said, dr's want to SEE proof of my changes via WEIGHT loss

Replied by Paulc
San Jose, Ca, U.s.a.

You mentioned, SAD (Seasonal affective disorder) along with other ailments were most likely corrected by Coconut Oil.

How did you use coconut oil? Did you drink it? If yes, how much quantity, when and how often did you consume?

Please elaborate on use of coconut oil. Why you thought coconut oil would have been your remedy, any other references for using coconut oil. Thanks in anticipation. Any thing else to eliminate S.A.D.?

Replied by Bo Goodwin

Heard a doctor once tell a old italian man to take three times the regular dose of vitamin C for six months to clear blocked artery in his heart. It works because I tried it. Get a strong dose of chelating minerals and seaweed minerals every day, selenium stops heart attacks, potassium slows the heart to a regular beat thus lowering the blood pressure through the arteries. Calcium is another one to maintain a heathy blood pressure, all in these minerals and seaweed minerals these also contain humic acid and fulvic acid, the carbon of live, where we all come from. People and animals florish on this stuff. Regards Bo
Replied by Bella
Louisville, KY

What kind of chelating minerals you used? thank you!

Eye Issues   0  0   

Posted by Sandra C. (Smyrna, Georgia) on 11/15/2008

I had a mini stroke in my right eye, October 25. Went to an opthamologist, then a retina specialist. He Took pix of my right eye and you could see the dark area like a thin river branching, suppose an artery. I had a cardiac echo and a vascular doppler, both came back acceptable. My next thing in an MRI on Dec. 10th. My sight in my right eye is like a dark stormy cloud, always there, and when i look at something else, it is there. I should not be driving at all. My son, his wife and my 14 month old granddaughter live 400 miles away. I pray God will restore my eyesite. I try to rescue and help abused dogs, and it is very hard to do that at this time. Has anyone else had this, and did your eyesight comback. I am 58 years old. Please keep me in your prayers. God Bless Us All.

Replied by Isac
Boca Raton, Florida

Once you had a mini stroke, you may want to consult with retina specialist who will administer a Avastin injection into the white part of your eye. It sounds actually much more terrible than it really is. Good luck!
Replied by Stella
Kampala, Uganda

Sorry dear, Of course you need to see a specialist. But the natural remedy I would give you is eat carrots in plenty and spinach. Also if you can get the tiny red peppers, they are very good for eyes. God bless and heal U (Our universal Healer)
Replied by Addy
Fb, Ga

Seven years ago I had a mini stroke one morning and experienced what I described as someone having pulled the shades down over my eyes (lasting about 2 weeks) along with tunnel vision for about 3 months when it started to improve. My only long term effect is remembering a person's name or naming an object. It isn't all the time but it does happen. I would go see a specialist since its been around for so long. Take care.
Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France

Stella from Kampala, could you maybe explain about the red peppers for the eyes? I am very myopic and am now struggling with the retina of my left eye which is detaching. I am always on the look out for new remedies to improve my vision.

Prevention   0  0   

Posted by Maskeen (Dubai, Uae) on 01/02/2011

A friend of mine had a transient ischemic attack which is a precursor to a stroke. He was prescribed a blood thinner. However, an herbalist directed him to nattokinase which is an enzyme from the japanese food natto. It is a potent fibrinolytic which means that it dissolves the fiber which makes the blood thick rather than thinning the blood. Coq10, also known as vitamin q, is necessary for a healthy heart. Four years later, no more tia's.

Posted by Anne (Chicago, Il Usa) on 12/29/2010

Does Ted (or anyone else) have advice on stroke PREVENTION? Thanks, Anne

Replied by Deb
Melbourne , Australia

Anne, cayenne is meant to be good for the prevention of stroke. It helps with blood flow in the body (and the brain) and is good for the arteries. It would be well worth you researching it. It is full of nutrients and high in Vitamin C as well. I buy organic cayenne from the health food store. There are some good books on cayenne available. Cheers Deb
Replied by Anne
Chicago, Il, Usa

Thank you, Deb! I really appreciate your feedback. I have had arrythmia issues over the past year, and have read other posts regarding cayenne and the heart.. I will definitely look into it.. Again, thanks! Anne
Replied by Bev
Long Beach, Ca Usa

TT. I read somewhere on this site that B6 was excellent for preventing strokes.
Replied by Andoy
Boise, Id

I agree with Bev. Dr. Ellis, East Texas, pioneered B-6 supplement succesfully about 50 years ago. 1 tablet a day...... Google him.

Raw Food Diet   1  0   

Posted by Sharon (Soldotna, Alaska) on 03/07/2008

[YEA]  I am obese not from overeating, but due to stressors that I did not handle well and that caused a major stroke a year ago. Since then, I have made a major change in my diet even though I had eaten very well before without white flours, sugars and the other problem foods for many years. Now I am eating raw vegan foods and have not only finally dropped almost 40 pounds but my blood sugar levels are down to the mid-90s. I credit eating a raw food lifestyle with all this! My thyroid numbers are also in the more normal range! Lots of good changes that I believe eating a raw food lifestyle made happen.

Stroke Recovery Natural Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Masood (Abu Dhabi) on 05/25/2013

Dear Sir, My father had a road accident on dated 7th May 2013, he was concious after the accident, immediately after the accident my father went to the clinic for first aid, after getting the first aid my father came home. He had lunch, after two hours from the accident he fell down unconcious, we immediately rushed to the hospital.

In hospital Doctors did the CT Scan and from the scan it was revealed that there are some blood clots, the treatmnet was started immedately but the concious level of my ftaher deteriorated gradually. After two days from the accident another CT scan was done and in that scan the blood clot size was increasing in one area.

We shifted our father to another better hospital, on dated 17th May 2013, Doctor sugested that there will be an operation for the removal of the clot so operation was done on the same day. As per the Doctor the operation was quite successful but still my father is unconcious. Today the doctors did another CT Scan and the reports are quite satisfactory. The Doctors are saying that the patient should be in the state of conciousness

Kindly I need your advise in this regards.


Stroke Signs   0  0   

Posted by Dave (Victoria, BC Canada) on 10/05/2008

Please add this to your site, it is very important about the fourth sign of a stroke.

New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue

NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other , that is also an indication of a stroke.

Ted's Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Litsa (Tarpon Springs Florida) on 11/02/2013

My mother suffered a minor stroke a week ago and even though she was able to move her left arm and leg at the time she became progressively worse. I would appreciate a protocol inspired by Ted's work. She is 92 and the only other issue is sciatica in the other leg. Please help. Thank you. Litsa

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc

Hello Litsa,

Concerning your mother's stroke and continued worsening condition:

The stroke is likely a tiny clot which broke from the veins or arteries and was small enough to go through the heart and into the brain where it lodged. Most folks who are subject to strokes are equally subject to the same thing in repeated form...the small clots. So it could be that the mini strokes have continued.

First, attack the underlying cause. I've just written two posts you can find on the cholesterol issue on this very subject. Using Vitamin E (natural) and CoQ10 and Dr. Mercola highly suggests the derivative of CoQ10, ubiquinol to stave off clotting issues.

Second, the E will also give your mother strength because it assists in oxygen delivery.

Third, I'd be on four caps of Cal AEP daily to overcome the damage done by the brain blockage. See a great article on AEP: Google, "Calcium AEP nutrition review"...

Fourth, I'd be on two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in a large glass of water daily.

Fifth, for more oxygen delivery I'd consider Hydrogen Peroxide. Look in the EC directory at "remedies" and findd HP to see how to take it.

Those are the key things I'd do if this were me. I treated my own parents for similar problems. Neither died from cardio issues.

Replied by Prioris
Fl, Usa

I'd wish Ted would just drive a stake through the entire cholesterol issue and put the issue to rest as it regards heart disease. Cholesterol is an irrelevant problem but still people want to find a solution for it.
Replied by Prioris
Fl, Usa

In regards to "Take it with a Krill oil supplement". I'd take something like vitamin E or Astaxanthin with any fish oil oxidation which is viewed by many people as damaging to the brain. Krill oil has an advantage over other omega 3 supplements because it absorbs better. I'd just be careful about the over oxidation. It has been found over long term to even cause rodents to die an earlier death.
Replied by Rw
Southwestern Virginia

Hi. I was a little confused by your comment. What causes over oxidation, the fish oil, or the other things you mentioned?

Posted by Ronnie (Fort Worth, Texas) on 01/08/2012

I could not find the dosage for Ted's remedies for the stroke victims.

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