Natural Treatment for Dysautonomia

May 14, 2018

Dysautonomia is a medical condition in which the autonomic nervous system is not working properly. The autonomic nervous system controls automatic functions in your body - breathing, heart activity, sweating, tear production, digestion, metabolism, body temperature, etc. Dysautomia is not well understood and there is no known cure.

Symptoms of Dysautonomia

There are many different symptoms of dysautonomia. With a wide range of sypmtoms, diagnosis can be difficult. It is more common in women and it is not uncommon for it to begin in puberty. Symptoms can include lightheadedness, weakness, heart irregularities, digestive problems, excessive sweating, lack of sweating, food allergies, chemical sensitivities weight loss or gain, dizziness, anxiety, blood pressure problems, intolerance to heat, cold, or exercise, and sleep problems.

The most common dysautonomia is Neurocardiogenic Syncope (NCS), which is typified by fainting spells. These spells may rarely occur or may occur often.

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) sufferers number in the millions. It is most common among young women who appear healthy to the casual observer.

Causes of Dysautonomia

Often there is no clear cause for dysautonomia. However, sometimes a cause can be pinpointed. Autonoic Dysreflexia can be a result of a spinal cord injury. Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy can be a complication of diabetes.

Stresses to the body in the form of accidents, sepsis and even pregnancy and fever can be a cause of dysautonomia.

Is there a Cure for Dysautonomia?

While there is no known cure for Dysautonomia, other than to treat symptoms, it does not mean that there is NOT a cure. It means a cure is not yet known.

A person with dysautonomia, like a person with any other chronic and difficult condition, can do many positive things to maximize their health.

Tips for Improving General Health 

  • A healthy diet of a variety of whole foods makes most people feel better no matter what their health challenge is. Keep processed foods and sugars to a minimum. Oatmeal is an inexpensive whole food that is fuel for the nervous system. Milk kefir is a wonderful addition to most diets.
  • Do some light exercise you enjoy regularly, if you are able.
  • Get some sunshine and fresh air daily.
  • Get enough rest.
  • Relieve stress by taking a little time each day for activities that you enjoy - crossword puzzles, games with friends, hand crafts, studying something that interests you, etc.

Are There Natural Remedies for Dysautonomia?

Currently, Earth Clinic has received very few posts about dysautonomia, and so far no reported cures. However, there are many natural remedies that may be of help to someone with dysautonomia.

Herbs that Support the Nervous System

  • Chamomile, Passionflower, and Valerian are three nervous system supporters that are also calming and sleep promoting.
  • Motherwort and Hawthorn are two nerve tonics that are also indicated for circulatory disorders. 

Alkalizing

Hundreds of Earth Clinic readers have found that alkalizing the body helps it to work more effectively. A common alkalizing tonic is 1 Tablespoon of raw apple cider vinegar plus 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in a glass of water, taken once or twice a day.

Cautions

If you decide to try any remedies, always start with less rather than more, increase your dose slowly, and watch for side effects.

Please scroll down to read Earth Clinic reader feedback and suggestions for dysautonomia. And be sure to share your experiences with dysautonomia with us!



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Posted by Heyjamieboy (New York ) on 12/22/2017
3 out of 5 stars

Dysautonomia: Learning about this illness from Lyme disease:

  • feet are numb tingle
  • neck and head pain
  • mornings are hell with palpitations shortness of breath body ache.
  • Excessive urination at night, 1.5 liter or more
  • - exercise intolerance
  • colld and heat Intolerance
  • disturbed sleep
  • brutal pain. after sittting more than an hour

taking many supplements, eating clean

b vitamins nerve support

After leaky gut from Lyme

Loooking into plasma exchange and hyperbaric oxygen treatments

Desperate for help and feedback and support and ideas on anything

Replied by Anie
Ny
01/23/2018
15 posts

I got allergy tested and went on a low histamine diet with help medically, avoiding high histamine foods and supplements or rotating them in slowly is key to healing the gut. In one day I had less pots in the am, that is when it hits me most, not sure why. Also at night before bed I have Golden milk, use the right milk not raw as it needs to be low histamine, read up on it, with tumeric and local raw honey, then follow it up with a heaping teapsoon of coconut oil. The higher the quality the better you are at healing. ORganic and non-gmo along with cold pressed items. Get to know what is low histamine and keep track of your food on chronometer to be sure you meet your needs. In less than a day I am feeling better. If your supplements are high histamine then only have them 1x a week and maybe double it, then go up to 2x a week, the idea is to heal the gut and rotate foods for good health. Dr Rapp had a good rotational diet, just have to watch those histamines. Prayers and blessings to you. Also find a way to exercise with docs okay, even if laying down or sitting at home as pots is well treated with exercise but it should be supervised and prescribed to prevent episodes. Good luck!

Replied by Becky
Mi
05/12/2018

I also have dysautonomia. I have had 16 times of going to the hospital in 6 years.I first get vasovagal syncope, followed by excessive heat. I used to then have trouble breathing from AFIB followed by blood pressure dropping very very low, dehydration, low potassium and magnesium, then so many different things happen like ischemic colitis, hypothermia needing a bear blanket to bring myself back from 93 degrees. Last year I had a slight stoke. I eventually got a cardiac ablation and do not have AFIB anymore. But I am now very sensitive to things like midodrine, nitroglycerin, epinephrine, and 5HTP. My heart spasms and I actually died in the ambulance last year. No one wants to spend the time treating this and want to refer me to someone else. I have actually been referred to Mayo Clinic but even they refused me. If anyone has any ideas, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks

Replied by Steve
Fl
05/14/2018

I was diagnosed with this condition over 13 years now which was confirmed by Mayo Clinic after numerous tests. The treatment for this condition from all conventional doctors was for the symptoms and not the root cause. I eventually tried a center for natural and integrative medicine and was immediately diagnosed with Epstein-barr virus along with deficient adrenals through blood tests and a saliva test. Treatment with anti-viral medication and adrenal support medication have significantly reduced my symptoms. I still have a long way to go in my recovery as this treatment needs to be followed for a year or two in order to eliminate this condition. You may want to explore this avenue and see if you can achieve relief from your symptoms.

God blessings.


POTS  

Posted by Janet (Indiana) on 02/09/2016

P.O.T.S.Fluctuating blood pressure.... here is a great post from Ted that I found while researching A Fib and related heart issues Dysautonomia

Janet