Natural Treatment for Dysautonomia

Feb 15, 2016

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!



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