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Natural Remedies for Managing Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)

on Jul 01, 2023| Modified on Jan 14, 2024

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) is a neurological condition characterized by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) build-up in the brain's ventricles. This can lead to symptoms such as difficulty in walking, memory loss, and urinary incontinence. Although medical treatments and surgical interventions remain the primary course of action, natural remedies are often utilized for managing NPH symptoms.

Natural Remedies for NPH

The potential role of herbs and natural supplements in managing neurological disorders like Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) has been a topic of considerable interest. While these remedies don't offer a cure for NPH, they can be part of a broader strategy to manage symptoms and improve overall brain health.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba, one of the oldest living tree species, has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. Studies suggest that it has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and vasodilating properties that can improve blood flow to the brain. This can potentially help in managing cognitive symptoms associated with NPH. Ginkgo may also help combat oxidative stress in the brain, further supporting brain health.


Ashwagandha is a key herb used in Ayurveda, a traditional Indian medicinal system. It has been found to possess anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties. Research has shown that Ashwagandha can promote neurogenesis, the process by which new neurons are formed in the brain. This could be beneficial in managing the cognitive issues associated with NPH.

Furthermore, Ashwagandha is known for its stress-relieving properties, potentially helping NPH patients manage anxiety and stress symptoms.


Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, a spice well-known for its medicinal properties. It is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Studies have shown Curcumin to cross the blood-brain barrier and has a neuroprotective effect on the brain's cells. Some research indicates that it may help manage neurodegenerative conditions by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress in the brain. 1

Bacopa Monnieri

Also known as Brahmi, Bacopa Monnieri is a staple plant in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. It has been widely used to improve memory and cognitive function. Studies suggest that Bacopa Monnieri enhances brain communication by increasing the growth of nerve endings, also known as dendrites.2 This can help in managing the cognitive symptoms seen in NPH.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

While not an herb, Omega-3 fatty acids deserve mention due to their significant potential benefits to brain health. These essential fats have been shown to support brain function and reduce inflammation.3 They can be sourced from fish oil supplements or a diet rich in fatty fish.


Ginseng, particularly the Panax variety, has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine. It is believed to enhance brain function and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Some studies suggest ginseng may improve mental function in Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative disorders.4

Dietary Changes

Inflammation plays a crucial role in many neurological disorders. Therefore, adopting an anti-inflammatory diet may assist in managing symptoms of NPH. Consuming foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and other anti-inflammatory compounds can improve brain health. These include fish, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Conversely, foods high in saturated fats, trans fats, and processed sugars should be avoided.


Maintaining optimal hydration is crucial for overall health and particularly important for brain function. Drinking sufficient water helps maintain the flow of nutrients to the brain and removes waste products.

Regular Exercise

Physical activity improves overall bodily functions, including circulation and brain health. For those with NPH, low-impact exercises like walking, swimming, and yoga can help improve strength, balance, flexibility, and cognitive function.

Mental Stimulation

Engaging in activities stimulating the brain can help slow the cognitive decline associated with NPH. This can include puzzles, reading, writing, painting, or learning a new skill. Such activities can help to strengthen neural connections and promote brain health.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Practicing mindfulness and meditation can help manage stress and anxiety often associated with NPH. These practices can also potentially enhance cognitive function and improve quality of life.

Quality Sleep

A good night's sleep is critical for brain health. It helps in the removal of toxic waste products from the brain. Improving sleep hygiene can therefore be beneficial in managing symptoms of NPH.

Social Interaction

Maintaining an active social life can help to delay cognitive decline. Regular social activities can stimulate multiple brain areas and improve mental well-being.

In conclusion, while there's no definitive natural cure for Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH), these natural remedies may help manage symptoms and improve quality of life when used with standard medical treatments. Remember, it's crucial to consult with your healthcare provider before making any significant changes to your current treatment plan.

Continue reading below to learn which natural remedies helped Earth Clinic readers with NPH, and please let us know what you tried!

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Posted by Beryl (Owatonna, MN.) on 07/01/2023

I need some advice for natural help for NPH (Natural Pressure Hydrocephalus). Is there anything that will help the brain release the spinal fluid? I have recently been diagnosed NPH. I am struggling walking or gait problems. I need to use a cane at all times or a walker. I can maneuver around my home without either but any other times I need help. I struggle getting out of a sitting position, my feet feel like they are stuck to the floor so it takes time to get started and get my balance.

I am thinking about having a shunt put in but don't cherish the thought. I am 80, I don't have any of the dementia symptoms that come with NPH, at this point.

Thank you for your help!

Replied by thomas
(Menton, France)

Hi, I'm an 82 year old Male living in France. I have had NPH for at least 5 years.w/o a shunt. I've had episodes of crisis falling and not able to get myself up without help.. this happened years ago. I manage ok, am still driving, and try to keep myself in good physical shape..but the condition stops me from many activities.. Driving long distances, air travel to visit family, long walks, swimming etc. and I sold my scooter as well for fear of an accident..

I got a lot of help from a day center hospital rehab facility where I went 2 or 3 per week.This helped me a lot to regain balance etc..

Hope my story is helpful.. good luck and most important is to avoid falls..

Cheers, Thomas

(Vancouver suburbs)

Hello Thomas.

I am 82 years old and experiencing mobility issues and it sounds like your condition is similar to mine. Do you take any medication and if you can suggest to me I will appreciate very much. I am in a NPH condition. If you could reply to me I will be grateful.

Thank you