Alternative Treatments for Brain Injury

Brain injury is an alteration in the brain function, typically caused by an external force. Brain injuries can be placed in two categories- traumatic or acquired. Traumatic brain injury is caused by a blunt force such as an automobile accident or an assault. An acquired brain injury is usually considered as non-traumatic due to near drowning, stroke, hypoxia, brain tumors, and Shakin Baby Syndrome to name a few.

Conventional medicine is usually the first line of treatment. When improvement seems to have stopped, alternative therapies can be an option and well worth looking into.

Brain trauma can cause other secondary injuries that may not appear for some time after the initial trauma. These can be a change in cerebral blood flow which can cause an increase in pressure within the skull. Studies are discovering that with brain injuries there is also a dramatic decrease in hormones. Some of the side effects of brain injuries are anxiety, depression, anger, memory loss, decrease in attention span and several other documented conditions. There are herbs that have demonstrated some therapeutic benefit for these side effects. They are:

  • Passion Flower
  • St. Johnswort
  • Siberian Ginseng
  • Kava Kava
  • Calamun Root
  • Ginko Biloba

The Brain and Peptides

Studies on hormonal deficiencies and brain trauma have shown that because the hypothalamus, which regulates the pituitary gland, any damage that may incur will disrupt the natural impulses for the releasing of the proper amounts of hormones.

A deficit in hormones is a major factor in some of the cognitive functions. These hormonal deficits sometimes are not associated with a brain injury, and with conventional medicine being what it is, alternative treatment is not always favored. With a brain injury, these hormones are also affected. Insulin, being a peptide, can be decreased, so a diet with natural occurring insulin may consist of avocado, horseradish, flaxseed and olive oil.

Neuropeptides and neurotransmitters are important functions for the brain to work properly. Acetylcholine is the main neurotransmitter for these functions. Vitamin B5 and choline are precursors for the synthesis of Acetylcholine. These can be found as supplements and are natural substances and are important nutrients for the natural healing process for brain injuries.

There have been studies funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), that shows in mice that peptide, which are specific amino acid chains, given as a supplement to brain-injured mice, that there was an improvement of their cognitive behaviors. These peptides can help to stimulate new neurons and regenerate old neurons, creating better synaptogenysis. Specific amino acid chains – the precursors of the neurotransmitters, were mixed together by the researchers and given to the mice. The successful results have provided researcher the insight needed to create custom treatments for humans with both traumatic and acquired brain injuries. These natural peptides chains are found in protein-rich foods, making the targeted treatment 100% safe.

Rebalancing the hormones in the brain and establishing better synaptogenysis are the keys to improving cognitive function in the brain.

As with any alternative therapies, research and ask questions. However, traditional family doctors may not always have the answers when it comes to new and innovative treatments. Check the prescribed medicines for any potential side effects with any recommended herbs, and always consult with a specialist of that treatment type.

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