11.05.2016 Naturopathy

Diet and natural therapies for CNS health

Naturopath Lyn Craven continues her exploration of Neuroprotective Therapy to counteract degenerative disease

Obviously in some situations people may have to take pharmaceutical medications, but we all know the resulting side effects - there is always a pay off. Yet we need to be sensible. You may need the drugs but the side effects can be very troublesome and often warrant further drugs.

Question your doctor and if he/she cannot answer your questions, seek second and third opinions, contact pharmaceutical companies and ask to talk with their technical department and head pharmacists, take action.

Natural remedies can be taken at the same time to offset any discomfort and help balance out the metabolism to some degree. It really is a unique and individual situation and the strength of the meds you are taking depends on such factors as:

  • Age of person
  • Chronic/acute health issue
  • Whether it is acquired or genetic
  • State of physical fitness, strength and constitutional health prior to the disorder manifesting
  • Reactions each person has to a pharmaceutical medication
  • Sourcing the correct natural remedies for your own needs and possibly utilising 2-3 different types of therapy such as acupuncture, reflexology, Bowen therapy, (these all work on the CNS) good remedial/sports massage.
  • Remedies that help are digestive enzymes, minerals, vitamins, probiotics, herbal remedies (both Western and Chinese), homoeopathy, EPA/DHA liquid fish oil, cod liver oil (fermented only) which is a rich source of natural Vitamins A & D, possibly lipotrophic remedies.

Some remedies often quoted as being ‘anti ageing’ and for brain and CNS health are:

  • Antioxidants, Reserveratol, Bioflavnoids, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Quercetin, Hesperidins, Rutin, Tumeric, L-glutamine, Co-Enzyme Q10, lithium (natural) to name a few.

Anti ageing herbal remedies include:

  • Gingko, Ginseng, Bilberry, Red Sage, St Mary’s Thistle and many others that support the underlying disorder including relaxing herbs if the CNS is stressed.

Whatever health issue results from a compromised Central Nervous System (CNS) (remember this includes the brain) needs to be addressed with appropriate remedies, whether from a Western herbal medicine standpoint or the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective. Care must be taken so they don’t clash with any other medications. The two types can be taken in the protocol, which is often how I work with neurotherapy.

Homoeopathy can be used in a number of ways to address the underlying emotional or mental picture that the person presents with in conjunction with the relevant symptoms. Often in this case what are called “simples” are used - this is one single remedy at a time. Complexes, on the other hand, include several remedies in the formula. These may include relevant organ tissue, for example parasympathetic nervous system, retina, liver, pancreas, kidney, or hypothalamus. Such remedies are only available for qualified homoeopaths and naturopaths.

The source quality of the remedy is extremely important - don’t go purchasing cheaper products as it won’t pay off in the end. I spend hours sourcing reputable products and formulations. I don’t focus on the entire range of any one company either - sometimes we need to source from overseas since supplies in Australia are limited.

A fresh food diet is so important and should combine raw with lightly steamed vegetables for good quality protein.

If liver enzymes have risen due to any toxicity, especially from pharmaceutical drugs, then fatty fish must not be eaten until this resolves- that is, tuna, trout and salmon. We need to be especially diligent in what we consume to avoid further degeneration. This includes avoiding all caffeine! However, the occasional good quality red wine is okay as it contains proancyadins and antioxidants (though I must point out to get enough of the latter you would have to drink a good flagon of wine which is stressful for kidney and liver health, so reserveratol is the answer!). I suggest wine so you don’t feel deprived when having a social dinner.

People who do not have a neurogenerative disorder can benefit by following the above advice and focusing on an “anti ageing” lifestyle and diet plan, including remedies that are nourishing and supporting. Anti ageing programs are often compiled to cater for any potential genetic health disorders you may be predisposed to, along with your past and present lifestyle and diet, and must be followed diligently in order to work.

Aim to keep your immunity strong to ward off potential viruses which can create ongoing inflammation and degrade cellular tissue, thereby interfering with organ and system function.

Heavy Metal Exposure

We all have some exposure to various heavy metals, but those who have worked in chemical industries over the years would have higher tissue levels. Smokers and anyone with amalgams or other metal devices in their body will often have some degree of heavy metal toxicity. Heavy metals can reside anywhere in the body at a deep cellular level impacting on the function of entire nervous system, brain and endocrine function.

Hair mineral analysis testing is a great way to see what heavy metals have accumulated in your organ and system tissues. At the same time, you will discover any deficiencies you may have with nutritional minerals. Often when these are balanced, some of the heavy metals are naturally released from the body since the cells become stronger and can release the toxic elements. Homoeopathic remedies can be taken to assist with the detox pathway and support the liver, kidneys and lungs.

This is long term therapy and is often for life. Over time when things improve some remedies in the program may cease and be replaced with a management program. In neuroprotective therapy it is not possible to obtain all you need from your diet, even if it consists of fresh organic foods. Bear in mind it is very important to have a good level of protein in your diet.

The alternative would be to simply rely on pharmaceutical medication with its many side effect pitfalls and discover other symptoms manifesting over time. Obviously not everyone can afford to have regular treatments and a myriad of remedies (which is often required on the initial program) - we all do the best we can - but please consult with someone qualified. Unfortunately, many medical doctors are not open to supporting neurotherapy using natural remedies; I encourage you to seek out one who is receptive because even if they don’t understand at least they won’t block your attempts to improve your health and wellness, which can only contribute to further stress, anxiety and fear, all counterproductive to neuroprotection.They will learn by supporting you and your chosen naturopath, nutritionist, homoeopath or TCM practitioner. Ask first before you go see them and don’t waste money if they are not going to support all your needs. I speak from first hand experience!

The above is only an outline of neuroprotective therapy and the benefits you can achieve by following a tailored program.

Read Part One of this series here: http://novaholisticjournal.com/stories/neuroprotec...

Also, "The Best Natural Herbs For Weight Loss and Better Health" which you can read here: http://www.nutriinspector.com/herbs-for-health-and...



Lyn Craven

Lyn Craven is a practitioner of Naturopathy, Bowen Therapy, Reiki and Corporate Health Consultant. She runs a private practice in Bondi, Sydney and also consults via phone and Skype. Lyn has recently created a meditation CD for anxiety, stress and self healing. She can be contacted on 0403 231 804 or lyncraven@bigpond.com

www.lyncravencorporatehealth-naturopath.com

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