Treating Neurological Conditions with Naturopathic Medicine

What are they?

Neurological conditions are any conditions that affect the nervous system, which consists of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves.

There are many different types of neurological conditions. Examples include fibromyalgia, stroke, essential tremor, Bell’s palsy, and phantom limb pain.

Why do we have them?

Neurological conditions occur because of damage to the brain, spinal cord, or nerves. They can also be genetic. Damage to the nervous system can be caused by infection (e.g., Bell’s palsy), trauma (e.g., phantom limb pain), or toxicity (e.g., cerebellar atrophy, some cases of essential tremor). Genetic conditions that affect the nervous system include Huntington’s chorea and muscular dystrophy.

Conventional Medicine

The conventional medical approach toward neurological conditions depends on the condition. Usually, drugs are prescribed that may be effective in alleviating certain symptoms. In general, however, conventional medicine does not offer a great deal of hope for overcoming neurological disorders.

Naturopathic Approach

Acupuncture is an effective treatment method for many neurological conditions. It is more effective for non-degenerative conditions, such as fibromyalgia, than for degenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. However, even when used to treat degenerative conditions, acupuncture can slow down disease progression and improve quality of life. Other neurological conditions for which acupuncture has been shown to be effective include post-traumatic stress disorder, phantom limb pain, post-accident recovery, stroke, and many others.

Intravenous therapy is an effective modality for some neurological conditions. A Myers’ cocktail is an infusion of vitamins and minerals directly into the vein. Because it bypasses the digestive system, nutrients are much more readily available for use by the body and can be absorbed in much higher concentrations than nutrients taken orally. Fibromyalgia in particular responds well to intravenous therapy. People with fibromyalgia have been shown to have decreased levels of magnesium. Injecting magnesium directly into the bloodstream greatly increases the magnesium supply to the body’s cells and promotes healing.

Good nutrition ensures that the body is getting the nutrients it needs to reduce inflammation and promote healing. There are few, if any, health conditions that do not improve when the diet is improved.

Herbs and/or supplements may need to be given in addition to a healthy diet to further reduce inflammation and promote healing. They are prescribed depending on individual conditions.