March 5

Treating Neurological Conditions with Naturopathic Medicine

What are neurological conditions?
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, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, 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 doesn't offer a great deal of hope for overcoming neurological disorders.

Naturopathic Approach
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 don't improve when the diet is improved and tailored to your condition to help the body repair itself.

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

Acupuncture is an effective treatment method for many neurological conditions. 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.

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