Suffering a stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, with 795,000 people a year suffering, Business Management Daily says. About half of the survivors are able to return to work after a few months, while the other half are experiencing constant fatigue, mobility and speech issues. While the cost of the emergency rooms and medical care are very high, medical experts still agree that prompt intervention by medical professionals is necessary in the instance of a stroke. A review of recent research, however, gives a few suggestions on stroke alternative treatment facts and cures from a more general perspective.
According to Cynthia Haines, MD, medical reviewer for Everyday Health, it is very important to do daily massages, yoga, acupuncture to prevent or relieve a stroke. Acupuncture is an ancient practice from China and Japan that stimulates the muscles and nerves, can balance the body’s energy and improve blood flow. It is a technique during which needles are being inserted painlessly. Massage is another great way – it helps with lowering the blood pressure and heart rate, and relieves anxiety. The Chinese commonly used herbal medicines in the ancient times, but as Everyday Health says, a further study on them might be needed. Aromatherapy and yoga might be wonderful tips for relaxation. Yoga and tai chi are great for reducing stress and improving the brain functions.
The diet is also playing a role in the prevention of stroke, the American Heart&Stroke Association says. Eating healthy can reduce the risk of having poor cholesterol, high blood pressure and excess of weight. The American Heart&Stroke Association suggests that eating foods with low sodium, low-calorie, fiber-rich and more fruits and vegetables are a good way to stay healthy. Furthermore, it is mentioned that cooking at home could be ideal to have a balanced diet.
The HealthCheck Systems gives a list of superfoods for stroke alternative treatment facts and cures, as well as for anyone who has a risk of stroke – brocolli, carrots, chili peppers, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, strawberries, papaya, pineapple, kiwi, mango, apricots, bananas, garlic, green tea, soybeans, tofu, salmon and oats. Some of these superfoods are lowering the cholesterol, are rich in antioxidants and are a great source of vitamin C.
Mercola.com writes about another alternative medicine technique for stroke patients is the curcumin drug. Curcumin, according to the site, is a pigment that gives the tumeric its yellow color, used by the Chinese in the ancient times. The Curcumin compound CNB-001 does not dissolve the blood clots, but repairs the damage due to lack of oxygen and enables the possibility for regeneration of brain cells, according to a study done by Dr. Lapchak, PhD. However, Mercola.com suggests that if someone has signs of stroke, it isn’t wise to reach for the tumeric spice, because it cannot be used as a home remedy. It should be used for patients that have already experienced stroke.
It should be noted that while these stroke alternative treatments facts and cures can be great to try, patients should first talk to their doctor if they have another condition, or are on certain medications. It is also suggested that all alternative treatments go with a certified professional who is aware of the heart conditions and prescribed medications.
by Marija Makeska
Business Management Daily