I am writing this article in hopes to help those of you suffering from Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS) as this past year my girlfriend suffered from Post Concussion Syndrome. As was the experience for us, you might already know its pretty difficult to find information on homeopathic or holistic treatments.
We went to countless doctors visits, from the ER to Urgent care and stayed up many sleepless nights. It was very rough on her to say the least..
The medications the doctors gave her were little to no help so we looked into using homeopathic supplements in support of her medications. I have compiled a list of supplements that she found helpful. Her case was severe as she was in two car accidents within a two month time period. Some supplements helped more than others but everyones body works differently so please talk to your doctor about taking any supplements.
1. Longvida (Curcumin)
Curcumin is an extraordinarily powerful compound found within the turmeric root, a root belonging to the ginger family. As evidenced by preliminary research findings, curcumin extracts contain antioxidant and amazing anti-inflammatory properties in volumes enough to help treat a variety of chronic diseases.
Longvida curcumin was developed to improve neurological health but specifically to improve the delivery of curcumin into the brain tissue.
…Additionally, Curcumin is noted to serve therapeutic purposes, such as stress and anxiety reduction. It is especially powerful in areas having to do with brain growth, cell membrane stabilization, neuro-recovery, reducing cholesterol, chelating heavy metals and supporting mitochondrial defense.
Fish oil is the best source of two plant-based essential fatty acids known as Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
…EPA and DHA are active compounds that mediate cell signaling and influence anti-inflammatory pathways as necessary for brain development and function. Full of omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil is capable of
decreasing nerve swelling, recovering cognitive functioning, increasing nerve repair and even improving your overall mood!
We found fish oil to be the most helpful supplement. It really helped with her headaches/ migraines and in turn this helped her get better sleep witch in turn improved her overall mood.
Creatine is an amino acid primarily found in your muscles. Continued research findings indicate that the benefits of creatine are evident in its ability to lessen symptoms of concussion by preventing and treating neurological deficits, which typically follow an injury.
Creatine can be taken in powder form or in pill form. We found the pill form to be more convenient but you do what you feel is best for you.
This can be taken in powder or capsule form. We found the powder to be more convenient as she would toss some in with her morning smoothie but the convenience factor might change from person to person so rest assured they are both the same just do what is right for you.
4. Flax seed oil
Sense ancient times flax seed has been know to promote healthy brain functionand development. Just like fish oil, Flax seed oil contains Omega-3 fatty acids which are excellent for promoting good brain health.
…A deficiency in Omega-3fatty acids can lead to fatigue, mood swings, poor memory and decreased concentration.
Omega-3 acids may provide a number of benefits for improving mood and enhancing cognitive functioning.
Skullcap(Scutellaria) is a flowering plant in the mint family. Chinese Skullcap consumption has been a go to homeopathic remedy to combating concussions and migraines for centuries. It acts as a nerve relaxant and has shown to drastically relieve headaches and migraine symptoms felt from Post Concussion Syndrome.
…Additionally Chinese skullcap helps improve blood flow and nutrients to the brain making this a speedy Post Concussion Syndrome recovery treatment.
Skullcap has a deeply mellowing/soothing affect and is probably best to use at night.
6. Vitamine E
Vitamin E has a strong antioxidant effect that is shown to promote good brain and nerve health.
Taking Vitamin E supplements have been shown to reduce nerve damage and improve cognitive functioning for people suffering from Post Concussion Syndrome.
Following a concussion the brain decreases in magnesium levels by up to 50%. Having low Magnesium levels can lead to mitochondrial dysfunction, inflammation, loss of energy and appetite and many other negative symptoms.
Magnesium helps to provide your cells with the much needed energy for cell repair and restoration in their time of need.
Taking Magnesium following a concussion can help reduce neuronal cell death.
Feverfew is another ancient remedy belonging to the daisy family. Feverfew is particularly useful in combating the migraine symptom related to Post Concussion Syndrome and is used as a preventative treatment.
If taken regularly migraine attacks should lessen in frequency and in some cases stop all together.
9. Lavender Oil
For over 2,500 years Lavender essential oil has been used to reduce anxiety,
improve sleep, alleviate headaches and alleviate mental stress.
…In this uncomfortable time dealing with Post Concussion Syndrome, Lavender oil can help offer some stress and anxiety relief which can make all the difference in your recovery treatment.
My girlfriend really enjoyed using this topically. Before bed she would rub a drop or two on her temples and she found the aroma to be very therapeutic and relaxing.
10. Green Tea Extract
Green tea is great for reducing inflammation and aiding in concentration. Green tea also contains caffeine which can help alleviate headache and migraine symptoms associated with Post Concussion Syndrome.
… Additionally Green tea contains the amino acids methylxanthine and theanine which have neuroprotective benefits protecting the brain from excitotoxic injury.
We found this was great to take in the morning as it contains caffeine. She found it was nice to have something help her get her day started while also alleviating some of her post concussive symptoms.
Lets open up a discussion! Please leave comments bellow and let me know what supplements were helpful for you. If there are any supplements I have not listed that you found helpful please let us know.
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