A stroke is not considered a heart attack but an attack on the brain. An artery to the brain is obstructed, or small vessels inside the brain burst. Only heart disease and cancer kill more Americans than stroke. The incidence rises steeply with age and is higher in men than in women. There is a calcium insufficiency in the body. The natural calcium has been consumed by a former fever or by bequest to inorganic calcium, which lacks life and does not support the muscle, nerve, and bone structure. This causes weakness and failure to use the organ involved.
Lightheadedness, fainting, stumbling, blurring vision, slurred or lost speech or memory, numbness or paralysis of part of the body, difficulty swallowing, and a coma for short or long periods. Symptoms may take minutes, hours, or days to develop. This could be a sudden, severe seizure or attack, often termed apoplexy. A stroke generally accompanies a cerebrovascular accident. And it can come without heat exhaustion, which occurs in apoplexy.
Strokes are caused by atherosclerosis (cholesterol plaques clogging the neck and brain arteries) or high blood pressure, which causes blood vessels in the brain to bust. Four possible patterns that can result in a stroke are:
1. An embolism is a clot that breaks loose and travels up in the direction of the brain, where the clot gets wedged in a smaller artery. This momentarily cuts off blood flow to a section of the brain.
2. A thrombus is a clot inside the brain that blocks blood flow.
3. An aneurysm is a portion of an artery that balloons outward. Filled with blood, this weak spot eventually bursts.
4. A hemorrhage is a damaged artery within the brain that bursts.
Sometimes a tumor, not a clot, blocks an artery providing vital blood to the brain. Whatever the cause, the result is the death of local brain tissue from lack of oxygen and food. 40 to 50 percent of all strokes are caused by thrombosis, 30 to 35 percent by an embolus, and 20 to 25 percent by a blood vessel rupture. If the damaged area is small enough, the brain will reroute the affected brain functions to other areas of the brain as a period of relearning and compensation occurs. Surgery will be required for existing aneurysms.
About a third of all strokes are tiny strokes (transient ischemic attacks), generally resulting in full recovery within twenty-four hours. Another third cause is weakness and paralysis (hemiplegia). The final third is fatal. Many of the four million stroke survivors in the U.S. suffer speech problems, paralysis, and diminished mental capacity. Second strokes are prevalent. The inactivity following a stroke might lead to osteoporosis and a loss of calcium from the bones.
How to Recognize a Stroke
To immediately recognize if a person has just had a stroke:
1. Call for the individual to smile.
2. Call for the individual to raise both arms.
3. Call for the individual to speak a simple sentence.
If the sufferer has difficulty with any of these tasks, they likely have had a stroke.
Natural Remedies for Stroke
Call 911 or have somebody take you to the nearest hospital emergency room if you experience the subsequent symptoms: numbness or weakness on one side of your body (face, arm, or leg), vision problems, dizziness or loss of balance, confusion or trouble speaking, severe headaches that come on for no apparent reason.
Call 9-1-1. Give the person ½ tsp. Cayenne pepper stirred in a small amount of water and help them swallow it.
The suddenness with which apoplexy comes necessitates the fastest therapeutic action. Cayenne pepper (one teaspoon to the cup) may be administered quickly; a tincture of lobelia (three drops to one-half teaspoon, according to the size and age of the individual) should be given regularly; the antispasmodic tonic is excellent.
Cayenne is known to have relieved the paralyzed condition of strokes, even though the person has been in a wheelchair for years. Through cayenne and the cleansing herbs, many have been able to walk again.
Here are several other valuable herbs:
1. Black cohosh.
2. Blue cohosh.
11. Ginger (bath or tea, primarily for the throat.)
Place ½ teaspoon of mustard powder and ½ teaspoon of cayenne powder in hot bathwater. Allow the individual to soak in bath water as hot as possible until sweating abundantly. Watch them closely to prevent fainting, leading to their head slipping into the water.
Mix one ounce each of fluid extract of black cohosh and wood betony and one teaspoon of the cayenne tincture. Give one teaspoon every 30 minutes until the patient improves; then continue every 1-2 hours as the condition warrants.
Give the sufferer a footbath in hot water with cayenne and mustard. Ring out a piece of cloth soaked in hot water with cayenne and mustard. Wrap this around a hot-water bottle and place it on their feet. To help equalize circulation and remove pressure from the brain, give them an enema of the following: ¼ teaspoon each of tinctures of lobelia, skullcap, and cayenne in ¾ pint of warm water. If the enema does not evacuate the bowel, repeat it. The patient should perspire freely.
The safest way to prevent a stroke is to lower blood pressure and reduce fat intake in your diet.
Alpha-linolenic acid is one of the groups of omega-3 fatty acids. It helps lower the risk of strokes in middle-aged men at high risk of cardiovascular disease. It does this by lessening the likelihood of clot formation. Walnuts and soybeans are sources, but the best is flaxseed oil. Total fat intake should be 30 percent of calories or less.
Bromelain (a digestive enzyme in pineapple) can help dissolve a blood clot, preventing a second stroke. Starting no sooner than one day after the stroke, before meals, take 15,000 mg 3 times a day. (If taken more shortly, it could cause mild bleeding in the brain.)
Ginkgo can help you recover from a stroke and prevent a second one by improving blood flow to the brain. Take 180-240 mg daily of a standardized 24 percent extract of the herb.
By helping to open and repair arteries and strengthening the heart, daily amounts of certain nutrients help reduce the probability of a second stroke: vitamin C (3000 mg), vitamin E (400-600 IU), and Omega-3 (1 tablespoon flaxseed oil). Coenzyme Q10 (30 to 100 mg).
So many toxins flow into the bloodstream when the bowel is constipated. Chinese medical practitioners prevent strokes and treat them by eliminating constipation.
Aneurysms are often caused by copper deficiency which results in weakened elastic fibers. Once the damage occurs, supplementation with copper cannot repair it: but the copper (2-4 mg/day) can help prevent aneurysms.
Oxygen is powerful. Breathe deeply as much and as often as you can. An alternative is a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, where the atmospheric pressure is artificially raised, and you breathe pure oxygen. This can help with stroke recovery. Some areas of the brain are not dead but only sleeping. The oxygen can awaken them and increase the speed of repair.
- Vance Ferrell Harold M. Cherne, M.D. The Natural Remedies Encyclopedia [Book]. – Altamont, TN: Harvestime Books, 2010. – Vol. Seventh Edition: 7: pp. 529, 530.