The brain is the centre of our intelligence, emotions, and consciousness; if the physical health of our brain is compromised, symptoms manifest in the way we think and feel, which can become too disabling to ignore. It is a profoundly complex and fascinating organ that is equipped with its own unique immune cells and repair mechanisms. These specialized cells survey the delicate environment of the brain and spinal cord, looking for pathogens and toxins to eliminate and thereby protect the body’s neural health. Naturopathic treatment of the brain can help patients recover from brain injury or slow down age-related brain degeneration based on a profound understanding of these innate mechanisms and the ability to harness the brain's self-protection and repair processes.
Concussions are one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention for their brain health. A concussion is a type of brain injury caused by a traumatic blow to the head. This impact can cause the brain to bounce around or twist inside the skull, damaging brain tissue and causing abnormal chemical changes in the brain.
Some symptoms of a concussion are:
Depending on the severity of the injury, those who suffer from a concussion may face health problems that last from a few days to a long-term, indefinite period. Some long-term effects of concussions are:
Another common issue is the imbalance of endogenous chemicals called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that transmit a signal from one nerve cell to another across intercellular gaps until they reach a target cell somewhere in the body. Nutritional deficiency can hinder the body’s ability to synthesize adequate levels of these neurotransmitters. The problem can be insidious even in patients who eat a well-balanced diet because of a phenomenon called relative nutritional deficiency, in which tissue needs increase to a point where even optimal dietary nutrition is no longer sufficient. Relative Nutritional Deficiency (RND) can occur in the brain and nervous system, causing a multitude of cognitive and emotional problems.
Healthy brain function relies on an adequate concentration of neurotransmitters, and our approach to treating the brain naturopathically involves administering high doses of specific amino acids, vitamins and minerals to support the body's ability to manufacture these important chemicals. This kind of supplementation therapy can help treat mood disorders, anxiety, neurocognitive decline, and other mental-emotional ailments.
Numerous health conditions beyond the brain are also associated with abnormal organic acid, amino acid, and fatty acid levels, and so patients in other health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer can benefit from a similar supplementation therapy.
Beta Wellness Centre offers a variety of treatment programs that help with post-traumatic brain recovery, prevention of premature brain aging and other processes that support brain health.
Book a consultation with our naturopath physician to learn more about your brain health and the ways we can heal and support it.