Studied Homeopathic Remedies
"Stroke" is the common term for cerebral vascular accident (CVA). The cause of stroke symptoms is the sudden death of part of the brain, either due to obstruction of blood flow or, less commonly, bleeding in the brain. Most strokes are the result of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which in turn is caused by such factors as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking. Depending on the location and extent of the damage, strokes can cause partial paralysis, and difficulty walking or talking.
A stroke is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical intervention. Emergency medical treatment includes measures to limit the extent of the stroke. After a stroke, gradual improvement frequently occurs with time, although the degree of improvement is often difficult to predict.
Scientific Evaluations of Homeopathic Remedies for Stroke
Homeopathic treatment has been proposed as a cost-effective possible method of aiding recovery from stroke.
However, two reported double-blind, placebo-controlled studies
The first study enrolled 40 people who had suffered a significant stroke within the prior 7 days.
In the second trial, researchers administered
1M (an extreme dilution of one part in 102,000) to 40 participants.
Traditional Homeopathic Treatments for Stroke
Arnica was chosen for the studies described above because of its traditional use for the treatment of acute traumatic conditions. It is typically given as an emergency treatment right after a stroke occurs, as well as for weeks or months into the recovery period.
Belladonna is also sometimes used for stroke “first aid,” especially when the victim’s face is flushed, the eyes are fixed wide open, and there is headache, nosebleed, fever, and sensitivity to sound and light.
Loss of ability to speak after a stroke is a traditional indication for
. Other aspects of this remedy’s
Last reviewed April 2009 by EBSCO CAM Review Board
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