Stroke Treatments


Discover alternative stroke treatments for recovery and rehabilitation. Information on stroke prevention, therapy, and the latest alternative treatments and healing from alternative medicine.


In dealing with the possibility of a stroke or a stroke in the future, or a stroke that has already occurred, you want to be prepared for three things: Prevention, Treatment, and Ongoing Rehabilitation. This page covers all three situations.

Stroke prevention

Vitamin D

Stroke patients with low vitamin D levels were more likely to suffer severe strokes and have poor health afterwards than those with normal levels of vitamin D, according to research presented at the 2015 American Stroke Association Conference.

A study of 96 participants found that stroke patients with vitamin D blood levels below 30 ng/ml had about two times larger areas of dead tissue resulting from the stroke compared to patients with levels above 30 ng/ml. For each 10 ng/ml reduction in vitamin D levels, the odds of a healthy recovery in the three months following stroke were reduced by almost half.

Aspirin

As many as 60 percent of those taking aspirin to prevent stroke may be aspirin resistant, a condition that may increase the risk of  cardiovascular events, such as stroke, says medical researcher Dr. David Williams. There are a number of tests available to test for aspirin resistance, including a urine test called AspirinWorks. Dr. Williams recommends taking the clot-busting supplement called "nattokinase" instead of aspirin for preventing strokes.

Fruits and vegetables

A study tracking more than 250,000 people with almost 5000 incidents of stroke found that, on average, those  consuming five or more servings (two to three ounces per serving) of fruits and vegetables a 26% risk reduction for stroke. If you just can't tolerate that much, add a supplement like Advanced Greens Formula to your favorite drink to add all the advantages of vegetables, fruits, more. Note that I do not make ANY money from products I link to.


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Alternative Stroke Treatments

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)

To make a long, complicated story short (ask your doctor), cells in the neurologic tissue of stroke victims are oxygen deprived. HBOT can save cells and encourage new vessel growth, minimizing damage by flooding them with pressurized oxygen. How soon after the stroke will this still work? The sooner the better. But...HBO pioneer David Sttenblock, DO, of California has reported partial to significant recover of neurologic function up to five years after a stroke. 

Near Infrared (NIR)

This infrared light reaches your brain through your nasal cavity. A study randomly divided stroke patients into two groups of 30 patients each. One group took only drugs. The second group took drugs and also used low-level intranasal light therapy. This group saw significantly greater improvement than the drugs only group.

This study used an older, less effective version of this therapy. The newer, more effective device is called the Vielight NIR light. This treatment is also being used for Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and other neurologic conditions. This is a very condensed version of a great deal of information in the July 2013 and November 2013 issues of Second Opinion newsletter.

For a photo of the Vielight and a link to more info, see my natural migraine relief page.

Hypothermic therapy

Hypothermic therapy, in which the body is rapidly cooled and then warmed, shows promise in minimizing stroke damage. Dr. Williams notes that treating stroke with caffeine and alcohol can also be very effective, decreasing stroke damage by 80 percent in animals, when given within two hours after the stroke.

Tocotrienols

Stroke treatments can include dietary supplements. Tocotrienols, which are a fraction of Vitamin E, are showing promise in speeding up brain healing and even reversing brain damage from stroke, Alzheimers and dementia. Read the details on the page titled Benefits of Tocotrienols

Caffeine

Previous use of caffeine and alcohol for stroke treatment has led to the testing of Caffeinol, a drug administered intravenously. Human trials are proceeding very slowly. Meanwhile, taking an Irish coffee (two to three cups of strong black coffee and two ounces of whiskey, without the sugar and whipped cream) right after a stroke could be helpful. The combination helps protect brain cells immediately after a stroke, and neither affects clotting directly, so any kind of stroke patient might benefit. No serious side effects have been noted in either animals or humans.

Ongoing rehabilitation

Music and audiobooks

Researchers at the University of Helsinki, Finland, have found that providing stroke patients with music or audio books aided recovery. Fifty-four patients were divided into three groups: music, audio books, and no additional stimulation.

Those who listened to music for stroke rehab did the best, showing better verbal memory, focus and concentration. They also experienced less confusion and depression. The researchers conclude that listening to one to two hours of music a day for stroke treatment immediately following a stroke can produce a big improvement in quality of recovery.

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Sources:

HBOT: Second Opinion Healing, Volume One, page 9, a special report by Robert J. Rowen, M.D., Nov. 2013.

Fruits and Vegetables: Second Opinion newsletter, June 2014, by Robert J. Rowen, M.D.

Vielight NIR: Second Opinion newsletter, July 2013 and November 2013, by Robert J. Rowen, M.D.

Aspirin, hypothermic, caffeine: Alternatives newsletter, May 2008, by Dr. David Williams, medical researcher. 


Prayer

"Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."  Matthew 11:28.

A number of studies have linked prayer to healing, and although the results have been inconclusive, what could it hurt to talk to the omnipotent creator of the universe? A prayer for healing might go something like this:

"Dear Lord, please hear me now as I pray for your help with (name your problem). I pray you’ll cleanse my body and heal me completely. In Jesus’ name I pray; Amen."

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