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 that has already occurred, you want to be prepared for three things: Prevention, Treatment, and Ongoing Rehabilitation.
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.
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Alternative Stroke treatments To Minimize Damage
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.
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.
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Stroke Rehab Techniques For Maximum Stroke Recovery
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.
Alternatives newsletter, May 2008, by Dr. David Williams, medical researcher. Subscription information at www.drdavidwilliams.com.
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