Steroid injections are the most commonly used method of treating spinal cord injuries. However there is a fine line between an effective dose and a harmful one. Serious side effects, such as blood clots, pneumonia and breathing-difficulties, have caused the FDA to delay approval of steroid use for spinal cord injuries. Now you can also try natural herbs like turmeric to heal spinal cord injury.
A recent study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery highlighted the breakthroughs scientists made with rats suffering from spinal disorders.
Three groups of rats were fed different diets:
- 1) One was given normal rat food.
- 2) Another was given a diet high in fats and processed sugars.
- 3) A third was given a diet rich in antioxidants with documented anti-inflammatory properties, specifically docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) – an omega-3 fatty acid – and curcumin (the compound that gives turmeric its yellow coloring).
The results from the third diet were astounding. DHA has been shown in other studies to repair cell membrane damage but scientists discovered that the healing capabilities of omega-3 fatty acids include the ability to protect nerves after an accident or injury and to prevent cell death.
This total cellular protection is crucial to successful nerve injury recovery. Curcumin’s role in recovery includes relieving and reducing inflammation, thereby preventing further nerve damage and speeding recovery. Curcumin is such a potent antioxidant that it has been shown to rebuild brain cells and aid in stroke prevention.
Heal spinal cord injury naturally using DMSO with turmeric
Extremely safe substance increases blood flow and oxygen to the injured area and is excellent to heal the spinal cord or back injury. Add one of the following therapeutic herbs: ginger, garlic, aloe vera, white willow, boswella, cayenne(capsaicin), turmeric, bromelain into a DMSO ointment and rub directly in to the pain area. Can use it for all joint pains including all types of arthritis. Many professional athletes rub DMSO gel directly in to the pain area or injury for pain relief. Excellent for any back pain or spinal cord injury.
Curcumin to preserve walking after spinal cord injury
Curcumin, found in turmeric, could preserve walking ability among spinal cord injury patients. A recipe made with turmeric, coconut oil and black pepper can help. Add 4 teaspoons of turmeric powder and 6 teaspoons of coconut oil or butter in a pan and heat it on low heat for a minute. Then add a teaspoon of black pepper to the mix and let it cool. Now take one teaspoon of this remedy three times a day for as long as your symptoms last to heal spinal cord injury.
Flaxseeds to preserve walking after spinal cord injury
Curry spice and, omega-3 fatty acid found in flaxseeds could preserve walking ability following spinal-cord injury. ScienceDaily (June 26, 2012) UCLA researchers discovered that a diet enriched with a popular omega-3 fatty acid and an ingredient in curry spice preserved walking ability in rats with spinal-cord injury. Published June 26 in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, the findings suggest that these dietary supplements help repair nerve cells and maintain neurological function after degenerative damage to the spinal cord