Last Modified on Jan 25, 2013
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a difficult condition to diagnose and treat, but home remedies and natural therapies can help mitigate symptoms and hopefully repair the damages to delicate brain tissue.
CTE as an increasing medical concern is getting more attention these days among soldiers and American Football players. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy results from substantial and primarily from repeated head trauma such is suffered by athletes in sports that include violent player-to-player contact as well as among soldiers exposed to explosive concussions.
While CTE is a degenerative brain disorder with symptoms of depression, headaches, aggression, dementia, etc., only an autopsy of the brain can provide a conclusive diagnosis at this time.
Home Remedies: Natural treatments and treatments of any kind for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy are limited at present, but controlling inflammation with herbal or dietary anti-inflammatories may provide some relief.
Hyperbaric Oxygen, Amino Acids
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/22/2010: Miranda from Atlanta, Ga, USA: "My husband has had multiple concussions which have led to post-concussion syndrome. After his 3rd head injury, his MDs told him he'd never work or drive again, to learn to live with extreme pain and they only had pharmaceuticals, for symptom control/relief, or a shunt that they could offer. One of his MDs, at my request, found a clinic that would do hyperbaric oxygen treatments (hbot) for conditions AMA does not officially approve of for using hbot. My husband did 40 sessions, 1 hour at pressure, in a 100% oxygen environment, and 11 days later was back at work. The results were extremely significant and all forms of brain injury can respond to hbot. We saw other folks who were coming to the clinic making progress before our eyes, kids with cerebral palsy, people who'd had strokes. The sooner after a brain trauma the treatment begins, the better, but improvement can still come years later. There are many links for many different conditions there; brain injury is not the only condition that hbot can provide healing for. The results for my husband were so significant, we now own a hyperbaric chamber instead of having bought long term health care insurance. That chamber is our long term insurance.
In addition to hbot, we've found amino acid supplementation to be helpful in symptom control. The effects are often extremely quick - a few minutes literally.
Certain amino acids are precursors to brain chemicals, for instance l-tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin, phenylalanine is a precursor to dopamine, etc. Using amino acids requires observation and interaction on the part of the healer and if possible, the patient. For instance, my husband, unable to take gabapentin, a pharmaceutical involved in GABA brain levels, found great relief using GABA amino acid, but we had to have the powdered form and initially he could only use 1 grain at a time of the powder.
Neither hbot nor amino acid supplementation has provided 100% cure for my husband by any means, but they have provided significant and noticeable healing and/or relief. I am continuing my search for other routes to healing brain injuries and will share whatever I find. I am sorry that this post is over 2 years after the initial question, but hope this will still be helpful for some people."
01/24/2013: Headsupcte from Charlotte, Nc, Usa replies: "Hi Miranda, we have been working with various individuals and researching treatment options. HBOT has some great results. Glad to hear it is helping.
I've also seen powerful changes in those who are taking high quality Omega 3s. Dr. Mike Lewis at the Brain Health Education and Research Institute was recently featured on CNN talking about head injuries and Omega 3s. He has established a Brain Injury Protocol using Omega 3s if you wanted to check into it.
Nutrient rich diets, avoiding alcohol and stimulants also appears to help.
I am putting together some information I found about homeopathy and brain injury and will post that on Earth Clinic soon.
Other options that have been showed promise include Cranio Sacral Therapy (CST) and other energy work. We have listed treatments and information on our web site www.HeadsUpCTE.com -- we are non-profit supporting education and awareness about CTE for former atheletes and their families, but the information we provide is hopefully useful for anyone impacted by head injuries.
All the best, Colleen @ HeadsUp! CTE"