Homeopathy: Natural Brain Function Boosters
Loss of brain function can be the result of trauma, illness, or even your genes. But it can also be due to other factors such as a hormonal imbalance, stress, poor circulation, and toxicity. Although impaired brain function due to genetics or trauma may only be managed to a certain degree, brain function impairment due to other factors can often be improved or completely repaired. Brain function boosters most certainly play a role in managing and, in many instances, improving your condition.
Due to the stressful modern lifestyle, conditions like anxiety and depression are not uncommon. In the world of conventional medicine, drugs are usually administered to treat these symptoms. In many instances, these drugs may become habit-forming or have long-lasting side effects. In the field of homeopathy, however, naturally occurring substances are used. In many cases, the belief of ‘like cures like’ is actually found to be true.
What are Brain Function Boosters?
Brain function boosters refer to a range of herbal supplements and remedies that proactively address psychological symptoms of stress, trauma, or illness. They work by either suppressing the symptoms or alleviating them in some way.
Why You Should Consider Homeopathic Brain Boosters
Homeopathy sees every person as an individual and as an individual, your entire body should be treated holistically. This means that what works for one person may not necessarily work for another.
Additionally, homeopathy does not see good health as the exclusion of an identifiable disease or ailment. Instead, all aspects are looked at—this includes your body’s self-healing and renewing abilities and its adaptiveness, as well as your physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and mental health. In essence, any illness is the result of being in an unbalanced state. At its core, homeopathy is about restoring and maintaining balance. And this includes mental balance.
When it comes to homeopathic remedies that affect your state of mind, there are huge advantages over medications commonly-prescribed by conventional medical practitioners. This is because homeopathy treats the entire person, not just the manifestation, i.e., the symptoms, of the problem. These remedies are also 100% natural and not addictive. For the most part, homeopathic remedies are safe to use with most over-the-counter medications, except where certain side-effects or precautions are specifically stated.
Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms May Benefit from Brain Function Boosters
Adrenal fatigue is a condition characterized by a range of symptoms that may seem connected or totally foreign to each other. Amongst the many symptoms, some are psychological and some are physical. Physical symptoms are often easier to detect and include brittle nails, dry skin, weight loss or gain, and skin issues such as eczema and psoriasis. On the other hand, psychological symptoms are often harder to discern and using them to diagnose Adrenal Fatigue is extremely difficult.
Psychological symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue include:
- Low sex drive
- Brain fog
- Nightmares and sleep issues
- Constantly feeling stressed out
When talking about Adrenal Fatigue, people immediately tend to focus only on the adrenal glands and their function. But Adrenal Fatigue is much more than that. It’s a condition that affects just about every system in the body including the brain.
Stress is perceived by the brain. To be more specific, the hypothalamus of the brain. From there, chemical messengers are sent to the pituitary gland, instructing it send its own chemical messengers to the adrenal glands, which in turn produce the fight or flight hormone cortisol to help deal with the situation.
Remember, however, for chemical messengers to work effectively, they require certain vitamins and minerals since they are either neurotransmitters or hormones, or sometimes, both.
Once the perceived threat is over, the brain signals to the adrenals to resume their normal function producing cortisol and other hormones, which stimulate other glands throughout the body to carry on normal hormone production.
When the stressful situation persists, however, problems may arise. Precursor hormones are continuously used by your adrenals to mass produce cortisol (steadily increasing its production), therefore, less precursor hormones are available for producing other essential hormones. Not only that, bodily functions deemed non-essential for immediately sustaining life are usually switched off or reduced during times of stress and only return to normal once the period of stress is over. When you’re in a constant state of stress, however, these systems start to suffer as they are unable to resume their normal function. Your body undergoes a cascade of events that negatively impact all aspects of your health including brain function.
Impact of adrenal fatigue on the brain
While an initial surge of cortisol may keep your brain sharp and focused, cortisol may also rewire neuropathways in the hippocampus. This area of your brain is responsible for episodic memory. In effect, the constant high doses of cortisol start aging your brain.
In addition, cortisol binds to certain receptors present in your brain’s chemical messengers and in doing so, the receptors release increasing amounts of calcium. When your neurons experience a calcium overload, they can die.
A symptom commonly associated with the overproduction of cortisol and Adrenal Fatigue is depression. One side effect of cortisol overload is a decrease in the production of other hormones. In the brain, these can be, amongst others, serotonin and dopamine.
Serotonin plays an important role in sleep and depression, and many depression medications prescribed in conventional medicine contain this hormone. Dopamine, on the other hand, plays an important role in behavior, cognitive function, and emotions. When hormone production in your brain is compromised, the results can manifest as diverse psychological issues.
Brain function boosters, to a large extent, support brain health in its many facets.
Brain Function Boosters That May Aid Recovery
We are all aware of the fact that athletes take supplements to keep their bodies in top physical condition and enhance their performance. We’re not talking about steroids necessarily, but natural supplements that, together with diet and a strict exercise regime, keep athletes in shape and ready to perform while at the same time, maintaining focus. In the same way, natural supplements may fall into the category of brain function boosters. These naturally occurring substances work to optimize your brain’s performance or simply give your brain a boost during those times when you don’t quite feel your best. Essentially, they allow you to up your game and reach the end strait.
Arsenicum Album, or arsenic as it is often referred to if taken incorrectly, is indeed a poison. However, taken at the correct dilution, it is beneficial to brain health and considered to be one of the best natural brain function boosters around.
Brain cancer is known to cause certain uncharacteristic behaviors. A study conducted at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the Translational Genomics Research Institute identified an arsenic compound that may be of benefit to those with glioblastoma multiforme. This type of brain cancer is the most common and also the deadliest. Arsenicum Album was also been found effective against skin cancer.
Some of the most common and effective uses of Arsenicum Album, however, are in addressing anxiety, restlessness, and even exhaustion, all of which are common symptoms associated with Adrenal Fatigue.
It’s important to be careful though, since overmedicating with Arsenicum Album may lead to arsenic poisoning.
Calcarea Carbonica is most commonly obtained from the middle portion of oyster cells but is also found in egg shells and limestone. As a brain function booster, it’s very effective and addresses one of the most common symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue—chronic fatigue. Moreover, it can aid depression, severe anxiety, and apprehension, as well as heart palpitations, which often go hand in hand with anxiety attacks. Calcarea Carbonica may also help with obsessive disorders that cause compulsive behavior.
Ignatia Amara is considered by some as a form of homeopathic Prozac. The reason is because this remedy deals with the emotions.
One of the most effective brain function boosters, Ignatia Amara is made from the tincture of Strychnos ignatii beans. Although these beans contain strychnine, a component usually found in rat poison, the poisonous component is removed during the making of this remedy.
Ignatia Amara is effective when used for emotional symptoms related to Adrenal Fatigue and brain function including headaches, insomnia, nervousness, emotional shock, mood swings, anxiety, and depression.
Kali Carbonicum is an alkaline solution and a product of potassium hydroxide reacting with carbon dioxide.
The remedy may be of benefit to those experiencing mood swings, stress, anxiety, and depression. It’s also an effective remedy for headaches.
Lachesis Mutus is made from venom of the Bushmaster snake, a viper commonly found in Central and South America.
This remedy may be effective for those experiencing emotional fluctuations, anxiety, depression, and feelings of deep grief, as well as those under a lot of stress.
Lachesis Mutus acts on your central nervous system and should be taken with caution and under the guidance of a certified healthcare professional to determine the correct dosage. Please do not self-medicate.
Natrium Muriaticum is sodium chloride. Yes, your average, garden-variety salt. However, it is almost unparalleled as one of the most important brain function boosters in homeopathy. This is because Natrum Muriaticum plays an important role in the exchange of neural signals, making it an essential for proper brain function and processes that are part of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Thus, it plays a crucial role in your body’s NeuroEndoMetabolic (NEM) stress response and salt is necessity for proper psychological function.
Natrium Muriaticum has been deemed particularly effective for those who have sleep issues such as waking during the night or insomnia, depression, brain fog, headaches, and irritability.
Pulsatilla is made from meadow anemone and a member of the Ranunculaceae (buttercup) family. All parts of the plant are used in making this remedy.
This herb seems to affect the body’s hormone circuit in a beneficial way and may be used for most issues related to hormonal imbalance in both men and women.
As one of the most useful brain function boosters, Pulsatilla is often used for depression, premenstrual syndrome (PMS; including psychological symptoms), anxiety, tension headaches, migraines, hyperactivity, and hormonal imbalance.
Please note, this remedy may not be safe for pregnant women and may cause miscarriage or birth defects.
Staphysagria is a remedy made from seeds of the delphinium plant. This plant is also known as Larkspur and is endemic to Asia and Southern Europe.
Staphysgaria has many beneficial uses and is often used to treat emotional issues, among them, recovery from events that cause mental trauma, anxiety, issues arising from suppressed anger, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Please note that ingesting this plant in any form other than its homeopathic form could lead to a number of adverse side effects included vomiting, sexual dysfunction such as the loss of libido, coma, and even death, due to the plant blocking your neuromuscular processes.
Points to Remember When Taking Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic medications are considered safe and non-addictive, however, self-medicating and choosing your own dosage can be a dangerous game. A trained healthcare practitioner will be better able to determine your specific needs and dosage. What works for one person may not work for you since we are all different and the root cause of a particular condition may also differ. Seeking guidance from a qualified healthcare practitioner is the best path to take when it comes to using any form of medication, remedy, or supplement.
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Dr. Lam’s Key Question
Are brain function boosters safe for everyone to use?
Brain function boosters are considered safe to use but there are certain situations when you should consider alternatives, especially if you’re pregnant. It’s advisable to only take supplements under the supervision of your healthcare provider. Correct dosage is extremely important.