Series 12: Stroke
Stroke is the common name for a sudden paralysis or loss of sensation caused by severe damage to some part of the brain as a result of an interruption of the blood supply to this part.
Under normal circumstances, the demands of the brain for a continuous supply of fresh blood are so great that one-fifth or 20% of the blood pumped by the heart is delivered to the brain.
Each artery in the brain is responsible for nourishing a particular territory and the severity of a stroke depends on which vessel is involved. An interruption of blood supply to any part of the brain causes permanent damage to the cells within about five minutes. The general arrangement of nerve fibres is such that when the right side of the brain is damaged, symptoms of paralysis and numbness affect the left side of the body and vice-versa.
Although the outset of stroke is sudden, the underlying disease condition has usually been of long standing. In fact, little is known of the cause of stroke, except that there is a strong association with high blood pressure (that is, hypertension). Other predisposing factors are diabetes and any condition that makes thrombosis more likely. Thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot in the body and it may occur as a complication of arteriosclerosis, use of oral contraceptives and polycythemia.
Stroke may also be caused by the lodging of a floating fragment of blood clot (known as embolus) in one of the arteries of the brain. Or it may be caused by a rupture of the wall of an artery in the brain, with escape of blood into the brain tissue. As stated earlier, the rupture of the blood vessels may be brought about by high blood pressure, forcing blood through the weakened vessel wall, as in arteriosclerosis or in aneurysm.
The symptoms of stroke may develop instantly or over a period of several minutes. The patient usually collapses and may lose consciousness. His face may be red and there may be vomiting and convulsions. Paralysis may cripple the muscles of one side of the face, causing the mouth to be pulled to the strong side.
Prevention and Control
In Holistic Lifecare, it is strongly advocated that the best prospects of reducing the ill health due to stroke lies in the detection and treatment of the conditions that increase the risk. This is best accomplished by going back to Nature through dietary means of detoxifying the blood as well as strengthening the blood vessels.
The patient should undergo massage and other manipulative therapies aimed at speeding the recovery of the functions of walking and speech, and the learning of day-to-day tasks. The Holistic Natural Remedy being suggested for stroke is a combination of the Natural extracts of herbs such as Allium sativum, Aristolochia albida, Picrlima nitida, Harungana madagascariensis and Viscum album.