What is a Stroke?
A stroke happens when blood flow to a part of the brain stops. A stroke is sometimes called a “brain attack” and medically it is often referred to as a cerebro-vascular accident (CVA).If blood flow is stopped for longer than a few seconds, the brain cannot get blood and oxygen. Brain cells can die, causing permanent damage.
A sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain. A sudden effusion of blood into any organ or tissue can also be termed stroke.
Strokes are usually classified as Ischemic stroke or Hemorrhagic stroke. In an ischemic stroke, blood supply to part of the brain is decreased, leading to dysfunction of the brain tissue in that area. Hemorrhagic stroke results from a Intracranial hemorrhage, which is the accumulation of blood anywhere within the skull.
Signs and Symptoms of Stroke
The symptoms depend on the area of the brain affected. The more extensive the area of brain affected, the more functions that are likely to be lost.
The most common signs and symptoms of a stroke include
symptoms may include:
- hemiplegia (paralysis of one half) and muscle weakness of the face
- reduction in sensory or vibratory sensation
- initial flaccidity (hypotonicity), replaced by spasticity (hypertonicity), hyperreflexia, and obligatory synergies.
A stroke affecting the brain stem can produce symptoms relating to deficits in these cranial nerves:
- altered smell, taste, hearing, or vision (total or partial)
- drooping of eyelid (ptosis) and weakness of ocular muscles
- decreased reflexes: gag, swallow, pupil reactivity to light
Loss of consciousness, headache, and vomiting usually occurs in hemorrhagic stroke.
Stroke Recovery and Treatment
A stroke is a medical emergency and if a person is showing any signs or symptoms of stroke, he/she must be immediately hospitalized.
Disability affects 75% of stroke survivors enough to decrease their employability.
A multidisciplinary rehabilitation team is usually needed to help the patient in stroke recovery and rehabilitation. These include physicians trained in rehabilitation medicine, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, and orthotists. Some teams may also include psychologists and social workers, since at least one third of the people manifest post stroke depression.
Homeopathy Treatment & Homeopathic Remedies for Stroke
The remedy undoubtedly most similar to the general symptoms of stroke is opium. It has a dark red flushed face, and the darker the better the indication. It has rattling stertorous breathing and unconsciousness, with sometimes a tetanic rigidity of the body and paralysis. The pulse is exceedingly slow and full, and there is drooping of the lower jaw; stroke in drunkards suggests this remedy, Nux vomica or Sepia. Marked venous congestion is a mores valuable symptom than profoundness of stupor. Ferrum phosphoricum. Dr.E.G.Jones uses this remedy in the 3x trituration in hot water when called during an apoplectic seizure, stating that it will usually restore the patient to consciousness in a short time and also control the haemorrhage. Here Aconite may be a better remedy if the mental anxiety is very prominent. Kali muriaticum. The same author uses this remedy to absorb the exudate and believes that many lives may be saved by its use.
Is the remedy where there is soreness and aching all over the body, paralysis, especially of left side, full, strong pulse and stertorous breathing. Bed sores form rapidly. It is a remedy to prevent threatened stroke. Often attacks of stroke can be prevented by restoring the circulation to its equilibrium by means of such remedies as Aconite, Belladonna, Glonoine and Arnica. Bayes attributes many cases of stroke in old people to the habit of taking medicines to keep their bowels open. This should lead us to treat carefully the constipation,and here opium may perform a double action. stroke due to external violence calls for Arnica. It should be administered after acute symptoms have subsided to promote absorption of the clot, and here the 30th potency has acted very promptly. Dr.Wm.Morris Butler believes that we haves in Arnica30 a sheet anchor for dissolving blood clots in our own hands it has worked most favorably in a number of cases.
Here we have red face, loss of consciousness, convulsive symptoms, dilated pupils, difficult deglutition, involuntary emission of urine, coma and sopor. Hyoscyamus is similar, patients fall suddenly with a shriek and pass into a condition of sopor, with involuntary faeces. Glonoine is indicated buy high arterial tension and co-existing kidney disease. Severe and sudden congestion.
Hartmann claims that this is one of the most important remedies in treating stroke when it occurs suddenly without prodrome; the patient falls suddenly into a comatose state out of which he cannot be aroused; palpitation of heart, cold moist skin, convulsions of the muscles of the face are symptoms which should be present. The ensuing paralyses due to cerebral haemorrhage call for Baryta carbonica as the most useful medicine.