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Nervous System: Body’s potential to heal itself

Updated on August 4, 2016
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What is a nervous system?

Nervous system is said to be a complex network of nerves and fibres which is responsible for transmitting nerve impulses among different parts of the body. The nerve impulses are majorly generated from spinal cord and brain. It is also responsible for sending the response back to spinal cord and brain.

Nervous system is a collection of:

  1. Central nervous system: It contains spinal cord and brain.
  2. Peripheral nervous system: It contains somantic (deals with sensory information) and autonomic nervous system (regulates functioning of inner organs on which human beings have no control).

Functions of nervous system

  • Controls sensations such as listening, taste, feeling and sight.
  • Monitors voluntary as well as involuntary functions, for example, balance, coordination and movement.
  • Regulates body’s inner activities such as blood pressure and blood flow.
  • Gives the ability for reasoning and thinking.
  • Responsible for mind consciousness and enhancing language, memories and thoughts.

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Disease related to nervous system

  • Aphasia: Mostly caused by stroke (cerebral vascular accident), aphasia is a speech as well as language disorder. In other words, aphasia is responsible for impairments in language and speech modalities. Person suffering from such disease finds difficulty in speaking and hearing.
  • Epilepsy: Epilepsy is made by grouping various neurological diseases that is characterized by epileptic seizures. Epileptic seizures can cause physical injuries such as damage to bones and breaking of them. The disease requires medication to be controlled or if it becomes quite severe, then a surgery is needed to be done.
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA): Most of the times referred as a “mini-stroke”, Transient Ischemic Attack is known to be a transient episode of neurological disorder caused by slow transmission of blood or loss of blood flow. It causes vision problems and difficulty in speaking. It can be treated by surgery, medication or adopting a healthy lifestyle.
  • Cerebrovascular accident (CVA): Cerebrovascular accident is another name for stroke or brain attack. It generally occurs when blood flow becomes so poor that it causes death of many blood cells. This disease may even result into paralysis as well as difficulty in doing activities such as talking, understanding, listening and walking. It is tough to cure this disease if person is infected with it for a long time, but early treatment using medications can reduce brain damage.
  • Parkinson’s disease: Parkinson’s disease is a malfunctioning of central nervous system causing tremors and muscles rigidity. It is also termed as a neurodegenerative brain disorder that makes face to show no expression in its early stage. Medications are needed to control this disease.
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS): Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis breaks down nerve cells system and weakens muscles, also impacting body physical function. There’s no cure for this disease but medication and therapy can reduce the effect.
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS): Multiple sclerosis deeply affects brain and spinal cord. It is responsible for impaired coordination and weak immune system. Alike ALS, there is no cure for this disease though medications and physical therapy slow down its progression.
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage: Subarachnoid hemorrhage is an extreme bleeding in the subarachnoid space that lies between the brain and a thin tissue. More specifically, subarachnoid space is the area between the pia mater and arachnoid membrane that surrounds the brain. The disease can give a person the worst headache ever like migraine. It can be slowed down by surgery and medication.
  • Encephalitis: Encephalitis is a bacterial or viral infection that can cause inflammation of the brain. It occurs due to weak immune system and can cause seizures, dizziness and confusion. Medications can cure this infection.
  • Huntington’s disease: Huntington’s disease generally occurs in people who are in their 30s or 40s. It leads to nerve cells break down causing less body movements and psychiatric symptoms. No cure exists for this disease but few drugs and therapy can reduce some symptoms.
  • Meningitis: Meningitis is caused due to viral infection that results in inflammation of spinal cord and brain membranes. It requires medical diagnosis and can be cured within days or few weeks. It generally spreads due to airborne droplets.
  • Alzheimer’s disease: Alzheimer’s disease is a kind of mental disorder that results into memory loss and confusion. It requires medical diagnosis. There is no effective treatment present in the market yet, to cure the disease. It is said that the disease may last for years or can be lifelong.

Various new researches have been conducted to find an effective cure for Alzheimer's disease.To know about them, read Cure to Alzheimer’s disease: A research revealed a promising new drug and Resveratrol: A new element for building immunity to fight against Alzheimer’s disease

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Disease causing factors

  • Nutritional deficiencies such as vitamin and magnesium
  • Electrolyte issues
  • Under active or overactive thyroid
  • Respiratory failure
  • Loss of blood flow
  • Slow blood supply
  • Mental disorders, to know more about mental disorders, read Boost your memory and stay away from the mentioned problems
  • Exposure to toxins such as carbon monoxide
  • High or low blood sugar
  • Mosquitoes and insects
  • High or low blood pressure

Symptoms

  • Difficulty in walking, speaking and hearing
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Severe headache such as migraine
  • Confusion
  • Lack of consciousness
  • Loss of vision
  • Inflammation of brain cells


Home remedies to improve nervous system functioning

  • Do yoga and meditation regularly early in the morning.
  • Expose yourself to sunlight atleast for half an hour.
  • Walk barefoot.
  • Take deep breaths time to time.
  • Eat magnesium rich foods such as dark chocolate, spinach and almonds.
  • Intake omega-3 fatty acids found in flax seeds, walnuts and salmon.
  • Drink chamomile.
  • Drink green tea 3-4 times a week.
  • Exercise daily especially breathing exercises.
  • Take Epsom salt bath.
  • Eat baker’s yeast.
  • Eat oatmeal regularly in breakfast.
  • Eat bee pollen.
  • Eat herbs such as ashwagandha (winter cherry) and ginseng during winter season.
  • Maintain balanced diet
  • Regularly eat gooseberry marmalade
  • Eat 10 blanched almonds every day in the morning
  • Massage your head with sesame, coconut or corn oil
  • Regularly eat mixture of raw or cooked onions and celery
  • Drink fresh orange juice
  • Eat foods rich in vitamin B and D

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