We would also suggest the following supplements:
Omega 3 fatty acids: Essential for brain development and maintenance. Can be found in fish oil or flaxseed supplements. Helps improve cognitive function. Also helps with joint and bone health.
Calcium and Vit D: Can make a huge difference in bone health. Many children suffering from this don’t eat properly and tend to suffer from malnutrition. This leads to weak bones, susceptible to fractures. Vit D helps the body absorb calcium, which is essential for bone health. Nervous tissues use energy from calcium to stimulate nerve impulses and regulate contraction of the muscles, so the mineral is essential for bone health as well as movement.
Magnesium: Over 75% of Cerebral Palsy patients experience spasticity, which is when the muscles continuously contract, making it difficult for them to move or eat properly. Magnesium relaxes the muscle and helps promote nerve function. It will help with spasticity and range of movement. It will also help with gastroesophageal reflux and other digestive problems. It is used in many heartburns, laxative and stomach medications to relieve constipation, relax the digestive muscles and neutralise the stomach acid. It is also essential for bone health and preventing osteoporosis.
Vit C: A potent antioxidant which helps combat free radicals and prevent oxidative stress, which can cause or worsen depression and memory loss. It improves focus and memory via a neurotransmitter. It contributes to bone health as well due to its involvement in gene regulation that influences bone development.
Zinc: Plays a huge role in brain activities like learning, mood and memory. It promotes communication between neurons and regulates neurotransmitter activity. Children with Cerebral Palsy are prone to learning difficulties and mood swings. Be sure to check their zinc levels.
Probiotics: Can help increase healthy bacteria in the gut and promote digestive health. The brain and the gut are connected through biochemical signalling. This is why your stomach churns when you are anxious. (Your stomach gets into a “knot”). Good bacteria levels in the gut allow for the production of neurotransmitters that can improve mood and brain function. 99 per cent of serotonin (our feel-good chemical) is made in the gut.
Vit B12: A deficiency is directly linked to memory loss, depression, weak muscles, and irritability and digestive issues. All quite common with Cerebral Palsy. It keeps nerve cells healthy by helping to form the protective sheath of the cell. It also promotes neurotransmitter signalling to help regulate mood, stress response and prevent memory loss.
– Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
We would also suggest the following herbs:
Echinacea: Promotes effective blood circulation throughout the body. It also initiates better neural communication. This will help soothe spastic muscles with improved communication and enhanced blood flow.
Astragalus root: Has positive effects on behaviour, motor skills, social skills and daily skills in children. It is mild tasting.
Ginger: A circulatory herb that promotes blood flow throughout the body. It’s also noted to improve oxygen levels in the brain cells which will thereby improve neural communication. It is preferable to use as a cooking spice but if the taste can’t be tolerated, it comes in capsule form.
– Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
We would also suggest the following treatment:
Acupuncture: Working with fine needles placed into the strategic area of the body to unblock energy pathways. It works wonders for inflammation and promotes sufficient blood flow. Some benefits include improved use of muscles and improved muscle development, pain relief and help with the restructuring of different parts of the brain. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021
Can assist with the following:
- Reduces anxiety and stress
- Helps fight depression
- Boosts fertility and testosterone in men
- Boosts brain function
1-2 Capsules per day or as recommended by your health care practitioner
Not to be taken in conjunction with antidepressants and anti-psychotics
- Upset stomach
Hemp Seed Oil – Capsules
* Keep refrigerated
Hemp seed typically contains over 30% oil and about 25% protein, with considerable amounts of vitamins and minerals. Hemp seed oil is over 80% in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and is an exceptionally rich source of the two essential fatty acids (Omega 3&6) in the correct balance, which is considered to be optimal for human health. Both of these high-quality storage proteins are easily digested and contain nutritionally significant amounts of all essential amino acids. Hemp seed has been used to treat various disorders for thousands of years in traditional oriental medicine. Recent clinical trials have identified hemp seed oil as a functional food, and animal feeding studies demonstrate the long-standing utility of hemp seed as an important food resource.
- Hemp seed is full of immune-boosting fatty acids which can also help to improve symptoms of mood-related disorders
- It offers support for vital brain health
- It provides the body with a good source of protein, supports muscle and joints
- Hemp Seed Oil
- Veggie Cap
1 to 2 capsules a day
In high doses can cause drowsiness and headaches
We would suggest the following:
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Ginger Essential Oil
- Frankincense Essential Oil
Massage – Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. (This dosage gets halved again if it is for a child). In this case, you will add 5 drops of Lavender, 2 drops of Frankincense, 1 drop of Peppermint and 2 drops of Ginger. Rub the mixture over the body, especially shoulders and chest, and along the spine, as required. Especially effective after a bath.
Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:
- Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential Oils into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 3 drops of Lavender, 1 drop of Frankincense and 1 drop of Ginger or Peppermint. Add Epsom salts.
- Or simply add 5ml of your massage blend.
Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes.
** A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **
If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin. If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.
** Oils are for external use only and must be blended with a carrier oil. Always avoid the eyes, ears and nose **
** Lavender is the safest of oils, if on a rare occasion you react, apply more base oil to the skin to soothe it and dilute the massage blend with more base oil **
** Ginger – Use low doses, a strong, warming oil. Avoid during pregnancy, HBP, Heart conditions, Cancer, Diabetes, Liver damage, Skin disorders/sensitivity. No sun direct sun exposure to any skin applications for 24hours **
** Peppermint – Avoid use during pregnancy/lactating, or if on homoeopathic remedies. Avoid use in children under 5. Use low doses, it’s a very cooling oil and strong. May irritate the skin. It is a stimulant, so do not add to the bath before bed. Safe all around for inhaling **
** Frankincense – Avoid use during pregnancy/lactating, if any bleeding disorders or on anticoagulants. Avoid with children below 5 and caution below 8 **