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Concussion

General characteristics

General characteristics

The word concussion derives from the Latin for 'shaking' or 'striking together' and describes an injury to the brain as the result of a bang to the head. Concussion results in a usually temporary paralysis of brain function caused by the trauma of the brain bumping around in the skull.
The initial trauma of the concussion is not always serious in itself but the person should be watched closely for signs of complications that may develop as a result of internal bleeding or serious damage such as seizures, rises in pressure in the skull cavity and, in worse case scenarios, brain damage. These signs include being very confused, vomiting repeatedly, severe headache, shallow breathing and weak pulse and losing consciousness for prolonged periods.
With a mild concussion the person may or may not lose consciousness but will probably have a  mild headache, blurred vision, dizziness, shakiness, nausea, vomiting or confusion.

Diet and lifestyle

Diet and lifestyle

Anti-oxidants have been shown to help prevent free radical damage and prevent dangerous inflammation of the brain. Include plenty of vegetable or fruit juices containing anti-oxidant rich foods such as berries etc.

Foods rich in B vitamins will also help the healing process.

Avoid alcohol.

Drink plenty of fluids.


Useful herbs

Useful herbs

Take homoeopathic arnica tablets for the initial impact.
Rescue remedy will help to calm and de-stress the person.
Make a formula of equal parts st johns wort, oats, ginkgo, skullcap and gotu kola tinctures with a few drops of cayenne tincture added. These brain herbs will ease inflammation, calm and relax the system and improve blood flow to the brain. Use a teaspoon in water 3 times daily.
Drink 3 cups daily of equal parts wood betonychamomile, yarrow and lemon balm tea for their relaxing, pain relieving, bruise healing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Natural healing

Natural healing

Apply an ice pack to the head to relieve the inflammation.
Get plenty of rest and relaxation keep the lights low and keep the head flat on the bed with no pillow.
Avoid inhaling harmful chemicals, household cleaners, petrol, pesticides etc as these can aggravate the condition.

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