Rehabilitation of nerve endings, circulatory support and easing of muscle tension to relieve tense and taut muscles and connective tissue – that’s what this herbal treatment of Guillain Barre Syndrome is all about.
I see the cause of this condition as a sort of tightening in, or withdrawing of the body’s energy into the torso. It is similar in many ways to a pregnant woman’s having much of her blood circulating around the abdomen leaving the limbs and periphery just slightly under-supplied, or supplied erratically, resulting in pins and needles, cramps, twitching and so on. In the case of Guillain Barre Syndrome, the body after a certain amount of time going through lessened and erratic blood supply to the periphery begins to consider the limbs not even the same body and starts off immune system processes that are designed to get rid of unnecessary appendages.
This herbal treatment usually contains the following herbs:
Mistletoe, Saw Palmetto, Equisetum, Horse Chestnut, Houseleek, Tiger Lily, Cascara, Witch Hazel and Passionflower
Mistletoe is in this treatment for its ability to vitalize blood circulation by supporting the body in balancing temperature. Not always is blood circulation compromised by a general lack of vitality. And people with Guillain Barre Syndrome aren’t usually low on energy, more often they have surges they can’t deal with. So we bring in Mistletoe because it repairs the ability of the body to maintain a stable body temperature, which in turn maintains stable and thorough blood circulation. It works slowly over a period of time, but it changes the homeostasis of the body surely.
Saw Palmetto is in this treatment because of its ability to repair nerve endings on muscles. It actually has the nutrition to do this. This means, those nerve endings which are imbalanced and sending the pins and needles signals and causing twitching are going to find themselves better equipped to deal with what’s happening, and start relaxing a bit. Muscles and nerves everywhere are going to do a better job with Saw Palmetto in the picture.
Equisetum or Horsetail has the ability to cushion the nerves and cells everywhere from surges and drains in electricity and blood supply. Like Saw Palmetto it’s got good solid nutrition for depleted areas and makes it easier for communication to happen within the body so no part of the body need go into panic or stress mode. It has a gentle stimulating healing effect on nerve endings, just enough to get weak areas healing without being over-stimulated.
Horse Chestnut supports the capillary system in particular among other many good things it does. Those very tiny blood vessels that finally end in tissue – those are capillaries. Horse Chestnut helps them do their work making circulation a whole lot better, the metabolic waste of cell function easier to clear out and therefore any swelling and effects of poor circulation are lessened drastically. Horse Chestnut also has a calming effect on the water management of the body so it helps manage any fluid retention issues. This powerful plant is also excellent nutrition for recovery from nerve problems caused by long term stress.
Houseleek is a wonderful vital energizer that won’t push the body into any extreme – just warm and strengthening and reviving of areas long starved. It has the nutrition required to help nerves better manage surges of heat. Over time houseleek rehabilitates the body’s ability to connect up and stay connected as it supports all the connective functions. This is very important to get the body to stop treating the limbs like they don’t belong.
Tiger Lily is in a very small dose in this treatment because it repairs the nerve endings in and around the abdomen area. Very often one cause for the Guillain Barre symptoms is damage to nerve endings around the lower spine and abdomen. This damage compromises blood supply and nerve function to the legs increasing the discomfort and preventing healing and balance. Repairing nerve endings here is a critically important thing to do if healing has to be permanent.
Cascara Sagrada is support for the digestive system and because of it for proper stable blood circulation everywhere. It is isn’t really possible to have stable circulation if a big part of the body’s energy and blood is centered around the digestive system struggling meal after meal to process food. If this isn’t the cause of Guillain Barre Syndrome in the first place, it definitely makes everything worse, so Cascara is a big part of this healing approach.
Witch Hazel is an aid to decongestion of the pelvic area and a support to blood circulation overall. It reduces tension between nerve endings and tissue, making healing and better communication possible everywhere. It has a calming effect on stressed areas so it lessens any soreness, pain and ache and everything feels much better very quick.
Passionflower is a tonic for the nervous system, also calming and soothing. De-stressing the nervous system is a big portion of the problem solved because the body will balance things out on its own if we support it with rest whether waking or sleeping.