Energy Healing for Concussions and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
In a November 2012 article in the Chicago Tribune entitled 'Concussions: What happens and how the brain heals; collision causes chemical imbalance in cells, hampers healing time' author John Keilman explores what happens to the brain when a concussion occurs.
"When an athlete takes a head-snapping blow and gets a concussion like Bears quarterback Jay Cutler did Sunday, here's what scientists say goes on within the cells of the brain:
"The violent force causes neurotransmitters to go haywire, creating a chemical imbalance that makes it more difficult for the brain to function properly, let alone summon the energy required to repair itself.
[It's interesting that the author words the problem as a lack of energy in the brain which is required for proper healing. A similar description would be provided by an energy healing practitioner; basically the concussion caused a decrease in the flow of energy in the brain.]
"Until the cells can return to equilibrium — a process that can take anywhere from a week to several months — the athlete remains susceptible to possibly catastrophic damage.
"The biochemical fallout of a concussion is the subject of intense research, but for all the advances, much about the injury remains a bit of a guessing game; there still is no test that can determine without question whether someone has suffered a concussion, and whether he is fit to return to the field."
Concussions: A Lack of Energy in the Brain at the Cellular Level
The article goes on to describe the effects of a concussion on the cellular level as follows:
"David Hovda, director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, said that at the cellular level, a concussion sparks a biochemical "energy crisis" that begins when the brain, traumatized by a collision, causes its cells to leak potassium and absorb calcium.
[It's fascinating that the director of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center words the problem as an "energy crisis". Again, an energy healing practitioner would provide a similar energetic description of the problem. The solution is obviously to increase the flow of energy in the brain to increase healing.]
"Excess calcium gums up the mitochondria — mini-power plants that create energy for the cells. That's a problem because the cells need extra energy to reclaim the potassium they lost.
[Potassium and calcium are electrolytes. Wikipedia defines an electrolyte as follows: "An electrolyte is a liquid or gel that contains ions and can be decomposed by electrolysis, e.g., that present in a battery." According to BrainHealthAndPuzzles.com "There are about 100 billion neurons in the human brain, the same number of stars in our galaxy. Your brain is about 2% of your total body weight but uses 20% of your body's energy. The energy used by the brain is enough to light a 25 watt bulb. More electrical impulses are generated in one day by a single human brain than by all the telephones in the world." The brain is obviously an energetic organ.]
"That energy loss shows itself in the concussion's symptoms, from headaches to nausea to dizzy spells."
Dementia Pugilistica: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
The article then explains concussion recovery time and its implications on brain health as follows:
"Hovda said most people's brains need one to two weeks to recover from a concussion, though a "miserable minority" can take months. The reason for that isn't clear, he said, but brains that have not healed completely are liable to be damaged further with repeated concussions, worsening the cellular energy crisis.
"If enough calcium comes in, it overrides the cell's ability to get rid of it, and the cell decides it's time to die," Hovda said.
"That ends up producing literal holes in the brain, he said, and the organ atrophies and shrinks. An athlete can then suffer symptoms of dementia that are found in "punch drunk" boxers, he said."
Boxing is also known as pugilism. Dementia pugilistica is a variant of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE is what football players suffering from multiple concussions have been diagnosed with after their tragic deaths.
According to Wikipedia "Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a form of encephalopathy that is a progressive degenerative disease, usually diagnosed postmortem in individuals with a history of multiple concussions and other forms of head injury. Individuals with CTE may show symptoms of dementia, such as memory loss, aggression, confusion and depression, which may appear within months of the trauma or many decades later."
Energy Healing: Increasing Energy Flow in the Brain and Treating Symptoms of CTE
So how can energy healing be used to treat individuals who have suffered a concussion or are currently suffering from symptoms of CTE?
Certain energy healing techniques can be used to both (a) increase the flow of energy in the brain and (b) increase the amount of energy in the brain. This should speed the rate of healing in the brain.
Much research has already been done in the area of energy healing related to dementia, brain-related disorders, and the brain. The following is a quick "Top 10" listing of a few articles found on PubMed that pertain to this subject (qigong, therapeutic touch, reiki, and healing touch are all energy healing modalities):
- Therapeutic touch for demented patients with pain. Healing with the hands
- The effect of therapeutic touch on behavioral symptoms and cortisol in persons with dementia
- Effects of Reiki on pain and anxiety in the elderly diagnosed with dementia: a series of case reports
- Therapeutic touch and agitation in individuals with Alzheimer's disease
- Therapeutic touch and dementia care: an ongoing journey
- Using Reiki to decrease memory and behavior problems in mild cognitive impairment and mild Alzheimer's disease
- Pilot study to test the effectiveness of Healing Touch on agitation in people with dementia
- The effect of therapeutic touch on behavioral symptoms of persons with dementia
- The effect of therapeutic touch on agitated behavior and cortisol in persons with Alzheimer's disease
- Therapeutic touch in dementia care
The Chicago Tribune article concluded with the following statements:
"The brain is an infinitely complex organ, and at the end of the day, we're talking about cellular issues," said Collins, who is not involved in Cutler's care. "If you ask if (a biochemical test) is on the horizon, I'd say no."
"Researchers, though, are forging away on that front. Dr. Kevin Crutchfield, a Baltimore stroke neurologist who works with pro teams and directs the Comprehensive Sports Concussion Program at the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain and Spine Institute at LifeBridge Health, said many new things are in the pipeline.
"There are new products being developed that look at brain waves, cerebral blood flow dynamics, serum markers, eye function and pupil function," he said."
And there are old products as well. Energy healing is one of them.