Huntington’s Chorea
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: March 7, 2002

What herbs would you recomend for a person with Huntington’s chorea?

Thomas Bartram, in “Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine” (available at Richters) states that there is no cure for Huntington’s chorea, a hereditary degenerative disease of the brain’s cortex and basal ganglia. He notes that anti-convulsants may reduce contortions and restlessness and recommends Betony, Black Cohosh, German Chamomile, Oats, Passionflower, Sarsaparilla, Skullcap, Valerian and Feverfew. Note that it is necessary to consult with a qualified natural practitioner and the medical doctor in order to determine which herbs can be safely taken with current medication.

Bartram also recommends a lacto-vegetarian diet, yogurt, low-salt, oatmeal porridge, Muesli, regular raw food days and the supplements B-complex, B6, Kelp, Calcium, Magnesium and zinc. These are nourishing to the brain and nervous system.

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