Narcolepsy Herbal Remedies and Supplements
As always, get your doctor’s OK before taking any herbs, supplements and when changing your diet.
- Gotu kola and St. John’s wort boost energy levels amd possess antioxidant properties as well.
- Gingko Biloba improves circulation to the brain and is powerful antioxidant for protecting cells.
Narcolepsy Diet and Dietary Supplements
- Eat a low-fat diet high in cleansing foods such as leafy green vegetables and sea vegetables. Also eat foods high in B vitamin, such as Brewer’s yeast and brown rice.
- Eat foods high in protein (meats, poultry, cheese, nuts, seeds, and soy products) in the middle of the day, and save the complex carbohydrates (fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, natural whole grains, and pasta) for evening meal. High protein foods increase alertness, whereas carbohydrates have a calming effect and can promote sleepiness.
- Include in the diet foods rich in the amino acid tyrosine. Good choices include eggs, oats, poultry, and wheat germ.
Caution: If you are taking a Monoamine Oxidase (MAO) inhibitor drug, avoid foods containing tyrosine, as drug and dietary interactions can cause a sudden, dangerous rise in blood pressure. Discuss food and medicine limitations thoroughly with your health care provider or qualified dietitian.
- Avoid alcohol, and sugar. They may seem stimulating initially, but will only make you tired later.
- Search out your allergenic foods. There have been documented cases in which persons who suffered from narcolepsy were cured by eliminating allergenic foods from the diet.
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Richard Wilkinson, MD, of the Yakima Allergy Clinic in Yakima, Washington, recalls a patient—a high school principal—suffering from narcolepsy. The onset of narcolepsy in meetings with teachers and students caused him great embarrassment, so he sought the help of Dr. Wilkinson who prescribed a single-food diet (eating only one food per meal) as a diagnostic measure.
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Source: Phyllis A. Balch, CNC; Prescription for Nutritional Healing, p. 590