Neurologic diseases are disorders of the nervous system, which consists of the brain, spinal cord, sensory organs and nerves. Together they control the body’s functions. When something goes wrong with our nervous system, we can have trouble moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing or learning. Our memory, senses or mood can also be affected. Some cells of the nervous system almost never reproduce. Thus once damaged, they rarely regenerate and restore their functionality.
There are more than 600 neurological diseases, such as: degenerative diseases, in which nerve cells are damaged or die; stroke, where diseases of the blood vessels may block blood flow to the brain; epilepsy, in which abnormal electrical discharges from the brain cells cause seizures; and migraine that may be triggered by many factors, including changes to the interactions between the brainstem and the trigeminal nerve or brain chemicals imbalances that regulate pain in the nervous system (eg lower serotine levels).
A growing number of studies show that a wide range of natural health products may favorably affect numerous neurological disorders.