Can supplements aid in stroke recovery?

A fellow caregiver asked...

I'm a 40 year old and I suffered a hemorrhagic stroke on March 21, 2008. I was wanting to know if someone has some ideas on a supplement that can help in the recovery process. I am partially paralysed on the right side of my body. I hope to get some responses. Thank You.

Expert Answer

James Castle, M.D. is a neurologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem (affiliated with The University of Chicago) and an expert on strokes.

Unfortunately, there is no "magic bullet" for stroke recovery. The best, and most widely used, method for recovering from a stroke is aggressive physical and occupational therapy. If possible, try to go for three hours a day of therapy. If your insurance company does not pay for that much, ask your therapist if they can teach you some exercises to do at home to help with the recovery process.

If this is not working for you, or you want to try other techniques, I would recommend one of the following: 1) Seeing an alternative medicine specialist - one who specializes in accupuncture and herbal remedies for nerve regrowth. I have talked to several patients who think that standard therapy did not help much, but that accupuncture and herbal remedies helped to "re-awaken" the nerve connections. 2) Seek a consultation with a Physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabiliation) Doctor at a nearby university. There are several trials using stimulation devices for stroke victims. They may be aware of therapies that you haven't been using, or of some clinical trials in your area that could provide some help.