July 13th, 2023 | Rebecca Williams, Editor-in-Chief
Min S., 42, is the perfect example of a loving father who works tirelessly as an engineer to support his family. However, tragedy strikes when he suddenly finds himself in a state of helplessness, unable to move his body or even speak due to a stroke.
Luckily, Min's mother-in-law steps in and does everything she can to help him get better. She met a doctor who comes from a long line of respected doctors in Japan. After that, Min not only regains his former self but also surpasses his previous abilities, earning himself the nickname "The Genius Builder" for his remarkable intelligence and creativity.
But what knowledge did the doctor provide to help Min recover and improve beyond his previous state?
Figure: Brain vessels with aneurysm.
The brain, as the command center of the human body, is a complex organ that relies on a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients. This vital support is provided by a network of blood vessels, including arteries and veins, which ensure adequate blood flow to the brain.
Veins play a crucial role in the brain's circulatory system by carrying oxygen-depleted blood back to the heart. However, under certain circumstances, veins in the brain can rupture, leading to potentially life-threatening consequences.
The rupture of brain veins can be attributed to various neurovascular factors. One significant factor is the weakening of the blood vessel walls. This weakening can result from conditions such as arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), aneurysms, or high blood pressure.
Figure: Blood flow to the brain.
AVMs are abnormal tangles of blood vessels that disrupt the normal flow of blood within the brain. The presence of AVMs can exert excessive pressure on the veins, causing them to weaken and potentially rupture. Similarly, aneurysms, which are localized bulges in arterial walls, can also put pressure on adjacent veins, making them susceptible to rupture.
Furthermore, persistent high blood pressure, or hypertension, can strain the blood vessel walls, including veins. The increased pressure can weaken the structural integrity of the veins, making them prone to rupture.
Statistics indicate that cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT), a condition characterized by vein rupture in the brain, is relatively rare, accounting for approximately 0.5-1% of all strokes. The incidence of CVT varies among different populations, with an estimated annual occurrence of 3-4 cases per 100,000 individuals.
Figure: Image of an lemon balm (Melissa officinalis).
Lemon balm, scientifically known as Melissa officinalis or "remon bāmu" in Japanese, is a herbaceous plant that grows in limited quantities in the mountainous region of Norikura, Japan. It has been found to offer promising benefits for brain health.The chemical compounds within lemon balm, such as rosmarinic acid, citronellal, and eugenol, contribute to its beneficial effects on the brain.
Figure: The part of the brain responsible for smell processing(limbic system).
Rosmarinic acid, a powerful antioxidant in lemon balm, protects brain cells from oxidative stress and inflammation, supporting overall brain health. Citronellal, another compound, has calming properties that help reduce stress and anxiety, positively influencing cognitive function. Eugenol, known for its pleasant aroma, possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, safeguarding brain cells and promoting healthy brain function.
These chemical compounds work synergistically to enhance brain health. Lemon balm's neuroprotective effects, stress reduction properties, and anti-inflammatory actions contribute to improved cognitive function and overall brain well-being.
Ethan A., 15, has been facing significant difficulties as a slow learner in school. Despite repeating the fifth grade for the third time, he continues to struggle academically, which unfortunately makes him a target for bullying by his classmates. Recognizing the impact this has on their son's confidence and overall well-being, Ethan's parents decide it's time to seek professional help. They schedule an appointment with a child psychologist who diagnoses Ethan with Dyslexia. The doctor recommends trying Lemon balm and diffusing it every night before bedtime.
After four days of using the lemon balm, Ethan's parents noticed a positive change in his behavior. He seemed more calm and focused during his homework sessions, allowing him to concentrate for longer periods of time. They also observed that he was less easily distracted and showed increased motivation to complete his assignments.
On the ninth day of using the lemon balm, Ethan's parents were thrilled with the progress they saw in their son. He appeared more engaged and attentive in class, actively participating in discussions and asking questions. His reading skills had shown improvement, as he read with greater fluency and comprehension. Ethan's parents were delighted to see his growing confidence and interesting for learning, as it was a positive indication that the lemon balm was helping him overcome his learning difficulties.
On the fourteenth day of using the lemon balm, Ethan's parents were amazed by the incredible progress he had made. During a meeting with his teachers, they were thrilled to hear that Ethan's improvement was so significant that the school discussed the possibility of moving him to the appropriate grade level. Not only did Ethan's academic performance improve, but his newfound confidence and academic success also had a positive impact on his social interactions. The other students were no longer bullying him. Instead, they were amazed by Ethan's progress and began to admire his achievements.
“I always have hope for my son, but it breaks my heart to see him being bullied at school because he struggles to understand things. So I'm really grateful to his doctor for suggesting Lemon balm. Now, I feel relieved knowing that even when I'm not around anymore, my son will be able to take care of himself.”
-Lucia A., 48, Mother