Natural Healing Group

This group is focused on ways to help your Chiari Malformation naturally. It will present different natural remedies, diet and treatments. The goals of the group are data collection, research, surveys, compilation of data and self-initiated study about natural healing. 


As always, we recommend that you follow the treatment recommendations of your doctor.  But if you have found natural remedies that offer relief for your symptoms, you are welcome to discuss them here.

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Healing with food choices

Started by Emmaline. Last reply by Patchoulimama Nov 3, 2013. 4 Replies

Inflammation is running rampant these days with our diets in crisis. People with chronic illnesses have even more issues with inflammation. It causes pain primarily, and it complicates our illnesses. Processed foods have taken over our diets with our time starved schedules. And honestly, what tastes better and is cheaper than a Burger King or McDonald's value meal!Dr Weil has been a leader in the anti inflammatory diet...Some do very well with these choices, which is basically eliminating processed food from our diet. others further restriction from wheat or gluten containing foods...People with chronic illness have shown to be gluten intolerant despite testing negative for Celiac disease. then there is people with needs of further restricting carbohydrates for glycemic reasons (diabetes) or need to eliminate grains all together. has changing your diet made a difference?Continue

Turmeric for Depression and Pain

Started by wendy. Last reply by Anglyn Aug 7, 2013. 1 Reply

I came across this article about the effectiveness of Tumeric on depression and I thought it might be worth a try. I haven't tried it yet but I may.It's also suppose to help some people with pain. Study: Turmeric more Effective than Prozac at Treating  DepressionRead more: Herbs for Natural Pain Relief Can Turmeric Relieve Pain? One Doctor's Opinion,8599,1910028,00.html Web MD Turmeric Infomation I also researched a few good quality Turmeric Suppliment   NutriGold Turmeric.... It's expensive but Amazon gives a discount Also Now Foods is a good company…Continue

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Magnesium for health

Started by Emmaline. Last reply by Anglyn Mar 20, 2013. 3 Replies

Magnesium deficiency is wide spread with stress, drugs that we take, and our diets. A lack of magnesium for anyone isn't good, but for the chronically ill it can make us feel much worse. Muscle cramps, constipation, and depression are some of the main problems. I take magnesium citrate in capsule form daily, for me 1000mg. Currently I take Nexium, which can really deplete your magnesium stores so my dose is much higher than most could tolerate. The rule of thumb is to start out with a 200mg dose and increase it to bowel tolerance. If the stool becomes loose, cut back on the dose a bit.Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer, so if your neck and shoulders are tight after surgery it will relieve some of that tightness. Or if you suffer from leg cramps, it's a must!Some people have trouble taking pills or capsules (I find capsules are much easier, and have less ingredients in them) so I have found an alternative. Magnesium oil. Magnesium oil is not an actual oil, but magnesium chloride in salt form that has been dissolved in distilled water. It feels kind of oily when it hits your skin, and a tingly feeling comes right after. Here is a great article on how to make your own: this out on your skin to see if you can tolerate it. I apply it after my shower, then rub in coconut oil right after. If my neck hurts, or I have muscle soreness, I spray right on those areas. Give it a try!Continue

Tags: constipation, depression, cramps, Muscle

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Essential Oils

Started by Emmaline. Last reply by Emmaline Dec 21, 2012. 2 Replies

Let's talk essential oils...Essential oils are the pure form of oils distilled from mostly plants and herbs. They have a powerful effect on health through aromatherapy, as well as topical use. Some can be irritating to the skin and need to be cut by adding it to a carrier oil. Some carrier oils can be almond, jojoba, olive, apricot seed, and other oils. You need the pure essential oil for health benefits, nothing synthetic which can be harmful.Here is a list of oils and there therapeutic benefits... of my favorites are...Lavender, Sandalwood, Patchouli, and Vanilla. Tea Tree is a great medicinal oil used for so many thing! Go to a health food store to smell for your self. A scent that appeals to you will be good for you.Lavender is a great oil for so many uses. I've made bath salts with it for a relaxing bath using Epsom salts as the base, but you can use sea salt or regular salt. Here are some recipes... some other uses... should get you started. Any uses that you have found that works for you?Continue

Occipital Neuralgia - Homeopathic Help

Started by wendy. Last reply by TracyZ Nov 21, 2012. 4 Replies

 I was doing some research for Gunna and I found what looks to be a great remedy for Neuralgia pain.Here is what I found.Occipital Neuralgia is listed as a related condition to Chiari. Here's the description. looked up Homeopathy for Occipital Neuralgia  and came across this discussion group that  talks about a Neuralgia remedy by HeelHere is the Discussion mention Heel is a great Homeopathic company. Homeopathy works by prompting your body to heal it's self. The remedies are safe. Don't have any drug interactions and no side effects. They can really be a miracle when you find the right one or combination. You take them sublingually and if you have the right one you feel it's effects right away. It may be subtle at first but it should lessen the effects of the condition and in some cases heal it completely The other plus is that the remedies are inexpensive. I found out that it's available at Amazon for $11.41 (plus shipping) for 100 tablets. It may or may not work but I think there is a pretty good chance it will help if you decide to try it. Arnica Cream rubbed on the neck and scalp might…Continue

Natural Homeopathic Flu Defense

Started by wendy Nov 12, 2012. 0 Replies

The latest formulation for the 2012-2013 Influenzinum  9C with the 3 latest strains of the flu virus is now  available.  It is a once a week remedy for 4 weeks and the last dose you take 4 weeks later to fortify you against getting the flu. It works like the flu shot with no negative side effects. It's $28.95 from this very reputable web site.There is also a remdy that you can get at CVS and most other drug stores and health food stores. It's called Oscillococcinum. It great to also take around flu season or if someone close to you has the flu. If you get the flu it helps lessen the severity of the symptoms and the duration of the flu. It's great to have on hand in your medicine closet ready to go. There also is a link to it on the page.Here is the link

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Headache Help

Started by Emmaline. Last reply by TracyZ Nov 10, 2012. 9 Replies

A question was put out there...what do you use for your headaches? Be specific, if it's for migraines or if it's for Chiari headaches.Mine aren't bad, I must say, so when I feel a migraine coming on I pop in a homeopathic Migraine tab under my tongue.My Chiari headaches I haven't found anything other Arnica tabs. I'll start with those and if I have to graduate to Aleve I will. That doesn't really qualify for natural healing tho. =)Anyone else find any natural healing ways with their headaches?Continue

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Comment by Diane on June 1, 2014 at 9:33am
I've been recently diagnosed with chiari 10mm herniation with mostly headaches, TIA, numbness, sometimes ataxia, terrible random hypoglycemia, hypothyroid, etc. My neurosurgeon at Vanderbilt is great and does a decompression I've never heard of- drilling 2 small holes to remove skull pieces. But, she knows I'll do anything before surgery. She sent me to my 3rd-her neurologist who did put me on tons of meds, and I did keep topamax because my headaches lessened so much. But, I've used oils; I'm doing PT in the pool and out now; there's a vitamin herb mix I'm using; juicing helps headaches some but blood sugar drops after. Some parts of yoga help headaches. Going for iridologist reading next week.
Has anyone tried reiki? What else works?
Comment by Drealynn on April 29, 2014 at 9:30am

I love seeing this group here! I am a holistic health coach and community health educator. My 17 year old son was diagnosed at 15 and has had surgery. He seems to be feeling better but still struggles with a few complications and we are not sure if it is chiari related. We try to focus on the healthiest lifestyle possible but he has so many food aversions. Do any of you or your children with chiari struggle with food aversions?  I know first hand that food and gut are connected and people feel better with a clean diet but sometimes getting him (now 17) on board is a challenge. I do use essential oils with him too I use balance, focus, and peppermint oil.  Right now he is focusing on getting exercise, drinking water, and getting his fruits and veggies. I wish I would have known then what I know now when he was young. For tips and clean recipes, follow me on

Comment by wendy on July 22, 2013 at 11:36pm


     If you are interested in trying it homeopathy can help with headaches. It has no negative side effects or drug interactions. It just sometimes is a trial and error situation. There are quite a few mixed remedies for headaches and migranes. I will list them for you. many have similiar mixes but none are completely the same mix. It may take trying a few to find one that hopefuly helps you. they are all acvailable onlina and are relatively inexpensive. If you have a Whole Foods near you they give you a full refund on anything if you save your receipt so it's a good way of trying one or a few depending on what they have available. Many drug stores like CVS and Walgreens are starting to carry homeopathic products but I am not sure if they carry the headache ones.

Hylands Migraine


King Bio Migraine Relief or Headache Relief


NatroBio Migraine

Source Naturals Migraine Blocker


I also found a product that has esential oils in it and you put it on your temples. I have never tried it but it has great reviews.

Headache Zapper

I hope you find relief. If you want to try the homeopathic remedies I would start with the Hylands Migraine or the Sorce Naturals. They all have the list of remedies on the back. You can keep track and if one doesn't work try another mix. They will all have overlapping remedies that's okay.

If you ever need help just let me know..............Wendy

Comment by Furie18 on July 22, 2013 at 9:00pm

Awesome, I will do that Sunshine! Thanks! I will try to get both and see what happens with them.


Comment by sunshine99 on July 21, 2013 at 10:25pm
I have tried both butterbur and feverfew. I've had success with my headaches with both of them. I had better results with the butterbur, but it's a little harder to find. I'm a firm believer of not taking synthetic drugs unless absolutely necessary. give either one a try!
Comment by Furie18 on July 21, 2013 at 8:13pm

I have a question for everyone in here. I tried doing this on my tablet but my post disappeared. My neurologist just changed my meds and i had a question about it. On my tablet i have an app that lets me ask a question and doctors from all across the country can answer. Well one of them responded with an alternative option. to start, my doctor took me off the Amitryptaline because it was loosing its effectiveness, and then Topamax was tried (i had a reaction to that). Now i am on Celexa. Well this confused the one doctor who suggested alternative treatment because it is usually used for headaches as a result of anxiety or depression, which i dont' have. Anyway, here are teh alternatives he suggested tha ti am thinking about. If any of you have used them, i would like to know if they worked and  how they worked, any side effects, etc.

Co Q 10




He did list Botox, Acupunture (both of which i refuse to try) and Riboflavin and Magnesium ( already saw some posts about these other two).

I would greatly appreciate any feedback you guys may have on the ones i have listed up top. thanks!


Comment by wendy on January 4, 2013 at 2:02am


     Stress can cause break outs. The things that I know that help is Evening Primrose oil 500mg taken everyday to help with hormones, zinc and probiotics. If she is going to take an antibiotic than she really needs probiotics. The antibiotics kill off good and bad bacteria.

The best are a mix my doctor said Jarrow-Dophilus is the best. It's shelf stable and you only need 1 or 2 a day. @ while taking antibiotics and watch sugar intake so a yeast infection doesn't develope.

Also Argon Oil is amazing! It helps clear skin and makes your face so soft. My moms been using it for a year and threw away all her expensive creams and people comment on how good she looks. I recomended it to Abby. Most health food stores carry it but it comes in different qualities. It should be cold pressed and smell it. It should smell like licorice. Sometimes when you first put it on it makes your skin a little red, That goes away in a few minutes. I get mine on Amazon This is the one I use.

For break outs I swear by Prid salve. They may have it on Amazon too.


And of course Homeopathy Hyland's Clear Ac

While she's breaking out limit or eliminate dairy.


I hope some of this helps. It's an awful feeling having acne. I had it as a kid and I have kept my daughters skin clear. She doesn't appreciate how much pain and discomfort it's saving her but Oh Well. : )

Comment by lori on December 2, 2012 at 4:19pm






Comment by Jojo on November 16, 2012 at 5:43pm

Thank you so much for inviting me to this group, I am very excited about trying some of these things. I think it's a great idea!

Comment by gunna2gtthr12 on November 15, 2012 at 4:33am

Hey everyone! Thanks for inviting me, Tracy!  I have some reading to catch up on here since i have just now joined.

Tracy, I met Dr. Weil several years ago...incredible man and I hope, hope, hope he can help you...I will be keeping my fingers and toes crossed as the time grows nearer to see him.

And guys, can you read the post I just put on the general board about my nerve pain.  I have joked that it is about to send me hurling through a plate glass window because it is so bad.  I am not a drama queen, but this just busts my chops it is so BAD. 

I have my second acupuncture appt on Friday.  i want to stop taking this neurontin, but I think it is helping some and I don't know if I can handle much more pain, numbness, and shockwaves, so I haven't gone off of it yet. discouraging since i feel so good otherwise.  If I could just remove my head, I would feel fine   :-)



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