and Complementary Medicine for Stroke
Researchers have discovered that compounds in spider venom may be useful in limiting stroke damage. A spider paralyzes its prey by injecting substances that block the action of a chemical called glutamate, which controls muscle movement in insects. Glutamate also exists in the human brain, serving as an important neurotransmitter when it is present in the right quantities. After a stroke, however, damaged neurons release glutamate in such large amounts that it kills
the surrounding cells.
This is what the researchers postulate: If the venom compounds manufactured by the spider can halt the workings of glutamate in insect prey, perhaps a version of those same compounds can also limit the cascading neuronal death that occurs during stroke in a human.
See Also: Snake Venom Remedy for Stroke
remedies are not meant to be used as a treatment for stroke. If you suspect a
stroke, seek emergency medical treatment immediately. Time is of
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