Chronic cerebro-spinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) can cause Lyme disease headaches, brain fog and neck pain
Improve your brain circulation to lessen neurological Lyme disease symptoms
I was first exposed to LLMD Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt by Yolanda Hadid's book, Believe Me. He was the doctor who encouraged Yolanda Hadid to remove her silver fillings. I had mine removed as well, after reading her book. (You can read about my experience with amalgam removal here.)
Lately I have been reading more articles by Dr Klinghardt. The man is what you might call an independent thinker! So many original ideas, and so many fascinating suggestions for healing.
What is CCSVI?
One thing that caught my eye was CCSVI, or Chronic Cerebro-Spinal Venous Insufficiency. This condition involves a narrowing of the blood vessels that drain the brain. Dr Klinghardt writes that he has found it in all of his Lyme patients.
Apparently Lyme bacteria like to accumulate in the endothelium - the inner lining of blood vessels. This can lead to the vessels narrowing. (This may not be the only cause of CCSVI, it's just the only one I read about.)
Narrow blood vessels constrict the flow of blood through the brain. This causes inflammation, and may contribute to symptoms of neurological Lyme disease such as tinnitus, vision problems, headaches, brain fog, neck tension and others that unfairly bedevil us Lyme Warriors.
This makes so much sense to me. I often visualize the fluids moving through and cleansing my brain - it helps my neurological symptoms and my Lyme headaches. We Lymies need that fluid moving, removing toxins! I have written before about encouraging lymphatic flow in the brain, and blood flow deserves the same attention.
Visualizing blood flow in your brain
Here is an image of the veins that drain your brain. The jugular veins continue down the front of your throat, pass under your clavicle and drain back into your heart.
Imagine the flow of blood beginning at the top of your forehead. The veins are right below your skull, nested in the fascial tissue that encloses your brain. The blood drains back along the top of your skull, all the way down to the ridge where your skull curves in toward your neck. There the veins split into two, and curve down behind your ears, and down on either side of your throat.
This is a beautifully simple pathway. To learn it, trace it with your hands. As you run your hands along this path, imagine gently pulling fluid with them.
When you are feeling foggy and tired, use the image of your veins flowing well to rest your brain, and to help you sleep. Try lying on your back with a small towel rolled up under your neck. (If you have a warm neck wrap, use that!) Let the back of your head fall back over the towel. Let the front of your neck lengthen and relax. (Allowing blood to flow freely here will help with Lyme disease neck pain.) This imagery is self healing - it will help your body widen your blood vessels and restore healthy flow - washing your brain, cleansing it of all debris.
Other tools to improve cranial blood flow
Stay hydrated. Lemon water! Coconut water! Put down the almond lattes until you are Lyme free. I suggest even forgoing green tea until your blood flow is clean and clear. Caffeine is dehydrating. (Cue sobbing sounds here.)
Gentle cardio. If you can. Walk up a hill, walk up some stairs. Get the blood pumping in your veins, and use the image of blood flow through your brain to help.
Try my Cranial Healing meditation. It is especially good for vision problems caused by Lyme disease.
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Your brain is as vast and complex as a galaxy of stars. It is breathing, it is healing, it is beautiful.