Electrical Stimulation of the Tongue To Restore Lost Brain Function?
It sounds crazy, but researchers at the University of Wisconsin are using Cranial Nerve Non-Invasive Neuro-modulation (electrical tongue stimulation) to help restore lost neurological function in patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and other conditions. I would have dismissed it as pure fantasy myself, if it were not for the fact that one of those researchers, Professor Yuri Danilov, spent a week in my office and demonstrated the technology on my patients. Dr Danilov has applied his techniques to over 800 patients suffering from balance disorders, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological dysfunctions, including high profile patients like Montel Williams. One of our patients who had been disabled for about two years after a Traumatic Brain Injury was running on our office treadmill after four days of this intense therapy. The second, a Parkinson’s disease patient, showed noticeable improvement in balance and gait in the first week. So how does tongue stimulation restore lost neurological function? The exact mechanism is unknown according to Dr. Danilov, but the research suggests that electrical tongue stimulation increases metabolism in the brain. During this period of enhanced brain activation an intense rehabilitation of loss function is administered. The research suggests that the electrical stimulation amplifies the results of rehabilitation. Producing restored neurological function which is vastly superior to traditional neurological rehab techniques. That is exactly what I observed in my patients.