Chemo Brain? How to grow new brain cells

A wonderful TED Talk about neurogenesis by Sandrine Thuret. She explains how the adult brain does grown new cells
and offers advice on what you can do to encourage this growth. Interestingly enough, she references chemo brain and demonstrates
her research to an oncologist colleague.

Here is a slide to consider that is featured in the talk.


How to grow new brain cells

Arnica montana

Arnica montana is a plant from the daisy family and grows in temperate and mountainous regions in Europe. It has been used for centuries and recently its properties have triggered renewed interest. It has many names, such as leopard’s bane or mountain tobacco1, from its various uses and also because the plant was not easily classified by botanists.

While its name is likely from Greek origin, it is mentioned in St. Hildegard von Bingen’s 12th century writings as a powerful aphrodisiac when applied to the skin of one of the two lovers. The powdered leaves of mountain tobacco were used in snuffing mixtures during the 17th century; the irritating powder stimulated sneezing for the user’s pleasure. The German writer Goethe praised it for having healed his chest problems. Like other very active herbs, Arnica was part of many compounds for all kinds of uses. Continue reading