The sudden loss of consciousness, sensation, and voluntary motion, caused by the rupture or obstruction of an artery of the brain, very often resulting in death; also gross hemorrhage into any organ, such as the lungs, spleen, etc.


This is a serious catarrhal condition of the body, wherein the normal excreting channels are blocked and the denser glutinous and fibrinous matters overload the bloodstream.

Herbal Aids

Cayenne: The suddenness with which apoplexy comes necessitates the fastest therapeutic action. Cayenne pepper (one teaspoon to the cup) may be administered quickly; tincture of lobelia (three drops to one-half teaspoon, according to the size and age of the individual) should be given regularly; the antispasmodic tincture is excellent.

Make a formula for apoplexy using one part  black cohosh, one part wood betony, and  a teaspoon of cayenne and a teaspoon of mustard seed in a glass of hot water, steep and drink when cool.

Vegetarianism: A heavy meat and starch eater will suffer apoplexy and strokes from heat long before the heat even bothers the vegetarian or fruitarian.

Cayenne and Ginger: For an excellent bath to be used in cases of aches and pains, influenza, apoplexy, etc., mix ½ teaspoonful each of Cayenne and Ginger and add to a very hot bath. This will cleanse the pores and remove toxins.

Adapted from Dr. Christopher Files

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