How to heal the brain without drugs


Posted at May 07 2014 08:53 PM | Updated as of May 08 2014 04:53 AM

Magandang Gabi Dok with Dr. Patricio Reyes, an Arizona-based neurologist and neuropathologist

MANILA -- A neurologist introduced a set of brain exercises that can help people suffering from cognitive diseases to get better without taking medicines.

In an interview on DZMM, Dr. Patricio Reyes, an Arizona-based neurologist and neuropathologist, explained how certain brain exercises can help heal the brain, and prevent cognitive diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Reyes explained that most medicines given to patients with Alzheimer's are chemical-based and are mostly given to supplement certain deficiencies in patients.

Scientists discovered that those affected with Alzheimer's disease suffer from acetylcholine deficiency. Acetylcholine is a chemical that functions as a neurotransmitter and affects a person's memory.

Reyes said that the best doctors can do is to provide a patient with more acetycholine to alleviate the symptoms of Alzheimer's.

"Nagi-improve ang symptoms, pero hindi lahat gumagaling. Symptomatic ang treatment sa Alzheimer's disease," he added.

Reyes is also one of the neurologists who developed a skin patch to help supply acetylcholine directly to a patient's brain, instead of going through the digestive system.

"May side effects kasi 'yung gamot kapag ini-ingest. Yung skin patch, ididkit lang sa balat para diretso sa utak," he said.

Aside from these treatments, Reyes also helped in developing a series of exercises that can help strengthen the brain.

Brain HQ is a drug-free approach to help patients afflicted with neurological problems as well as to help ordinary people improve their memory and concentration skills.

It is a technique created and modified by Dr. Michael Merzenich, professor emeritus at University of California, San Francisco, with the help of Reyes. It is the only proven method of lessening the effects of acquired and hereditary brain diseases such as ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and sports-related injuries like concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.

This is supported by clinical and experimental evidence and can also help in improving brain function in normal individuals.

"Ang brain, kapag tama ang exercises, gumagaling. The brain can repair itself," said Reyes, who is also an advocate of neuroplasticity, which refers to changes in the brain caused by changes in behavior, environment and other processes.

This goes against the popular notion that the brain cannot repair itself, and that it cannot produce new brain cells.

Reyes claimed that the Brain HQ exercises can help produce new brain cells, and can be used even by those who are not suffering from any cognitive diseases.

Initially available in the US, Brain HQ will also be available in the Philippines, as requested by Reyes.

"Sabi ko sa mga kaibigan ko, pagkatapos sa America, sa Pilipinas muna. Pangalawa tayo na magkakaroon nito," he said.

Reyes added that one only needs to spend P10 a day for a year to avail of these computer-based mental exercises.

"Mas maganda dahil hindi kailangan ng gamot. Sa 90 minutes a week, after 10 hours, it can improve memory," added Reyes. -- with reports from, and