Neurotransmitters are a class of chemical messengers in the body that help regulate, either directly or indirectly, most of the other systems and functions in the body. If there are imbalances in these neurotransmitters, many bodily functions will start to function inappropriately, which can lead to a number of unpleasant or debilitating symptoms.
Most people have heard of several common neurotransmitters, including serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine (also known as adrenaline) and are familiar with at least some of their functions in regards to mood (especially depression) and sleep (serotonin is the immediate precursor to melatonin, which helps you fall asleep and stay asleep). What most people do not know is that neurotransmitter imbalances (often referred to as relative nutritional deficiencies (RNDs)) can dramatically affect many other aspects of your health and can cause or exacerbate RND-symptoms that are often associated with the following conditions:
|Low pain tolerance||Hot flashes||Mood swings|
|PMS||Sleep difficulties||Poor memory|
|Weight gain||Poor weight loss||Hormone imbalances|
|Poor mental focus||Poor concentration||Restless legs|
|Fibromyalgia||Fatigue/Chronic fatigue||Poor thyroid function|
|Addictions||Binging behavior||Eating disorders|
|Obsessive thoughts||Compulsion||Crohn’s disease|
A full list of the disorders and disease-like RND symptoms related to neurotransmitter imbalance can be accessed here. The key point is that when imbalances in neurotransmitters occur, information is not relayed optimally in the brain which causes symptoms. Most people exhibit more than one of these disease-like RND symptoms but fail to make the connection between them. This connection is not made because many health care professionals don’t know much about brain chemistry or how to use amino acid therapy to correct the underlying neurotransmitter imbalances.
We have a novel approach to help those with these disease-like RND symptoms substantially reduce and/or eliminate their symptoms. It is based on correcting underlying biochemical imbalances in brain chemistry, and it works.
I have been diagnosed with a “familiar tremor” – one in my right hand and one in my voice. I am a music teacher and have seen it come on slowly over the years. I can’t talk without sounding like I am about to cry, etc. So I went to a neurologist and he started me on medication. The 1/2 pill worked immediately and I thought is was going to be terrific! Then after a couple of weeks, the 1/2 pill didn’t work any more and I went to 1 whole pill. Then over time, I was up to 5 in the morning and 5 at night. I switched medications because it wasn’t working and I felt tired all of the time. That medication lowered my blood pressure. I just spent a day in the hospital and want to do something different!! Would this treatment be helpful?
Since you saw some (initial) relief on the medication, it is likely that neurotransmitter imbalance is at least a part of your underlying issue and amino acid therapy would certainly be worth a try. To get started, I would suggest you first contact NeuroSupport to see if there is a provider in your area: http://www.neurosupport.com; if not, please contact us and set up an initial phone/skype consultation and we’ll be happy to work with you.
i have parkins disease and under treatment by a neurologist. istill have tremors in my left hand.would treatment as dr hinz describes in his article i read by him about his parkinsons miracl treatment, a supply of amino acids at the same time you are taking l-dopa?klinedale j. baker
Hi Klindedale – thanks for contacting us; I apologize for my (extremely) delinquent response – apparently we were having some issues with our sites (!) and I just now received your comment. I would suggest you first try contacting NeuroSupport: http://www.neurosupport.com to see if there is a provider near you. If not, please contact us and we’ll get you set up for an initial phone or skype consultation.
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I’m trying to help my ADD college age student succeed.
Thanks for contacting us. There are several possible underlying imbalances that can affect a person’s ability to focus and concentrate; luckily, there are a variety of assessment techniques available to help us pinpoint each person’s exact imbalances so that we can correct them. Please give us a call and set up an initial consultation so I can gather some more information and get your son started down the right path.
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I have essential tremors in one hand and in my chin. The neurologist says there is no cure, just medication to control them. I also cannot sleep through the night, awaking after about 3 hours and unable to get back to sleep. Would amino acid therapy possibly help
Thanks for contacting us. Sleep imbalances/insomnia and essential tremors have both been linked to improper neurotransmitter function, so amino acid therapy may be able to provide some relief. I suggest you contact us to set up an initial consultation so I can gather some more information to see if this would be a good fit for you.
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Hi Dr. Chad, I saw you for some care many years ago when you were off Grand Canyon Dr. I’m currently experiencing discomfort in a band around my chest while lying in bed. I’ve had some medical testing done for acid reflux, Celiac and a closer look at a duct to my gallbladder that was removed several years ago. I had a blood draw again recently and the PA said my liver function looks good and still the discomfort continues. Is this something you can help with?
Hi Bonnie – great to hear from you, although I am sorry to hear you are having this issue. I really won’t know what we may (or may not) be able to do until I see the data you already have. Please get everything together and contact us to set up a phone or in-house follow up so we can review it and go from there.
I look forward to seeing you again soon!
I have been suffering from some neurotransmitters disease since my childhood without my knowledge until it was triggered by a painful incident before 5 years. I have chronic fatigue, constipation, appetite issues and several mental dysfunctions like inability to focus mind on a problem, etc. Five years before I faced a bitter situation where I was extremely afraid of my life. That incident deviated me in to a hell of pains. My hole body started to get burnt, numbness and tingling were other neurological symptoms. Gastric problem also came to play a vital role in my life then. After several medications for each symptoms I automatically pushed to a psychologist who prescribed me Amitriptyline and Citalopram. Then my symptoms started to disappear slowly. Really then I understood that I have been suffering from a neurotransmitter disease since my childhood. Now my life has a real change. I am a very active person. But unfortunately again some symptoms came to be appeared 6 months ago. Then I went to doctor and then he double the Amitriptyline dosage. Again everything were back to normal except my gastric problem came to show playing a big role. Now I am suffering from it. Then I temporally stopped medications. But after several days my whole body began to be itchy starting from head. Several alleges developed. Doctor, can you please tell me whether itchy whole body and alleges are symptoms of this neurotransmitters disease? or it is another issue?. What do I need to do now? is it ok if I continue Amitriptyline ? Hope your kind response
Greetings SBW – thanks for contacting us. It certainly sounds like neurotransmitter imbalance may be at least one of the main underlying causes for the way that you feel. However, I am not in a position to comment further without knowing substantially more about your health history. I suggest that you contact NeuroResearch at http://www.neurosupport.com to find a provider near you that specializes in amino acid therapy that may be able to help.
Suffering with Menopause since 2006. I am just starting to take Prempro because I am done, I can’t handle the hot flashes and all symptoms any longer. So I am reaching out to you and your clinic for any help you might be able to offer. Thank You. Kim
Thanks for contacting us; there may be several things we can do to help, including working to balance your hormone levels through diet/nutrition and specific exercises/yoga as well as amino acid therapy. Please contact us to set up an initial phone and/or Skype consultation and we’ll see what we can do: https://amino-acid-therapy.com/contact-us/
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Hello Dr. Chad.
My husband, 76, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s more than three years ago. He has declined any medicines.
The main symptoms are stiffness of the body left side, a tremor of his left and right hands and left leg, and jaw. Because of this it is difficult to keep the balance. There are also others symptoms, connected to mood, urination, etc. He is very suffering. I cannot find any information about providers near us on the NeuroResearch at http://www.neurosupport.com that you have recommended. Now they have only an announce about the conference in Los Angeles on their site. Sorry. Could you help us. Thank you in advance. Sincerely, Natalya K.
Hi Natalya – you’ll need to contact NeuroResearch (via the website or by calling them) to find a provider; here is another contact you can use: https://parkinsonsclinics.com/index.php.
Hello Dr. Chad.
Sorry, I forgot to write that we live in Northern California, Sunnyvale. It is close to San Jose, Bay Area.
Best regards. Sincerely, Natalya. K.
Hello Dr. Chad, I am 60 and have suffered from migraines for most of my life. I have been to numerous doctors over the years who only prescribed medication, never wanting to find the cause. The migraines are worse than ever now and I am at my wits end. After reading about amino acid therapy, I feel this could be the right direction for me to go. Any advice as to where to start ? I live in England.
Thanks for contacting us; we have had fantastic success using amino acid therapy to resolve the underlying neurochemical imbalances often associated with migraines. Unfortunately, we are not currently accepting new clients. You can try and contact NeuroResearch to see if they have someone that can assist you: http://www.neurosupport.com.
Otherwise, you can learn more about our approach here: http://naturalsolutionsformigraines.com/ –
Hello Dr. Chad, I am 49 and have suffered from migraines since i was a child. I have failed all therapies and am intolerant to narcotics. The preventatives have caused confusion/memory loss and i usually get little to no relief from the abortive meds. i avoid food triggers, am underweight, and eat healthy. Last year i had an acute episode of unexplained neurological symptoms that mimicked MS & RA. I’m still searching to ‘cure’ my migraines. I would like to try AA therapy as the changing weather in Tx brings on the headaches. Your patient referred me to you as she is ‘cured’ of her migraines and so happy. i thank you in advance for your help. Sincerely, TC
Thanks for contacting us; our practice is currently at capacity and we are not accepting new clients; however, if you’d like to get on our waiting list, you can certainly contact us: http://naturalpathhealthcenter.com/contact-us/. You can learn more about our approach to migraines here: http://naturalsolutionsformigraines.com/.
If you’d like to see if you can find another provider to help with amino acid therapy, I suggest you contact http://www.neurosupport.com.
My daughter is 12 and suffers from trich. She is currently bald because we’ve had to shave her head because she’s pulled out more that half of her hair. We’ve tried a few medications from a dr and nothing seems to help. Her hair will fill in and be somewhat of a buzz cut and then the pulling begins again. When she can’t pull out her hair, she pulls eyebrows and eyelashes. I am so sad as she can’t play sports and doesn’t feel she fits in. She’s in middle school so it’s especially rough. We need help in finding something that will help her stop and be able to have hair like other girls. I am at wits end and am tired of crying over this. Please help!
HI Kristen – thanks for the comment/request. Please contact us to get on our waiting list: http://naturalpathhealthcenter.com/contact-us/.
If you’d like to see if there is another provider that can work with you and your daughter using amino acid therapy, I recommend you contact NeuroResearch – http://www.neurosupport.com.
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Have a question. I’ve had a burning scalp 24/7 for 8 years. No Dr has figured this out. With no hair loss. At my wits end.
Thanks for the comment; unfortunately, a burning sensation of the scalp could have any number of underlying causes, neurotransmitter imbalance being one of them. Without further information, I would only be guessing at a solution (and it sounds like you’ve had your fair share of these approaches already). If you could find an integrative provider to take a look at everything you’ve done and/or had tested, they may be able to find and fill in any holes in what is known in order to help you find a solution.
I am 70 yr old female ..on paper seem to be the picture of health but I struggle to breath 24/7 .Don’t believe it is anxiety ..if head is lower than body breathing becomes normal ..Cymbalta/Huperzine A gives relieve but both have same side effects … nausea/dizziness .. have problem staying hydrated .. using lots of salt seems to give a little relief .. I read that salt aids the body in absorbing amino acids so thinking I may be deficient ..would the therapy help me (I am HFe heterozygous and believe this could be a cause as several people on HFE site have same problem)
HI Sharon – that is a great question. Without a much more thorough workup, it would be impossible to know what is causing your symptoms. However, if neurotransmitter dysfunction is negatively affecting you, amino acid therapy could certainly help. I suggest that you contact NeuroResearch (www.neurosupport.com) to see if there are any functional medicine providers available that could help you. They would be able to run any additional testing to fill in the gaps in the data you have already collected and would be equipped to address whatever is found.
Im writing for my 83 year old father who has parkinsons. He has had it approximately 10 years and is dealing with tremors in his hands and mild to moderate dementia. He is physically active (takes boxing classes etc) but I do feel it is progressing physically and mentally. Would he be a candidate for the amino acid therapy treatment?
Hi Jan – thanks for contacting us. It certainly sounds like he would be a good candidate for amino acid therapy. To get started you have 2 options; you can either contact NeuroResearch to find a provider in your area: http://www.neurosupport.com or you can follow the instructions on this page: http://naturalsolutionsforparkinsonsdisease.com/getting-started-with-amino-acid-therapy-faqs/ to get on our waiting list.
You can learn more about our approach here: http://naturalsolutionsforparkinsonsdisease.com/.