Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - BRAIN AND NERVOUS SYSTEM - ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for Alzheimer’s Disease

General description and overview of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive type of dementia, in which the nerves, cells and transmitters get affected and the brain shows sign of wasting. It is usually due to the reduced blood flow to the brain and can even strike in middle age, although it most often occurs in the elderly. Alzheimer’s disease begins with slight impairment of the memory but slowly, and at times, rapidly worsens to the stage where the patient becomes incapable of taking care of himself.

The rate of progression is different for each person. If Alzheimer’s develops rapidly, it generally continues to progress rapidly. On the other hand, if the progress of the disease is slow, it is likely to continue its slow course.

Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, studies suggest that medications, herbs and supplements, and certain specific adjustments in lifestyle help slow the progression and improve the symptoms of the disease.

Herbal & homeopathic products recommended for Alzheimer’s Disease

MemoRise

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Brain Tonic

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PureCalm

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Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Impairment of short-term memory (strangely, the sufferer might remember things of distant past)

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Anxiety and depression (specifically deep depression in the initial stages)

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Apathy and mood swings such as agitation, restlessness, irritability, paranoia, hostility

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Increasing confusion due to memory loss

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Hallucinations, delusions, and psychosis

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Failure in recognizing familiar faces

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Poor judgment, problems with thinking

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Difficulty concentrating

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Difficulty comprehending words, completing sentences, or finding the right words (language problems)

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Loss of familiarity with surroundings, wandering aimlessly

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Difficulty in performing routine tasks

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Lack of initiative

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Accusatory behaviors (such as accusations of spousal infidelity)

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Impaired movement or coordination

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Muscle rigidity, shuffling or dragging feet while walking

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Insomnia or disturbances in sleep patterns

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Weight loss

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Incontinence

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Muscle twitching or seizures

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Short attention span, , disorientation, , misplacing things

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Causes of Alzheimer’s Disease

Although exact reasons for Alzheimer’s have not been found yet, the following are believed to be the main culprits or aides to the culprits. Basically, it is understood that there is an abnormal breakdown of acetylcholine - an important neurotransmitter in the brain, in Alzheimer’s due to the following reasons. Further, new research indicates that free radicals (highly reactive molecules that can cause oxidation, or damage to cells) may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s.

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As is said, old age in itself is a disease. Sometimes, even proper diet, lifestyle and general self-care cannot spare one with a disease like Alzheimer’s.

Causes and natural supplements & remedies for Alzheimer’s Disease. Did you know that Americans are more likely to get Alzheimer’s than Asians or Native Americans.

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Genetic predisposition to the disease has also been found to be a cause by many researches.

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Stress and repeated strokes may also trigger Alzheimer’s disease.

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Smoking, high BP and high cholesterol level increase the risk of getting Alzheimer.

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Deficiency of fatty acids in the diet may also cause the disease.

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Certain researches have shown that excess aluminum in the body may damage the brain cells resulting in the disease.

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Alzheimer’s Disease

Two types of medications have been shown to slow the cognitive decline related with Alzheimer's. Cholinesterase inhibitors work by increasing the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain, thus slowing the onset of Alzheimer’s in people with declining cognitive capacity.

These drugs don’t work for about half of those who take them, and the side effects can be severe, including diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.

Memantine (Namenda) was developed to help protect the brain cells against damage caused by Alzheimer’s, although this drug’s use is often discontinued due to side effects such as delusions, agitation, and dizziness. Hence, it is strongly advised that you thoroughly research any prescription medication and its side effects before agreeing to drug therapy.

Alternatively, there are numerous natural remedies that have been shown to decrease memory loss and improve cognitive functioning. A substantial benefit of a natural approach is that it offers the curative properties of conventional medicine without any of the side effects (which are often more debilitating than the disorder itself).

Some examples of natural herbs recommended for relieving Alzheimer's symptoms include Ginkgo biloba, Rosemary, and Sage. Taken regularly, these herbs have been clinically shown to improve memory and cerebral blood flow to the brain, thus helping the brain to perform its functions while reducing the symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease.

There are also many herbal and homeopathic remedies which can help maintain harmony, health and systemic balance in the brain and nervous system, without side effects or sedation. These products are known for their supportive function in maintaining brain, nervous system and circulatory health, and well-being.

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Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) – This oldest surviving tree specie, dating back to millions of years has predominantly been grown in China till the 18th century. Then it came to Europe and from there to United States. Leaves of ginkgo are the ones having medicinal qualities and their main constituents are ginkgolide terpenes and flavonoids - antioxidants that strengthen the blood vessels and improve the circulation. Terpenoids (such as ginkgolides) improve blood flow by dilating blood vessels and reducing the stickiness of platelets. These particular traits of ginkgo are specifically useful in treating two age old diseases – one related to memory loss and another called acrocyanosis, in which there is a permanent bruising on the hands and feet. In effect, ginkgo is being used to treat memory loss for more than 5000 years in China. It achieves this by counteracting the declining mental faculties. It not only improves concentration and memory but also reduces mood swings and apathy. This effect is got as the active constituents of ginkgo fight against the age related deterioration of blood vessels in the brain.

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Rosmarinus officinalis (also known as Rosemary) has a reputation for strengthening memory health. Rosemary is well-known in modern herbalism as an all-around tonic and energizer. Studies have also suggested that Rosemary can promote healthy cerebral blood flow (CBF). In addition, recent laboratory analysis has found that Rosemary contains acetyl-cholinesterase inhibitors, chemicals that prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine in the brain. Acetylcholine is a brain chemical that is involved in memory functioning. A recently published research paper investigates the ability of carnosic acid (that occurs in rosemary) to help protect the brain from free radical damage. Carnosic acid is able to cross the blood-brain barrier and does not have any undesirable effects on normal brain cells and is only activated in the presence of free radical damage! Carnosic acid has properties that make it a vital neuroprotective agent and is known to promote healthy blood flow to the brain. Furthermore, Carnosic acid helps to maintain the body's production of the antioxidant, glutathione. Glutathione is one of the most important antioxidants that help to protect the brain against free radical damage.

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Salvia Officinalis (also known as Sage) is the Latin name for sage, which means “to heal”. Sage leaf is an approved herb by the German Commission E for internal and external use. A recent study indicated the efficacy of Salvia officinalis extract in promoting brain and memory health in senior adults.

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Kalium phosphate (derived from potassium phosphate) is a biochemic tissue salt and a natural component of all fluids in the body. It acts as a nerve nutrient, and is naturally present in all brain cells and nerve tissue. Kalium phosphate (also called Kali. phos.) is an excellent nerve tonic and natural calmative, helping to soothe nerves and lessen edginess. Kali. phos. supports a healthy brain and nervous system, and can help relieve occasional nervous tension in the body.

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Natrium muriaticum (derived from sodium chloride) - Water is the medium by which nutrients and brain chemicals are transported from the blood into the cells and carried from cell to cell. The function of this tissue salt is to maintain the body's water balance by controlling the movement of water in and out of the cells. Natrium muriaticum (also called Nat. mur.) naturally and gently flushes the system while hydrating tissues. Note: Due to the special manufacturing process of tissue salts, Nat. mur. should not be confused with salt, and may be safely used by people requiring low salt diets.

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Passiflora Incarnata (Also known as Passion Flower) - This climbing shrub is native to South America but some of its 450 odd species can be found in colder climate of North and Central America as well. It grows up to a height of 10 metres clutching with the help of tendrils. This medicinal variety is some times confused with the cultivated variety that produces passion fruit. All its aerial parts; the stamen, three lobed indented leaves and bright showy flowers that have white petals covered over by pinkish violet filaments, have medicinal properties. The main constituents are maltol, ethyl maltol, indole alkaloids and various antioxidants. Mainly maltol and ethyl maltol and to some extent the antioxidants present impart the sedative property to this herb for which it is quite famous. In effect it is so effective yet gentle, that even children are given preparations based on passionflower for treating insomnia, anxiety and nervous system originated palpitations and digestive problems. It is believed that passionflower works by increasing levels of a chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA lowers the activity of some brain cells, resulting in relaxation.

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Ginseng – Ginseng is basically used as a general tonic or geriatric remedy to regulate the catabolic and anabolic processes of cellular metabolism, to increase the capacity to adapt to stress and improve concentration and attention. The roots of ginseng are dried and taken as capsules and infusions.

   

Herbal & homeopathic products recommended for Alzheimer’s Disease

MemoRise for Alzheimer’s Disease

MemoRise

Support brain and memory health in mature adults.

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Brain Tonic for Alzheimer’s Disease

Brain Tonic

Promotes brain health and maintains healthy concentration, memory and balanced mood in all ages.

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PureCalm for Alzheimer’s Disease

PureCalm

Aids nervous system in stress resistance for balanced moods and feelings of well being

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Bio-Oxidate Defense for Alzheimer’s Disease

Bio-Oxidate Defense

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Helpful dietary habits or diet recommended in Alzheimer’s Disease

As the diet reduces in Alzheimer’s and the sufferer cannot take care of himself, person responsible for his care should give extreme importance to his diet.

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Supplements of vitamin A, C, D, E and B12 are very important. Zinc, beta carotene, folic acid and selenium are also equally important.

Helpful dietary habits and herbal supplements & remedies for Alzheimer’s Disease. High dietary intake of fat and calories is associated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease, whereas high intake of fish is associated with a decreased risk.

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Silicon, in the form of silicic acid, should be definitely taken. It prevents the body from absorbing aluminum known for damaging brain cells. Sources include cabbage, alfalfa, onions, green vegetables and milk. Small amount of beer can also be taken as silicon supplement.

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As aluminum is supposed to have adverse effects with regards to Alzheimer’s, patients (in effect even healthy people) are advised not to consume foods high in aluminum additives such as some grain product desserts, American cheese, chocolate pudding, chocolate beverages, salt, and some chewing gum. Aluminium pans should not be used to cook acidic foods like chutneys and tomatoes.

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Coenzyme Q10, which is supposed to tremendously help the elderly in their various age related issues, should also be consumed. Sources of this useful compound include Soya beans, potatoes, spinach and offal.

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Eat antioxidant foods, including fruits (such as blueberries, cherries, and tomatoes) and vegetables (such as squash and bell peppers).

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In general, oily fish, fresh fruits and vegetables and cold-pressed vegetable oils like olive oil should be given to the patient.

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Antacid indigestion tablets must be avoided to the maximum. They are high in aluminum hydroxide content.

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Food additive E541 should be avoided as it contains sodium aluminum phosphate.

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Excess alcohol is a strict no.

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Take small regular meals in place of one or two large ones.

Dos and don'ts (precautions) in Alzheimer’s Disease

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Regular physical exercise is very important to keep the body functioning properly and relieve stress.

Precautionary measures and homeopathic medicines & remedies for Alzheimer’s Disease. Try to provide such meals that require minimal physical effort on the patient’s part.

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Putting the mind to some exercise is also extremely important. Various mind games which are fun to play and require concentration and application need to be incorporated in the daily schedule.

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Family members should speak clearly to the patient. Allow them enough time to keep up with conversations by using simple words and short sentences.

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Encourage serenity - Ensure that their environment is quiet and peaceful by eliminating as much chaos as you can.

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Take care of your heart as an unhealthy heart means less efficient blood flow to the brain. Take steps to improve the health of your heart by losing weight, lowering cholesterol, doing cardiovascular exercise and relaxation techniques.

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Tell your friends and family about your problems and let them know how and when to help. Remember that this will be a big change for them too, and so they need to know what to expect.

 

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Herbal & homeopathic products recommended for Alzheimer’s Disease

MemoRise

Support brain and memory health in mature adults.

Product Details

Brain Tonic

Promotes brain health and maintains healthy concentration, memory and balanced mood in all ages.

Product Details

PureCalm

Aids nervous system in stress resistance for balanced moods and feelings of well being

Product Details

Bio-Oxidate Defense

Support cell integrity with natural antioxidants.

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