Alzheimer’s disease and its Ayurvedic treatment

We usually tend to remember a person by memories we share with that particular person. Alzheimer’s disease is a most common form of dementia among older people, is a degenerative and a progressive disease which destroys a memory and other important mental functions. According to Ayurveda, this disease is explained as “Smriti Nasha”.

                Factors like family history, history of head injury, depression, hypertension and smoking increase the risk of getting affected by the disease. People, who engage in intellectual activities such as reading, playing board games, completing crossword puzzles, playing musical instruments or regular social interactions, show a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

                Main symptoms are memory loss, confusion, problem with language, disorientation and mood swings. It first involves the part of the brain that control thought, memory and language. Hence in the early stage people have difficulty in remembering recent conversations, names of family members, events, etc… Overtime, symptoms get worse; people may not recognize family members or have trouble in speaking, reading or writing, disorientation, confusion, poor judgment, behavioral changes and impaired communication. They may also forget how to brush their teeth or comb their hairs. Later on they may become anxious or aggressive or wander away from home; have difficulty in speaking, swallowing and walking.

                Treatment of such a disease is very difficult, but a few Ayurvedic treatments and few non-pharmacological treatments help to prevent the adverse effects of the symptoms and slower the development of the disease.

                Stress and awakening at night are contraindicated in such patients. Such elders need help to carry out their daily activities. The caregivers have to always keep an eye on such patients, just like keeping an eye on toddlers.

                In order to show support for the millions of people worldwide struggling with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, and to recognize the caregivers for unwavering support they provide to those suffering with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, June month is considered as “Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month”.

                                Treatment principles adopted in Ayurveda, for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease are “Medhya Rasayana”, “Vatahara”, “Brihmana”, “Nasya”, herbs like Shankhapushpi, Mandukaparni, Guduchi, Haridra, Brahmi, etc… are used. Food articles like milk, cow’s ghee, carrot, sea food, meat soup, Indian gooseberry are advised. Along with these, music therapy and adequate sleep are indicated in Alzheimer’s disease.

Medhya Rasanaya – A rejuvenating therapy in Ayurveda mainly using 4 herbs (Mandukaparni, Yashtimadhu, Guduchi and Shankhapushpi) to enhance brain functioning.

Vatahara – In this treatment we use herbs which reduce the aggravated Vata Dosha.

Brihmana – Brihmana is a nourishing treatment where we use herbs which are having nourishment properties.

Nasya – It is a treatment in which medicated oils are instilled in nostrils,as explained in Ayurveda.

For this kind of conditions, AYURHOMECARE is giving home visit consultation for the patients where it is difficult to take the patient to any of Ayruvedic clinic or hospital. Our Ayurvedic physicians will visit your place to consult and will prescribe Ayurvedic medicines along with dispensing of freshly prepared medicines.

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