HERBALS FOR ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
Alzheimer's disease attacks the cells, nerves and transmitters in the brain. Alzheimer's is a form of dementia that rarely affects people under the age of 65. The disease is often accompanied by a reduction in the flow of blood to the brain, and as this happens at different rates from individual to another , so the rate of memory loss varies between individuals.
The origin of the disease are still little understood , age is the greatest risk factor followed by a genetic predisposition. Other triggers include repeated strokes, a diet deficient in fatty acids, stress and a lack of of female hormone oestrogen. People who smoke and those who have high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels are at increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
Impairment of short term memory , loss of a sense of time , depression, anxiety, mood swing, difficulty in processing information leading to confusion are the main
Certain herbs have been shown to help to slow down or prevent the on set of Alzheimer's disease . Others improve circulation , and a third group helps to alleviate the mood swings and anxiety and sleep problem expressed by the patient.
As a preventive treatment
1. Blackcurrant- Put 5 g of dried leaves in 1 litre of boiling water . Leave to infuse for 5 mts. Strain. Drink 2-3 cups a day
2. Green or black tea-- Use teaspoon per cup of boiling water and drink 2 cups a day
3. Common sage- Cap 300 mg. Take 1 capsule 3 times daily
To improve blood circulation and mental well being
1.American ginseng- 500 mg cap. Take 2 capsules with breakfast and two with lunch
2. Schisandra- Tincture 1:5 in 25 percent alcohol. Put 20-40 drops in a glass of water . Take this dose 3 times a day
To reduce anxiety
1. Lemon balm- Put 2-3 g dried leaves in 1 cup of boiling water . Drink a cup at midday and one in the evening after meals
2.Passionflower- Tincture 1:8 in 25 percent alcohol. Take 25-75 drops a day in water
3. California poppy- Tincture 1:4 in 45 percent alcohol. Take 10 drops 3 times a day in a little cold water after meals
1. Eat a balanced diet making sure you include plenty of oily fish and cold pressed vegetable oils, such as extra virgin olive oil, fresh vegetables and fruits
2. Take vitamins A, C, E, and zinc and selenium
3. Take regular exercise
4. Exercise your memory - play card games, recite poems, recall events from your past