Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative, progressive brain disease resulting in impaired memory, thinking and behavior and occurring mostly after 45 years of age. The exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is not yet known to Western medicine. However, it is considered a malfunctioning of the nervous system. Nerve cells in the memory region of the brain are found to be vastly reduced in size and number as compared to those of a healthy person. 
Ayurveda terms Alzheimer’s disease as smruthi nasha, caused by the depletion of dhatus or tissue elements and upward movement of the excessively accumulated bio energies. As a result of the vata provocation in the majja dhatu there will be degeneration and malfunctioning of the brain leading to Alzheimer's disease. The brain of patients are found to be atrophic (degenerative) in the cerebral cortex and hippocampus and senile plaques are seen.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Memory loss; inability to recognize friends and family members
  • Difficulty in concentrating
  • Impaired movement and loss of coordination
  • Muscle rigidity, dragging feet while walking
  • Insomnia and lack of sleep
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of familiarity with surrounding and wandering aimlessly
  • Depression, seizures & hallucinations
  • Withdrawal, disinterest, hostility and loss of inhibitions

Causes of Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Causes of Alzheimer’s disease can be several:
  • Genetic factors account for 15% of cases
  • Fast paced life with its stress and tension
  • High blood pressure
  • Higher level of homocysteine
  • Addiction to fast food
  • Excess intake of tea and coffee
  • Accumulation of toxins
  • Prolonged exposure to electro magnetic fields
  • Environmental pollution etc

Ayurvedic Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease
Ayurveda treatment for Alzheimer’s disease would concentrate on rectifying and restoring the vata imbalance as ayurveda considers vata imbalance to be the primary cause of alzeimer’s disease. Vata imbalances are common in old age.
Treatments for Alzheimer’s disease would include medicines to prevent degeneration and strengthening of the brain. Panchakarma treatments, rasayana therapies and diet regulations would all form part of the treatment. Ayurveda therapies like thalam, siro dhara and siro vasti are commonly prescribed for Alzheimer’s disease patients. Brahmi and aswagandha are the two main herbs used for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Alzheimer's Disease 

  • Take nutritious diet including milk & ghee to strengthen the mind and body.
  • Avoid fast food
  • Take daily oil massage before bath
  • Regulate life style
  • Avoid mental stress and stain; be happy and cheerful always. 
  • Be free from all malice and be friendly and compassionate towards all beings.
  • Avoid coffee, tea and alcohol
Ayurveda & Neurological Disorders

As Alzheimers disease is a result of vitiation of vata dosha they are advised to consume vata pacifying foods. A diet of basmati rice, dal, well cooked vegetables etc are all thus recommended. Ayurveda uses medicinal herbs in the several formulations that it makes for treating epilepsy patients. The medicinal herbs used commonly are brahmi, sanku puspam, malkagni, and jata manzi. These medicinal herbs are used in the preparation of kashayams, lehyams, choornam and aristams for epilepsy patients.

Patients suffering from migraine and headache should maintain good dietary habits. This will ensure good health and offer immunity from recurring bouts of headaches. During the time of head ache they should not eat very heavy meals. Consuming cooked vegetables without having it fried in oil should be encouraged. Ayurvedic treatment of multiple sclerosis involves the use of medicinal herbs in the preparations of kashayams, arishtams, choornams, lehyams etc. These medicinal herbs have been time tested and have been found effective from the earliest of times. Parkinson's disease patients are given oral medicines as part of the rejuvenation treatment in ayurveda. These oral medicines are extracts of pure medicinal herbs and are used in the preparation of kashayams, lehyams, choornams etc to be consumed by patients suffering from Parkinson's disease

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