Alzheimer’s disease affects the human brain in a way that the person starts losing his memory, his power to think, and his natural behaviour. It is a form of dementia that gets worse with time. The person cannot even carry out his daily activities in a normal way.
Alzheimer’s is of two types:
- Alzheimer’s of early onset: It appears before the age of 60 but worsens faster. It may be genetic
- Alzheimer’s of late onset: It is most common type of Alzheimer’s. It appears in people above 60 years of age.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE?
The exact causes of Alzheimer’s are still unknown. Some of these include genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. They may affect each person in a different way. Some factors that have been linked to Alzheimer’s are:
- Growing age
- Family history
- Down’s syndrome
- High blood pressure
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE?
Alzheimer’s may present a wide range of symptoms in different people depending on the part of brain affected. They may be more on the emotional and memory scale or in some they may majorly affect the body functioning. Some of the common symptoms in the early stage are:
- Excessive emotional behavior
- Difficulty in language
- Loss of memory
- Difficulty in perception
- Loss of thinking and judgment
- Difficulty in performing more than one task at a time
- Time taken to perform activities is longer.
Symptoms that appear after some time gap:
- The person forgets familiar routes
- Problems with language, even familiar names
- Misplacing items
- Changes in personality changes
- Sleep pattern changes even waking up at night
Symptoms in the later stages:
- Depressed moods and delusions
- Even the daily tasks become a problem like preparing meals, choosing proper clothing, and driving
- Facing difficulty in reading or writing
- Forgetting current events
- Forgetting your own self
- Poor judgment and loss of ability to recognize danger
HOW CAN AYURVEDA HELP CASES OF ALZHEIMER’S?
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of medicine that makes use of herbs existing in the nature and formulates herbal remedies using the inherent power present in these herbs. We in Ayurveda believe that herbal remedies bring to you the richness of the herbs in a natural, unadulterated form. These combinations help improve immunity and provide strength, endurance and will.
Ayurveda uses the inherent power of natural herbs to bring about wonderful results on the human body. The herbs are natural and 100% safe. These herbs help improve memory and brain power. The Ayurvedic herbs Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Curcumin, etc help improve Alzheimer’s situation.
HERBS IN AYURVEDA THAT HELP ALZHEIMER’S
Bacopa monnieri (BRAHMI)
The Brahmi herb is famous for its magnificent properties. It is a wonderful tranquilizer. It increases the brain functioning. A few of its astonishing effects have been proved on conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It is used by physicians for stress, post-natal depression, anxiety, ADD and epilepsy. Owing to its vast sphere of actions, it is a major constituent of a variety of products like health tonics, memory tonics, etc. Stress, anxiety, menstrual disturbances, hair loss and fatigue are a few conditions where the herb has shown positive effects. Another wonderful action of the herb is on the nervous system wherein it works to increase the coordination between the nervous system components thereby increasing the brain functioning. It is therefore used as a brain tonic. For its action on controlling the anxiety of the nervous system the Ayurvedic herb is used as a tranquilizer.
The actions of the Brahmi herb over the brain area make it a wonderful tonic to help enhance the mental capabilities of the individual. It affects both the short and the long-term memory. It promotes a relaxed state of mind and nerves, spreading calmness. It takes care of the tension caused headaches, feeling of anxiety and depression. The herbal product is highly recommended for people suffering from ADD as it helps them analyze clearly. Brahmi is used in Brahmi capsules, Medhya churna, and memory support capsules.
Acorus calamus (VACHA)
The root of this herb is used to relieve a number of nerve related disorders and increase speech coordination, speech ability. It helps to increase memory power and coordination. The retention power increases manifold. The Medhya churna has this herb in it.
Convolvuluv pluricaulis (SHANKHPUSHPI)
This plant bears beautiful white flowers. It helps the mind to recollect and remember things in an effective way. It is useful in relieving stress, improves mind ability and controls blood pressure. In India it has been given to children to increase their memory especially during exams. Memory support capsules contain this herb.
Licorice (Glycerrhiza glabra)
This herb is one of the best anti-depressants and anti-ulcer herbs. Regular use of this herb enhances strength, improves eye sight, prevents cold and cough and relieves gastric ulcers. It is used in Memory support capsules.
Curcuma longa (Turmeric)
Anti-oxidants present in the herb reduce the free- radicals from the body thereby improving the health and immunity. Curcumin herb has rich anti-diabetic properties that make it a wonderful herb to use for diabetic patients. It is a famous Chinese medicine to relieve digestive and liver related diseases. Its anti- inflammatory properties make it a strong herb for various allergies, infections and inflammations. The herb has the power to fight against toxins and infections owing to its rich anti-biotic properties. It is used in many cosmetics due to its beneficial actions on the skin. Curcumin capsules are prepared using it.
Withania somnifera (ASHWAGANDHA)
The ancient Ayurvedic herb Ashwagandha is a multiple benefit herb. It has beneficial effects on human body in a natural way. Ashwagandha helps in cases stress, memory loss and many more chronic ailments. A look at these disorders tells us that they are all related to our life style. The increase in stress and manifold decrease in a healthy diet and lifestyle leads to stress induced disorders including many neurological disorders. People usually complain of stress, fatigue, memory and bodily weakness. Most of us face issues of low stamina and endurance power.
Ashwagandha herb plays a vital role in such cases. It is a great antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to promote overall well-being of the body and nourishes it with strength and immunity. Apart from these, the herbal product has potential powers to nourish the brain to make the functioning of the brain quicker and sharper. It has dynamic results on the male sexual system as it facilitates quicker and longer lasting erections. Ashwagandha herb is an indispensable part of many of our formulations owing to its benefits. Memory support capsules and Medhya churna are prepared using Ashwagandha.
Zingiber officinale (SONTH)
Zingiber works wonderfully on the nervous and emotional ailments. The results are on the overall body system. The appetite is boosted, the brain functioning becomes sharper, and the memory becomes stronger. It acts well for weakness of body and mind, stresses of daily life, and improper brain functioning. It also has multiple effects on other organs.
Indian pennywort (Gotu kola capsules)
Gotu kola herb is an herb rich in nutrients. It is a wonderful herb that acts brilliantly on concentration power and helps cases of lack of concentration. This herb Gotu kola helps in the nerve related diseases. It helps in nervous exhaustion due to stress and anxiety. The case of neuropathy due to diabetes is relieved using Gotu kola capsules. It is a very effective herb in providing body vitality. The herb is used to prepare Gotu kola capsules.