WHAT IS DEMENTIA?
Dementia is a medical term which is used for a group of symptoms including memory loss, difficulty in concentration and thinking. There is loss of cognitive functions to such an extent that it interferes in the daily life of an individual. It is basically a symptom which is caused by several diseases. It is more common in older people. It ranges from mild to severe stage. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common causes of dementia. It can be reversible depending on the cause. People with dementia often have difficulty in controlling their emotions. They develop mood swings, behavioral problems and difficulty in reasoning. The part of brain responsible for cognitive functions when affected with infection or any disease can lead to dementia.
When dementia is detected at early stage, it can be treated with certain medications and lifestyle changes. But when at severe stage, the chances of its reversible are bleak.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT CAUSES OF DEMENTIA?
Dementia occurs because of the following reasons:
- Excessive build up of cerebrospinal fluid inside the brain
- Any brain infection
- Deficiency of vitamins in body
- Suffering from AIDS
- Trauma to the brain
- Brain tumors
- Subdural hematomas
- Parkinson’s disease
- Certain medications like antidepressants, anti-seizure, anti-parkinson drugs, narcotic pain relievers, etc
SYMPTOMS OF DEMENTIA
The symptoms of dementia vary depending on the cause and the severity of it ranges from mild to severe. Following are the common signs and symptoms of dementia:
- Loss of memory
- Difficulty in communication
- Lack of judgement
- Difficulty in problem-solving
- Problem in planning
- Difficulty in organizing tasks
- Behavioral problems
HERBS FOR TREATING DEMENTIA
Some of the herbs which can be very helpful in treating dementia:
Turmeric is one of the best herbs which is used for various ailments. It is having anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It helps in increasing immunity of body and thus fights infections. Dementia is often associated with inflammation of the brain and thus, regular consumption of turmeric in any of the form can be very helpful.
Ashwagandha is another herb which is loaded with various medicinal properties. There is formation of beta-amyloid plaques in brain which leads to memory loss. Ashwagandha inhibits the formation of these plaques and helps in reducing oxidative stress in brain. Thus it can be helpful in curing dementia.
Ginseng contains anti-inflammatory chemicals called ginsenosides. These chemical ingredients help in reducing the formation of beta-amyloids in brain. This also reduces inflammation of brain and thus helps in treating dementia.
Lemon balm is a herb which is usually taken in the form of tea. It helps in improving cognitive functions such as memory, reasoning ability, etc. It also helps in treating anxiety, restlessness and insomnia. When taken regularly, it is very helpful in treating dementia.
Sage is a herb which is known for its pungent smell. It helps in improving memory and other cognitive abilities. Alzheimer’s disease is the main reason of dementia. Sage inhibits the formation of enzyme acetylcholinesterase which breaks down the enzyme acetylcholine. Thus it can be very helpful for the treatment of dementia.
CHANDIGARH AYURVED CENTER’S MEDICATIONS FOR THE TREATMENT OF DEMENTIA
Here are some of the medications of Chandigarh ayurved center which are used for the treatment of dementia:
1. Nerve Plus tablet
These tablets shows Anti-bacterial, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, and immune- modulator properties. It contains herbal ingredients Ghritkumari (Aloe barbadensis), Kali mirch (Piper nigrum), Giloy satav (Tinospora crdifolia), shudha kuchala, shudha shilajeet, shudha vatsnabh, shudh singraf. It is beneficial for erectile dysfunction, diseases of stomach, stimulating nerves and appetite, promotes the level of testosterone naturally.
Recommended Dosage– Take 1 tablet twice daily.
2. Brodley Syrup
This herbal syrup consist of ingredients like Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Yashti madhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Dhania (Coriandrum sativum), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Saunf (Foeniculum vulgare), etc that improves memory. Brodley syrup deal with the signs and symptoms related to Alzheimer patients.
Recommended Dosage: Take 2 teaspoonful twice daily.
3. Rasayan Vati
Rasayan vati is herbo-mineral Ayurvdic formulation which contains various herbs such as Aswagandha, Shilajeet, Amla, Kesar, Musali, Shatavar, Brahmi Abhrak Bhasam, Swarn Makshik Bhasam, Yashad Bhasam, Mukta pisti, Praval pisti, Jaiphal, Vang Bhasam, Aswagandha, Dalchini, Javitri, Gokhru, Kaunch Beej, Shilajeet, Saunth, Mirch, Pipli, Amla, Kesar, Manjith, Anant Mool, Brahmi, Musali, Shatavar, Swarn Vang, etc. These ingredients show antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, analgesic, immune-modulator properties. These tablets provides good results in General debility, Psychological disorders,
and improves immunity.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 tablet twice daily.
4. Stress Care Tablet
Stress care tablet is an amazing combination of natural herbs like Sarpgandha, Brahmi, Tagar, jatamansi. It helps to relieve stress conditions. They help to pacify the nervous system and also helps to increase the mental and physical performance.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 tablet twice daily.
5. Brain Relaxant Churna
This herbal churna is prepared from herb Atmagupta (Mucuna pruriens). The herb normalizes the nerve cell functions and supports brain function. It provides effective results in Alzheimer disease as it maintains the overall performance of the nervous system.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 teaspoonful twice daily.
6. Immuno Up Powder
This powder is made up of the composition of bhasmas and pure herbs that is very beneficial in controlling the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The powder includes Giloy satav, Sutshekhar rasa, Sudhyog tablet, Shwet parpati, Shankh bhasma, Parwal pishti, etc. It is a very useful remedy to cure the voice change, uncontrollable movements during sleep, improve the rigid facial expression, etc.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 sachet twice daily with normal water.
Vaidya Karanvir Singh is the younger Vaidya in Chandigarh Ayurved & Panchakarma Centre. He is the fourth generation in his family who is practicing as a general consultant in Ayurved & Panchakarma treatment at Chandigarh. In his practice, he had treated more than 1000 plus patients worldwide.