Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, devastating families at an increasing rate worldwide. While it is not clear how the disease begins, it is certain that Alzheimer's affects women and the elderly more often, and that brain tissues are destroyed by the disease. Symptoms involve long-term memory loss, confusion, depression, paranoia and personality changes.
It has been suggested that hormone replacement therapy can put someone at risk for the disease, although this has not yet been proven conclusively. Some drugs have been developed to improve cognitive function, although there is as yet no cure and these drugs often produce uncomfortable side effects such as nausea and diarrhea.
How can natural medicine help with Alzheimer's?
Natural medicine can help prevent and manage Alzheimer's. Acupuncture and TCM can assist in improving brain function, while at the same time dealing with the side effects of the conventional drugs used. Naturopathic medicine and supplements such as zinc are very helpful. Recently, studies show that mental activities such as crossword puzzles can delay the onset of the disease, as can exercise such as yoga. And something gentle such as craniosacral therapy can do wonders for the brain as well.
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