Memory Loss

memory loss st clair west torontoWhat causes memory loss?

Memory loss is a normal, even expected occurrence as you age, and can be partial or total in nature.  You lose the ability to remember when your brain's neurons and blood vessels do not function as well, thus starving your brain of necessary nutrients.  In some cases a stroke will cause this to happen dramatically, although therapy may help reverse this loss of brain function.  Preventing age-related memory loss is very important, and can be aided with physical and mental exercise, and other natural therapies.

Some factors that put you at risk for memory loss include:

  • alcohol and illicit drug use
  • medications such as sleeping pills, antihistamines, antidepressants, blood pressure and arthritis medication
  • atherosclerosis
  • head injury or trauma
  • fatigue
  • high fever
  • stress
  • poor diet, especially one lacking in Vitamin B12 and other important nutrients
  • hormonal issues, such as menopause or hypothyroidism
  • low blood sugar

If you are suffering from memory loss, your doctor will first want to rule out Alzheimer's disease and/or stroke.  Some medications that your doctor may prescribe include Hydergine (which is supposed to improve oxygen flow to the brain), and Eldepryl (which is supposed to protect neurons).

How can natural medicine help with memory loss?

Natural health care can have a major impact on your brain function and memory.  Naturopathic medicine can help determine what nutrients you are lacking and can improve the way you eat.  Acupuncture and TCM can help improve your memory, balance your hormonal levels, and help improve your health in general. Osteopathy is excellent for improving brain function, and massage therapy can help you reduce stress.

Contact us for a FREE consultation on how natural therapy can help you prevent or manage your symptoms of memory loss.

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7 Common Health Issues of Aging and Their Natural Remedies