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Ayurveda for Alzheimer’s

By on January 10, 2016

Alzhemier’s is termed as “Smruthi Nasha” in Ayurveda and is caused by the depletion of dhatus (tissues) and impairement of Satva Guna (the attribute of mind which represents purity and consciousness) by rajas (the attribute of mind which usually represents energy and dynamism) and tamas (the attribute of mind representing passivity and ignorance).

When the Manovaha srotas (channels carrying cyclic impulses principally responsible for memory) are afflicted with Vata dosha, the person is affected and there is malfunctioning of the mental activities.

Ayurvedic Treatments for Alzheimer’s

1. Follow a wholesome diet and regulated life style.

2. Go walking or do simple exercise daily.

3. Develop hobbies such as drawing, gardening, etc., or spending time with family and friends, etc.

4. Pranayama breathing techniques to rejuvenate your brain cells.

5. Receive panchakarma therapy for complete detoxification and rejuvenation of the body and mind—mainly nasya and oleation procedures.

Nasya Therapy (Nasal Medication)

All medications and therapies administered through the nasal passage are referred to as Nasya.

Nasya is a non-invasive herbal drug therapy that involves intranasal delivery of dry herbal powders or medicated oils.

It is a simple method to deliver the therapeutic agents into the central nervous system. The delivery is rapid, bypasses the blood/brain barrier, and directly targets the central nervous system, thereby reducing systemic exposure and side effects.

Nasya ensures the transport of lipophilic and lipid-soluble molecules across the blood/brain barrier membrane, where hydrophilic compounds demonstrate minimal permeation.

Oleation

Specific oleation procedures bring about increased cerebral flow and significant brain function activation.

Shirodhara is the continuous rhythmic dripping of medicated oil on the forehead. Shirobasti is retaining medicated oil over the head for specific period of time. Shiro Abhyanga is a therapeutic head massage. Shiro Seka entails pouring medicated oil over the head in a continuous stream.

These oleation procedures help in maintaining the restoration of necessary oxygen, blood supply and glucose to the brain cells. They also relax the tight junctions between endothelial cells in the central nervous system vessels and facilitate the entry of solutes and other components into the central nervous system.

6. Take rejuvenating Ayurvedic herbs to keep the brain cells well nourished.

Brahmi and Shankhpushpi

Brahmi and Shankhpushpi are nervine tonics for improvement of memory and cognitive function. They have neuropharmacological effects and nootropic actions.

Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) calms the nerves by regulating the body’s production of the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. It is also recommended for nervous disorders such as stress, anxiety, mental fatigue, and insomnia.

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is a therapeutic agent against epilepsy and insomnia. It is an excellent brain tonic that supplies oxygen to the brain and provides natural nutrients to the brain for proper functioning. It is an excellent remedy for brain disorders such as weak concentration, weak memory and dementia of old people.

Madhukaparni

Madhukaparni (Centella asiatica) is an important rejuvenating herb that revitalizes the nerves and brain cells. It improves immunity, longevity, intelligence, memory and overall brain functions.

It helps in relaxation and can protect against nervous breakdowns. It balances amino acid levels, which is beneficial in treating depression. It also prevents cognitive impairment.

Jyotishmati

Jyotishmati (Celastrus paniculatus) sharpens memory and improves concentration and cognitive function.

Jatamansi

Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi) has powerful antioxidant properties, useful in restoring memory in age associated dementia.

Guggulu

Guggulu (Commiphora mukkul) is a potential anti-dementia drug.

Turmeric

Turmeric, or haridra (Curcuma longa), is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial. Turmeric’s excellent antioxidant activity renders it a potent neuroprotective herb, helpful in the management of diseases such as Alzheimer and Parkinson’s. Researchers continue to study curcumin in relation to normal cell growth and normal brain function.

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is used as a mood stabilizer in clinical conditions of anxiety and depression.

It possesses rejuvenating properties and reduces oxidative stress, thereby preventing mental fatigue. It enhances the overall energy of the body, helps relieve stress naturally and provides calmness to the brain. It gives quick relief from fatigue, sleeplessness and tiredness of brain and body.

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About Dr. Lakshmi Anoop

Dr. Lakshmi Anoop is an Ayurveda consultant, Head of Panchakarma Department and Editor of Ayurveda Newsletter at Chakrapani Ayurveda Clinic & Research Center, Jaipur, India. She has handled Ayurveda trainings and workshops, conducted research in Ayurveda and written articles for various health magazines. Learn more on her Facebook page and website.

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