A number of studies have shown that acupuncture can also have a positive effect on Alzheimer’s disease, improving mood as well as cognitive skills. Learn more about acupuncture and what it can do to help people living with Alzheimer’s.
HERBS AND ALZHEIMER TREATMENT
Herbology is another component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). A TCM practitioner will prescribe an herbal remedy specific to the patient-there is no “one size fits all” remedy in TCM. So, two patients who both have dementia and seek Chinese herbs could be prescribed very different mixtures. However, there are several Chinese herbs that are well known for their ability to assist in cognitive function and prevent memory loss. Ginkgo biloba (Ginkgoaceae) is an ancient Chinese tree that has been cultivated and held sacred for its health-promoting properties. There is substantial experimental evidence to support the view that the leaf extract of Ginkgo biloba (EGb) has many pharmacological effects including helping the mind stay sharp, and strengthening memory. Radix Ginseng is Chinese herb that has been used since ancient times for neurological benefits. Its active compounds, including total ginsenosides, ginsenoside Rg1, and panaxynol, were found to possess central cholinomimetic and catecholaminomimetic activity, and can help balance the central nervous system as well as promote neuronal plasticity and neurogenesis (the birth of new neurons, which is crucial for learning and memory). Another such herb is Danshen Root, which can inhibit inflammation in the brain. In essence, acupuncture studies have verified its use enhances the speed at which the brain will function correctly using it’s own neurotransmitters in memory and cognitive activity.
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