Nowadays, mental diseases are common in people, especially in old age. About 22 % people are living with these diseases in today's world. Ayurveda has extensively described and suggested natural remedies to offer some relief from signs and symptoms of these mental diseases and neurological disorders.
Some of these neurological diseases mentioned in ayurveda include epilepsy, depression, psychosis, memory loss, fainting, loss of consciousness, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia etc.
AD (Alzheimer's disease) and dementia are considered a neurodegenerative disorder of the brain characterised by memory loss and behaviour changes.
Dementia is generally divided into 3 stages based on progression of symptoms:
Early stage: involves forgetfulness and confusion in speech and language.
Middle Stage: involves difficulty to recollect, intensified confusion and sleep issues.
Late Stages: involves struggle in talking, distress and difficulty in understanding simple things.
In Ayurveda texts, Alzeimers Disease and dementia are referred as Smiriti-bhramsha (2). Sanskrit meaning of “Smitiri” is memory and “Bhramsha” is depleted. As per ayurvedic principles main reason for Smiriti-bhramsha is vata dosha imbalanced followed by brain’s dhatu (tissue, cells) weakening and depletion.
Ayuveda explained brain health, nerve functions and cognition is controlled by vata dosha energy. Vata also control the blood circulation and other moment related functions.
Balanced vata at celleular level not only make cells to use the nutrients to build tissues etc but also helps to remove the wastes.
So when vata at neuron levels gets vitiated, leads to accumulation of waste and toxins (ama) and may lead to the development of AD or Dementia.
Vata is dry in nature. Following ayurveda principles, AD and dementia could be considered as dryness or depletion of nourshment of brain cells and tissues. In Ayurveda internal and external oleation (with ayurvedic herbs and oils) of head region is mentioned to prevent or to address any vata disease of the nerve cells. Simultaneously dry diseases of gut like constipation etc (commonly found with AD and dementia) need to be addressed as well. Otherwise the proper absorption and supply of nutrients from gut to neurons may be compromised.
Nourishment of head with ayurvedic herbal oils eg is head massages, shirobasti, shirodhara may offer some support. Vata is dry, so these oleation (snehana) treatment aim to pacify imbalanced vata.
Herbs for Dementia, Alzheimer's disease treatment
It’s an age-associated condition practically very difficult to cure, so better to work on prevention or minimising progression:
The following ayurvedic herbs hve been used traditionally to offer some relief in the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and dementia along. Their effects may be enhanced along with conventional medicines.
Licorice (Glycerrhiza Glabra)
Tagar (Valeriana officinalis)
Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)
Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri)
Turmeric (Curcumin Longa)
Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia)
Guggulu (Commiphona myrrha)
The following Ayurvedic therapies may play a significant role in managing Alzheirer's disease and Dementia:
Shirodhara is an Ayurvedic therapy used in mental diseases. It involves gently pouring Ayurvedic oils or Ayurvedic decoction over the forehead. It helps with mental fatigue, stress and depression. It may also be recommended for patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia because as helps to improves the memory and behaviour.
Nasya is an Ayurvedic therapy in which Ayurvedic nasal drops are administered through the nostrils. It tends to help in neurological disorders and diseases concerned with the upper part of the body.
Yoga can also help preventing Alzheimer's disease and dementia in healthy individuals. Pranayamas are breathing techniques used in yoga. These techniques help rejuvenate the brain cells and improve memory and confidence. Yoga reduces stress, thus pacifies the factor involve in the progression of the Alzheimer's disease. Corpse pose and Seated forward bend pose are very effective in Alzheimer's disease.
Regular practice of Yoga and meditation may (5):
There are six pillars considered of a healthy brain. These lifestyle changes may help prevent and reduce the progress of Alzheimer's disease and dementia:
Although, there is no guaranteed treatment for Alzheimer's disease or dementia, but Ayurveda aims to help firstly by preventing and then by controlling the progress of these disease.
If you wish to enquire more information on Alzeimers dieases or Dementia Ayurvedic Natural Treatment in Melbourne, you may contact us at Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic.
Both Ayurvedic Practitioner Gurnam Saini and Pooja Saini have specialised in mental health in their nursing career and worked in both Public and Private hospital in Melbourne for number of years till 2019. Gurnam Saini holds a Post Gradute Diploma in Mental Health Nursing and Pooja Saini completed Master of Nursing in Mental Health. They have genuine passion to offer a better quality of life to people living with mental health conditions. They believe in active listening and therapeutic engagement of their clients.
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MD in Alternative Medicine from India
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Certificate in Ayurveda Pulse & Tongue diagnosis India
Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing from Melbourne
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