Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause behind memory loss. In Ayurveda, it can be closely related to Smriti Brahamsha. According to Ayurveda, Smrithi Bhramsha occurs due to the vitiation of vata dosha in the body. Along with a few herbs and a healthy lifestyle, one can preserve memory.

Alzheimer’s is an age-related disease. It’s a progressive neurodegenerative disease that hinders the memory, behavior, and personality of the patient. A person suffering from Alzheimer’s disease have amyloid plaques (toxic build up around the nerve cells) in the brain. These plaques lead to damaged communication between the nerve cells. This damage will start spreading in the brain to the different areas. Ultimately it will interfere with the memory, learning, language problems, and behavioral changes.

Risk factors

  • Age (riskier after 65 years of age)
  • Down’s syndrome (they have an extra protein that develops Alzheimer’s)
  • A family history of memory loss (dementia).
  • Lifestyle habits like diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and sedentary lifestyle.

Early signs and symptoms

  • Memory loss (disturbing daily life activities)
  • Confusion
  • Vision problem
  • Forgetting words
  • Bad decision making

Ayurvedic Therapy

Nasya (Nasal therapy)

Nasya is a type of Panchakarma procedure. It is amazingly powerful therapy as it directly moves across the blood-brain barrier. It targets the central nervous system to cleanse and nourish the area. To know more about the procedure click here.

Shirodhara

Shirodhara is a specific panchakarma treatment for the psychic and psychosomatic diseases. It is a process of pouring medicated oil, milk, decoction or buttermilk (depending upon the disease) on the head. In this process, oil or any other preparation is poured gently into a continuous stream. This therapy has the ability to prevent and cure Alzheimer’s disease.

Massage

Ayurveda considers massage as one of the main parts of a daily regimen. According to Ayurveda, massage is known as “Abhyanga.” Ayurvedic massage is not simply an application of oil to the body. It is a complete therapy as it improves our blood circulation and nourishes the body. For the daily purpose, it is best to use sesame oil for massage.

Ayurvedic Herbs for Alzheimer’s disease

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)

Ayurveda considers Brahmi as one of the best nerve tonic. Constant use of Brahmi improves cognitive functions and memory of the person.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Ashwagandha is a rejuvenating herb. It is best known for its calming effects on the brain.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Turmeric is best anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal. It is beneficial in reducing the accumulation of plaque from the nerves in Alzheimer’s disease.