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Alzheimer’s Treatment

Alzheimer’s Treatment Natural Remedies

Alternative treatments and Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a degenerative brain disorder. It breaks down and destroys brain cells and the neurons that connect brain cells to one another. This damage causes a decline in memory, behavior, and mental capabilities.

There is no cure for AD. Science has not yet identified any treatments that can slow or halt the progression of this disorder. Researchers also do not know how to prevent the onset of AD.

Treatment focuses on creating a better quality of life for people with AD. Doctors address symptoms of the disease that can be managed. This can be done with traditional and alternative treatments.

It’s important to understand that alternative treatments for AD are not widely supported in the medical community. Some of these treatments have been found to be beneficial, while others have been debunked by studies. If you’re interested in alternative treatments, it’s important to talk with a doctor first.

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Coconut oil
Caprylic acid is a fatty acid found in processed coconut oil. The human body breaks down caprylic acid into the protein ketone. A similar protein is used in a drug called Ketasyn.

Some research has found that people who took Ketasyn had better memory performance and less cognitive decline. Some people are using coconut oil as a cheaper alternative to medicine that contains Ketasyn.

Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids may be beneficial in AD treatment. In one study, researchers found that regular consumption of omega-3 fatty acids reduced cognitive impairment. But, it’s important to note that this research was conducted in animals, not humans.

You can get more omega-3 fatty acids in your diet by eating fish, nuts, and some oils.

Coenzyme Q10
Alternative treatment advocates claim certain vitamins and minerals can prevent or stop AD. One such antioxidant is coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10. CoQ10 supplements are available in drug stores. This enzyme is important to healthy body functions. It’s now being studied as a possible treatment for AD.

Acupuncture
Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that is believed to promote self-healing by using fine, sterile needles. This therapy is thought to stimulate the body and improve the flow of energy.

According to some studies, acupuncture may improve mood and cognitive function in people with AD. A small study also showed that acupuncture improved mood, energy levels, and pain, but more research is still needed.

There is little risk with acupuncture done by a trained and licensed practitioner. It may be worth trying for other health benefits.

Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy uses essential oils to enhance well-being. One short-term study tested aromatherapy on a group of older adults, some with AD. At the end of the study, every person involved showed improvement in their thinking abilities. The essential oils used in the study included:

rosemary
lemon
lavender
orange
Larger studies still need to be conducted over longer periods of time to confirm these findings.

It is important to remember to never apply essential oils directly to the skin. Always dilute three to five drops in one ounce of a carrier oil such as almond oil.

Bright light therapy
Alzheimer’s disease affects the part of the brain that regulates the circadian rhythm, which tells the body when to sleep and wake up. AD can cause a disruption in your sleep and wake cycle. Some people have problems sleeping, which increases the risk of nighttime wandering. Bright light therapy may help.

Studies have found that light therapy helps restore balance to the sleep-wake cycle. Bright light therapy in the morning improved the nighttime sleep pattern in some people with AD. It also increased daytime wakefulness and reduced evening agitation.

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