Enhance brain activity with Ayurveda
"Memory is the treasure house of the mind wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved" - Thomas Fuller
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease and is considered as the most common cause of dementia. Early stage symptoms are mild memory loss and late stage symptoms are inability of an individual to carry on a conversation and to appropriately respond to the environment. Alzheimer’s disease is usually diagnosed in advanced stages as it does not show distinct symptoms in its onset.
Ayurvedic perspective on Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease can be classified under vatta imbalance doshas. It is similar to a vatta based disorder called “Smriti nasha” i.e. loss of memory – the primary symptom of Alzheimer’s disease.
What causes Alzheimer’s disease?
Vatta dosha prakop or vitiation is a result of irregular and unhealthy dietary and lifestyle habits. Modern medicine also agrees to the contributions of dietary, lifestyle, and mental factors in the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Accumulation of excessive vatta dosha elements in the brain region subsides kapha dosha, which is responsible for memory retention. Because of deficiency of kapha dosha and excess vatta dosha, the patient develops a hazy memory and diminished mental ability.
Alzheimer’s disease generally develops in age group of 65 and up as that is the age when vatta dosha is dominant in the body. However, individuals under the age of 65 have also been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Causes of Vatta Imbalance:
• Irregular meal times
• Excessive fasting
• Consuming unhealthy food
• Needless eating
• Frequent snacking before meals
• Frequent travelling
• Erratic sleep cycle
• Inadequate sleep
• Excessive sexual intercourse
• Physical exertion
• High extreme emotions such as stress, anxiety, or sorrow
Ayurvedic Prevention of Alzheimer’s disease:
The fundamental method of prevention in Ayurveda is nidana parivarjanam. It means that one must avoid causal factors stated above, for comprehensive prevention.
Ayurvedic treatment for Alzheimer’s disease:
Ayurvedic treatment includes all vatta balancing factors like diet, lifestyle, and medicines.
Ayurvedic medicines for Alzheimer’s:
Ayurvedic herbs such as Brahmi, Shankhapushpi, Ashwagandha, etc. are scientifically proven to have an immense neuroprotective effect on the brain cells. Ayurvedic medicines help to slow down neurodegeneration and enhance brain activity in Alzheimer’s patients.
Ayurveda therapies for Alzheimer’s:
Panchakarma is one of the primary pillars of Alzheimer’s disease treatment. Panchakarma therapy, especially basti procedure (therapeutic enema) helps balance vitiated vatta dosha.
Meditation for Alzheimer’s:
One of the critical factors for Alzheimer’s disease is the state of mind. People who have a history of severe stress or depression are prone to Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore meditation, mantra chanting, and similar Vedic rituals can have a positive effect on the mental health of the patient.
Ayurveda is a ray of hope to all Alzheimer’s patients through a natural healing and side-effects free treatment.