Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person's ability to carry out daily activities.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia among older people. It involves parts of brain that control thought, memory, and language. It usually begins after age 60, and risk goes up with age. While young people may get the disease, it is much less common.
3% of men and women ages 65-74 have Alzheimer's disease, & nearly half of those age 85 and older may have the disease. It is important to note, however that Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging.
There are brain changes with Alzheimer's disease. There is a loss of nerve cells in areas of the brain that are vital to memory & other mental abilities. There are also lower levels of chemicals in the brain that carry complex messages back and forth between nerve cells.
Alzheimer's disease may disrupt normal thinking and memory by blocking these messages between nerve cells.
Causes /Risk factors:
1-Age, number of people doubles every 5 years beyond age 65.
2-Family history, familial Alzheimer's a rare form of Alzheimer's occurs between ages 30-60.
However no family pattern is seen in the form of Alzheimer's happening in old age. Apolipoprotein E, or apoE gene which helps carry cholesterol in BL, has three forms.
One form seems to protect a person from Alzheimer's disease, & another type seems to make a person more likely to develop the disease.
Signs & symptoms:
1-Forgetfulness Difficulty remembering recent events, activities, or names of familiar people or things, simple math becomes hard to solve.
2-Speaking, understanding, reading or writing problems.
3-Anxiety or aggression wandering away from home.
Plaques and tangles in brain tissue are the only definite way to diagnose Alzheimer's disease, doctors must wait until they do an autopsy, which is done after a person dies.
1- A complete medical history, including general health, past medical problems, difficulty carrying out daily activities.
2- Medical tests, Blood, urine, spinal fluid test to find out other possible diseases causing the symptoms.
3- Neuropsycho-logical test to measure memory, problem solving, attention, counting, and language.
4- Brain scan, to allow doctor to look at a picture of the brain.
These info will help doctor rule out other causes, like: Thyroid problems, drug reaction, depression, brain tumours, and Blood vessel disease in brain that manifest like the Alzheimer's disease.
How do Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine treat Alzheimer's Disease?
Symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and most forms of dementia, such as memory loss are associated with Kidneys and Heart according to Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can improve Kidney and Heart and the memory function. Usually Alzheimer's patients have other symptoms like digestive issues, which can all be holistically addressed with a herbal decoction. Scalp and auricular acupuncture can also play a very important role in improving patients' memory.
The most important thing is to address the disease and start the treatment in it's early stages, before it becomes impossible for the patient to follow an acupuncture or herbal regimen.
Acupuncture, Herbs, Reiki