Basic description of the disease
Dementia is a broad term that describes a loss of thinking ability, memory, attention, logical reasoning, and other mental abilities. It is a clinical neuro-degenerative syndrome characterized by impaired memory.
Many things can cause dementia. It happens when the parts of brain used for learning, memory, decision making, and language are damaged or diseased.
Types of Dementia :
Dementia from Parkinson's disease and similar disorders
Dementia with Lewy bodies
Frontotemporal dementia (Pick's disease)
Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia.
Risk Factors for Dementia include certain physical and lifestyle factors that can raise dementia, including: Age, dementia in your family, diabetes, down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, depression, smoking, heavy alcohol use, poor diet, and lack of exercise, brain injury, strokes, infection of the brain (for example, meningitis and syphilis)
Modern medicine has not yet found a permanent cure for dementia.
Ayurveda is based on a holistic view of treatment which promotes and supports equilibrium in different aspects of human life: the body, mind, and soul.
Term used for dementia in Ayurveda is Smritivibhransha , where Smriti – means memory; vibhransha - destruction.
In Ayurveda Dementia is due to imbalance of Vata dosha
Ayurveda advocates the importance of a balanced diet for healthy brain functioning. An active and stress-free lifestyle helps in maintaining a sharp memory even as you age. Diet include: vegetables, fruits, proteins, healthy fats, vitamins minerals, green leafy vegetables, berries, virgin olive oil, dairy products.
External Ayurvedic therapy such as Shirodara, Abhyangam,Thalam, Siropichu,Sirovasthy,Dhoomapanam,Thala pothichil could be recommended by your Ayurvedic doctor, as well as other Ayurvedic detoxication therapies to reduce Vata Dosha dominance in the body.
Vedic science has many medicinal plants and formulations that are effective in slowing down brain aging and enhancing memory.
Ayurvedic medicines that are hailed for preventing and managing memory-related issues has been scientifically proven to work effectively. Most popular Ayurvedic Medicines for Dementia - Smriti Sagar Ras, Brento Forte , Brahmi Gritha
Devastating thoughts and emotions
The desire not to look the truth in the eye, to forget the present or past events. The mind protects against emotional pain. Therefore, Dementia is very common in single people who have either lost loved ones or been abandoned.
Turmeric - is one of the best medicines for improving memory and concentration
Ashwagandha - repairs and prevents brain cells from damage
Avoid – excess carbohydrate intake,
Avoid white bread, white flour, white sugar, pasta, processed food, Cheese
Regular exercise and other physical activities play an important role
Yoga and meditation is most helpful in disorders related to nervous system.