Alzheimer’s: Ayurveda Insights to improve quality of life

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Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that affects millions of people worldwide, causing memory loss, cognitive decline, and a decline in overall quality of life. Living with Alzheimer’s disease can be a difficult journey, both for the individuals affected and their caregivers. While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, several conventional treatments aim to manage its symptoms and slow down its progression. It’s crucial to focus on maintaining the best possible quality of life, and Ayurveda can play a valuable role in achieving this goal.

In India, the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise due to factors like an aging population and changing lifestyle patterns. It is estimated that over 4 million people in India are living with Alzheimer’s, and this number is expected to double by 2030. Alzheimer’s has a profound impact on families and caregivers. The emotional, physical, and financial strain can be significant. Nowadays, awareness about Alzheimer’s in India is growing, but there is still a need for increased education and resources for early diagnosis and intervention.

Ayurveda insights and preventive tips for Alzheimer’s

Food for thought, quite literally!

Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of a balanced diet to support mental health. Incorporate foods rich in antioxidants, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, to protect brain cells from oxidative stress. Avoid processed foods and focus on fresh, organic, and nutrient-dense options. Intake of warm, cooked meals over raw or cold ones is recommended as they are easy on digestion and can help balance the doshas.

Exercise, Yoga and Meditation

Exercise and other types of physical activities have very positive effects on overall health (such as cardiovascular health, preventing obesity, and more). Studies have shown that physical exercise may also play a role in reducing the risk for Alzheimer’s disease as well as age-related cognitive decline. Regular yoga and meditation practice can help reduce stress, improve concentration, and enhance overall mental well-being. Simple breathing exercises such as Pranayama can also be beneficial.

Lifestyle Changes for clarity of thought! 

Maintain a structured daily routine and avoid excessive mental or physical strain. Balance work, leisure, and rest to support overall well-being. Ensure you get enough restorative sleep, as sleep disturbances can exacerbate cognitive decline. Create a calming bedtime routine and maintain a consistent sleep schedule.

Herbal Supplements and Medicines

Certain Ayurvedic herbs like Brahmi and Ashwagandha have been shown to support cognitive function. Other herbal teas like Gotu Kola or Tulsi are also popular as these herbs are known for their cognitive-enhancing properties. These should be taken under the advice of Ayurveda doctors to determine the appropriate dosage and combination of herbs for your specific needs.

Panchakarma and Self-care rituals

Detoxification through Panchakarma can help remove toxins from the body and promote better mental and physical health. These therapies for preventive health are personalized recommendations by an Ayurveda doctor. Certain self-care practices such as Nasal Cleansing (Nasya) involve the administration of herbal oils or powders into the nasal passages. It can help alleviate issues related to the brain and improve mental function. Abhyanga (Self-Massage) with warm oils, such as sesame or coconut oil, can promote relaxation, improve circulation, and support mental clarity.

Conventional treatments, combined with Ayurveda, can significantly enhance quality of life. As Alzheimer’s continues to affect a growing number of people in India, it is crucial to advocate for increased awareness, research, and accessible healthcare resources for those impacted by this condition. At AyurVAID, our expert physicians specializing in neurodegenerative health can help you with the prevention of cognitive function decline and enhance the quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients.

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