5 Herbs for Alzheimer's Disease

5 Herbs for Alzheimer's Disease

Written by Alex Reid
Posted January 8, 2013

Alzheimer’s disease—and the cost of allopathic treatment plans that proclaim to cure it—are on the rise. Here are 5 herbs to help you and your loved ones support Alzheimer’s health plans.

Lemon balm

The 16th century Swiss physician, Paracelsus, sold lemon balm to kings with the promise of inhibiting early senility. The herb continues to draw attention in modern-day laboratories for its potential to help Alzheimer’s patients. Professor Elaine Perry of the University of Newcastle tested the effect of balm on the enzyme and receptors responsible for helping the molecule acetylcholine transmit nerve signals. Although more research is necessary, lemon Balm extract stimulated the receptors successfully.

Sage

Sage was examined in the same Newcastle University study that reviewed lemon balm to help cognitive function. While balm stimulated the receptors, sage inhibited acetylcholinesterase in a similar way to the Alzheimer’s drug, Aricept.

Gingko Biloba

Known to improve blood flow, and oxygen, to the brain, Ginkgo may promote cognition and has caught the eye of western researchers. The University of Maryland Medical Center found that Ginkgo may help Alzheimer’s patients, and a 2010 study published in BMC Geriatrics found that the herb was more effective than a placebo in reducing Alzheimer’s-related dementia. A recent Chinese study found that, of 120 patients with mild cognitive impairment, the group treated with Gingko biloba leaf tablets for 6 months scored significantly higher in logical memory and nonsense picture recognition tests than the control group.

Cat’s Claw

One look at the cat’s claw vine will bring back memories of your first cat scratch. Originally occurring in the Amazon rainforest, natives used cat’s claw to help treat inflammation and inflammation-related conditions like arthritis. Studies of cat’s claw show that it dilates blood vessels, which might make it a helpful herb for Alzheimer’s patients, who don’t get enough blood flow and therefore oxygen in their brain cells.

Ginseng

In addition to diabetes, cancer, colds and flu, Asian and American gingseng have been studied for their potentially beneficial effects on Alzheimer’s patients. S. Q. Hu, author of a2008 article published in the Journal of Chinese Medicinal Materials, claims that American ginseng extracts reduced cell death in Alzheimer’s disease in animal studies.

Other Measures

In addition to consulting a holistic physician and utilizing these key herbs, those with early signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s should lower their stress levels, consume more vitamin E, and include more raw organic virgin coconut oil into their diets.

*Post courtesy of Dr. Edward Group, the founder and CEO of Global Healing Center. He has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and leads up the research and development team, assuming a hands-on approach in producing new and advanced degenerative disease products and information 

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