Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that occurs gradually and results in memory loss, unusual behavior, personality changes, and a decline in thinking abilities. These losses are related to the death of brain cells and the breakdown of the connections between them. The course of this disease varies from person to person, as does the rate of decline. On average, AD patients live for 8 to 10 years after they are diagnosed; however, the disease can last for up to 20 years.

Alzheimers Disease (AD) advances by stages, from early, mild forgetfulness to severe dementia. Dementia is the loss of mental function. In most people with AD, symptoms first appear after age 60. The earliest symptoms often include loss of recent memory, faulty judgment, and changes in personality. Often, people in the initial stages of AD think less clearly and forget the names of familiar people and common objects. Later in the disease, they may forget how to do simple tasks like washing their hands. Eventually, people with AD lose all reasoning abilities and become dependent on other people for their everyday care. Finally, the disease becomes so debilitating that patients are bedridden and likely to develop coexisting illnesses. Most commonly, people with AD die from pneumonia.

The risk of developing AD increases with age, but AD and dementia symptoms are not a part of normal aging. AD and other dementing disorders in old age are caused by diseases. In the absence of a disease, the human brain often can function well into the tenth decade of life and beyond. Information obtained from National Institute on Aging.

Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. The most common form of dementia among older people is Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which involves the parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language. Although scientists are learning more every day, right now they still do not know what causes AD, and there is no cure.

Scientists think that as many as 4.5 million Americans suffer from AD. The disease usually begins after age 60, and risk goes up with age. While younger people also may get AD, it is much less common. About 5 percent of men and women ages 65 to 74 have AD, and nearly half of those age 85 and older may have the disease. It is important to note, however, that AD is not a normal part of aging.

AD is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German doctor. In 1906, Dr. Alzheimer noticed changes in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of an unusual mental illness. He found abnormal clumps (now called amyloid plaques) and tangled bundles of fibers (now called neurofibrillary tangles). Today, these plaques and tangles in the brain are considered signs of AD.

Scientists also have found other brain changes in people with AD. Nerve cells die in areas of the brain that are vital to memory and other mental abilities. There also are lower levels of some of the chemicals in the brain that carry messages back and forth between nerve cells. AD may impair thinking and memory by disrupting these messages.

What Causes AD? Scientists do not yet fully understand what causes AD. There probably is not one single cause, but several factors that affect each person differently. Age is the most important known risk factor for AD. The number of people with the disease doubles every 5 years beyond age 65.

Family history is another risk factor. Scientists believe that genetics may play a role in many AD cases. For example, familial AD, a rare form of AD that usually occurs between the ages of 30 and 60, is inherited. The more common form of AD is known as late-onset. It occurs later in life, and no obvious inheritance pattern is seen. However, several risk factor genes may interact with each other to cause the disease. The only risk factor gene identified so far for late-onset AD, is a gene that makes one form of a protein called apolipoprotein E (apoE). Everyone has apoE, which helps carry cholesterol in the blood. It is likely that other genes also may increase the risk of AD or protect against AD, but they remain to be discovered. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, is sponsoring the AD Genetics Initiative to recruit families with AD to learn more about risk factor genes. To participate in this study, families should contact the National Cell Repository for AD toll-free at 1-800-526-2839 or send an e-mail to: alzstudy@iupui.edu.

Scientists still need to learn a lot more about what causes AD. In addition to genetics and apoE, they are studying education, diet, and environment to learn what role they might play in the development of this disease. Scientists are finding increasing evidence that some of the risk factors for heart disease and stroke, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and low levels of the vitamin folate, may predispose people to AD. Evidence for physical, mental, and social activities as protective factors against AD is also increasing.

What Are the Symptoms of AD? AD begins slowly. At first, the only symptom may be mild forgetfulness. In this stage, people may have trouble remembering recent events, activities, or the names of familiar people or things. They may not be able to solve simple math problems. Such difficulties may be a bother, but usually they are not serious enough to cause alarm.

However, as the disease goes on, symptoms are more easily noticed and become serious enough to cause people with AD or their family members to seek medical help. For example, people in the middle stages of AD may forget how to do simple tasks, like brushing their teeth or combing their hair. They can no longer think clearly. They begin to have problems speaking, under-standing, reading, or writing. Later on, people with AD may become anxious or aggressive, or wander away from home. Eventually, patients need total care.

How is AD Diagnosed? An early, accurate diagnosis of AD helps patients and their families plan for the future. It gives them time to discuss care while the patient can still take part in making decisions. Early diagnosis will also offer the best chance to treat the symptoms of the disease.

Today, the only definite way to diagnose AD is to find out whether there are plaques and tangles in brain tissue. To look at brain tissue, how-ever, doctors must wait until they do an autopsy, which is an examination of the body done after a person dies. Therefore, doctors can only make a diagnosis of “possible” or “probable” AD while the person is still alive.

At specialized centers, doctors can diagnose AD correctly up to 90 percent of the time. Doctors use several tools to diagnose “probable” AD, including: questions about the person’s general health, past medical problems, and the history of any difficulties the person has carrying out daily activities, tests of memory, problem solving, attention, counting, and language, medical tests-such as tests of blood, urine, or spinal fluid, and brain scans. Some of these test results help the doctor find other possible causes of the person’s symptoms. For example, thyroid problems, drug reactions, depression, brain tumors, and blood vessel disease in the brain can cause AD-like symptoms. Some of these other conditions can be treated successfully.

Recently, scientists have focused on a type of memory change called mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which is different from both AD and normal age-related memory change. People with MCI have ongoing memory problems, but they do not have other losses like confusion, attention problems, and difficulty with language. Scientists funded by the NIA are studying information collected from the Memory Impairment Study to learn whether early diagnosis and treatment of MCI might prevent or slow further memory loss, including the development of AD.

Scientists are finding that damage to parts of the brain involved in memory, such as the hippocampus, can sometimes be seen on brain scans before symptoms of the disease occur. The NIA will be funding the AD Neuroimaging Initiative, a study that will find out whether brain scans can diagnose AD early. These brain scans and other potential “biomarkers” have the potential for speeding the testing of drugs for MCI and AD.

How is AD Treated? AD is a slow disease, starting with mild memory problems and ending with severe brain damage. The course the disease takes and how fast changes occur vary from person to person. On average, AD patients live from 8 to 10 years after they are diagnosed, though the disease can last for as many as 20 years.

No treatment can stop AD. However, for some people in the early and middle stages of the disease, the drugs tacrine (Cognex), donepezil (Aricept), rivastigmine (Exelon), or galantamine (Razadyne, formerly known as Reminyl) may help prevent some symptoms from becoming worse for a limited time. Another drug, memantine (Namenda), has been approved for treatment of moderate to severe AD. Also, some medicines may help control behavioral symptoms of AD such as sleeplessness, agitation, wandering, anxiety, and depression. Treating these symptoms often makes patients more comfortable and makes their care easier for caregivers.

Developing new treatments for AD is an active area of research. Scientists are testing a number of drugs to see if they prevent AD, slow the disease, or help reduce symptoms.

There is evidence that inflammation in the brain may contribute to AD damage. Some scientists believe that drugs such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) might help slow the progression of AD, although recent studies of two of these drugs, rofecoxib (Vioxx) and naproxen (Aleve), have shown that they did not delay the progression of AD in people who already have the disease. Now, scientists are studying the NSAIDs celecoxib (Celebrex) and naproxen to find out if they can slow the onset of the disease.

Research has shown that vitamin E slows the progress of some consequences of AD by about 7 months. Scientists now are studying vitamin E to learn whether it can prevent or delay AD in patients with MCI.

Recent research suggests that ginkgo biloba may be of some help in treating AD symptoms. There is no evidence that ginkgo will cure or prevent AD. Scientists now are trying to find out whether ginkgo biloba can delay or prevent dementia in older people.

Recent findings from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) highlight the importance of clinical trials, which are studies to find out whether a treatment is both safe and effective. Earlier studies had suggested that the hormone replacement therapy that millions of women take after menopause may be protective against AD. However, the WHI clinical trial found an increased risk of AD in women taking hormones as compared with those taking an inactive pill. The trial used a commonly pre-scribed pill combining estrogens and progesterone. Further studies on estrogen alone and other hormone preparations, such as the estrogen patch, continue.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Progressing through Three Stages In people with Alzheimer’s disease, changes in the brain may begin 10 to 20 years before any visible signs or symptoms appear. Some regions of the brain may begin to shrink, resulting in memory loss, the first visible sign of Alzheimer’s disease.

Over time, Alzheimer’s disease progresses through three main stages: mild, moderate, and severe. Because there is currently no way of looking inside a living brain to see the damage Alzheimer’s disease causes, these stages are characterized by a collection of signs and symptoms and behaviors the people with Alzheimer’s disease experience stages.

Stage I: Mild Alzheimer’s disease People with mild Alzheimer’s disease often seem healthy, but they are actually having trouble making sense of the world around them. It often takes time for an observer to realize that something is wrong because the initial symptoms are often confused with changes that take place in normal aging. Signs and symptoms of mild Alzheimer’s disease can include:

Memory loss and changes in expressive speech. Confusion about the location of familiar places. Taking longer to finish routine, daily tasks. Difficulty with simple math problems and related issues like handling money, paying bills, or balancing a checkbook. Poor judgment which leads to bad decisions. Mood and personality changes increased anxiety.

Stage II: Moderate Alzheimer’s disease. In moderate Alzheimer’s disease, the damaging processes occurring in the brain worsen and spread to other areas that control language, reasoning, sensory processing, and thought. In this stage, signs and symptoms become more pronounced and behavioral problems can occur. Signs and symptoms of moderate Alzheimer’s disease can include:

Increased memory loss

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Turmeric–Turmeric is an extremely effective anti-inflammatory herb, and thus an effective pain reliever. It contains at least two chemicals (curcumin and curcuminoids) which decrease inflammation (and are very much like the oft-prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which cross the Blood Brain Barrier and reduce inflammation in the brain and clean the blood.

#3404 Ginger root – click to see –
Tasty, aromatic ginger is a time-tested medicine for stomach distress, and it is used by nearly every population in the world. Ginger’s effect on motion sickness and nausea has been thoroughly proven, so it’s not surprising that European practitioners use this herb for almost any type of indigestion.1 It reduces spasm, absorbs and neutralizes toxins in the digestive tract and increases digestive secretions, including bile and saliva.2 Ginger contains ingredients that soothe the gastrointestinal tract and aid digestion by increasing the peristalsis that moves food through the gut.3 A study from India demonstrated that ginger speeds up the time it takes the stomach to empty, a benefit for feelings of abdominal discomfort and bloating.4

Ginger Root – click to see –is very safe, so you can consume it as desired in food, or use up to 3 grams per day in capsules, or use 1 teaspoon of chopped fresh root, brewed as tea, 3 times a day.

#3043 Astragalus It’s not often that a powerful herb tastes like delicious soup, but this potent Chinese energizer and immune builder proves to be the exception.

Used to assist healing from chronic illness and as a stamina tonic, Astragalus boosts energy, increases stress adaptation, is particularly antiviral, and amplifies the efficiency of many types of immune function.5 Traditionally, night sweats, wasting disorders, chronic ulceration’s and sores, numbness, and edema called for using Astragalus.6

This root is preferred for long-term prevention, but it can be used for acute cold and flu, and it will produce improvement in almost every case.7,8 Chinese families regularly add Astragalus to the family stewpot during the cold season so that everyone can get a daily immune boost. Astragalus is a popular immune enhancer for children who have frequent infections. According to Chinese medicine, Astragalus also fortifies the lungs, so it forms the backbone of a program to prevent and treat respiratory infection.

Many studies have shown its ability to augment immune function, including activity against Coxsackie virus, a flu-like virus that mainly affects children.9,10,11 Polysaccharides, similar to those in Echinacea and shiitake mushrooms, and hormone-like compounds called saponins are credited with many of the herb’s benefits.12 There may be dozens of other active constituents, many of which may be synergistic or supportive of the known active chemicals in Astragalus. Astragalus Root Capsules – click to see –unlike most Chinese medicinal plants, actually tastes surprisingly good as a tea, with a velvety texture and a sweet, buttery taste. For a broth that’s almost like chicken soup, cook the roots into a soup stock, or make an herbal tea and use that to cook rice or another grain. Use 6-30 drops per day, during the cold season or to replenish a burned out immune system.

#3407 Ginkgo leaf – click to see –
Ginkgo is an herb that offers promise for treating a large collection of brain, nerve, and circulatory conditions. It is the most widely-prescribed phytopharmaceutical in the world, with well over 200 published studies to its credit.

Ginkgo acts by increasing blood flow to the brain and central nervous system as well as promoting peripheral circulation, and it exerts a protective effect on cells in general and nerve cells in particular.13 Ginkgo’s unusual biochemical properties lend it to treating memory loss and cognition disorders.

Modern investigations have focused on a standardized extract of the leaf, known as EGb761, a concentrate of about 50:1. The resulting ginkgo biloba extract (GBE) contains a consistent 24% flavonoid glycosides and 6% terpene lactones. Ginkgo leaf is very safe; side effects are almost nonexistent.

By all accounts, one of the most dramatic properties of ginkgo is on memory, where it improves concentration, short- and long-term memory, absentmindedness, confusion and fatigue.14,15 One interesting French study measured the effect on mental function and found improved vigilance, learning, and memory in volunteers with an average age of 29. The effects were measurable within 30 minutes of taking the herb, peaking at two to three hours, with benefits continuing over several days. Most results are not that immediate, however. Most studies note improvement after one month, with benefits still increasing at six months.

Use the most concentrated form , tincture, 6-30 drops per day.

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Here’s an herb with a long history of brain building. Gotu kola is a mainstay of herbal medicine in Ayurveda, and sneaked into European treatment many years ago. It was used in France in the 1880s. A standout herb for the nervous system, gotu kola has a host of benefits for neurological recovery and cognition.16

The plant is a jungle creeper that grows in hot moist climates in the South and Southeast Asian tropics, from India to the Philippines, and is commonly eaten raw as a green vegetable, with many different kinds of foods, much like a salad. The herb is exceptionally high in B-complex vitamins, especially in B-1, B-2 and B-6, all of which are essential nutrients for the nervous system.

Gotu kola leaf is also called brahmi, which means “godlike,” a nod to its anti-aging properties and to its use as an aid to cognition. It has a bitter taste and is cooling to the body. Used to promote circulation, especially to the blood vessels of the skin and mucous membranes, it is a rejuvenator for the nerves and brain. As the main South Asian herb for the nervous system, it is used both in the repair of nerve tissues from crushing trauma, such as spinal injury, neuromuscular disorders, and to increase general brain function, memory, concentration, and mental acuity.

Gotu kola leaf strengthens memory, concentration, and intelligence, and promotes longevity.17 This remedy is used to treat disorders as diverse as epilepsy, senility, hair loss, and psoriasis.

A study in rats showed an impressive improvement in memory. The treated rats were able to retain learned behavior 3 to 60 times better than the control rats.18 A Korean study shows that the constituents in gotu kola show potential for treating Alzheimer’s disease. Follow-up animal research from India used gotu kola tea to improve cognitive behavior in two different types of experiments in a laboratory model.20

Gotu kola leaf is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.21,22 The active substances in gotu kola are thought to be triterpenes (steroid-like compounds), which have a balancing effect on connective tissues. These triterpenes improve the function and integrity of the collagen matrix and support the ground substance, the basic glue that holds the cells of our bodies together.

Since gotu kola is basically a mild salad vegetable, the dose can be very high. Try one to four teaspoonfuls of fresh juice every morning. For acute skin disease, use one to two ounces of dry herb, by weight, as a tea, per day. Many people use a modest dose of 6-24 drops per day in tinctures for daily rejuvenation. It is often taken with ghee, clarified butter. Try a cup of gotu kola tea with honey before meditation.

#3170 Calamus root – click to see –
Calamus is a major herb for the mind in Asian medicine. It is said to stimulate the power of self-expression and to enhance intelligence. Ancient yogis and seers used this herb. The root promotes circulation to the brain, heightens memory, enhances awareness, and increases communication and self-expression.

It is a bitter herb that acts as an anti-gas digestive aid and mucolytic, so it sees use in autism. Calamus also has warming respiratory functions.

This herb is often combined with gotu kola, which is cooling and mild. The complementary energetics makes the combination suitable for a wide variety of people.

In attention deficit conditions, it combines well with Gotu kola leaf, – click to see –valerian, and licorice. Over the long term, calamus will warm the body and pacify the mind.

I have made extensive observation of people using calamus to treat epilepsy, especially juvenile petit mal (absence) seizures, and it is dramatically effective, often completely replacing anticonvulsant medication. (Caution: do not treat epilepsy casually. It is a serious and complicated condition, with many causes, and a collection of associated family and social issues.) Cross taper the dose of calamus with the medication, with close monitoring. Always consult a qualified professional.

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.23 Calamus Root Is quite emetic in doses not much larger than the suggested dose, and it may not be compatible for coadministration with other psychoactive drugs, although little is known about these concerns.

It seems almost a shame to use such a powerful and valuable herb on common stomach and lung problems, but calamus is quite serviceable for dyspepsia. For cough, combine it with Licorice Root. – click to see –

In the British herbal tradition, calamus root is thought to be a stomach acid balancer. A dose of up to 10drops of tincture per day will reduce acid, while higher doses stimulate acid production.25

Calamus Root – click to see – is a potent herb, so the effective dose is quite reasonable, which increases compliance. Use 6-30 drops per day. Work up gradually to the effective dose.

Seizures (see SEIZURES)

Obviously, treating seizures with natural remedies is a tricky area. There must necessarily be much overlap with medical practice, and it absolutely requires medical overview.

However, we should be reminded that epilepsy is a clinical diagnosis, not an assessment made by EEG. If the seizures are improving, presumably that is to the good. This condition has great potential for drugs and natural medicine in combination.

#3552 Lobelia leaf  – click to see –

Lobelia leaf is a classic American remedy for preventing and treating seizures and has a very long record of exceptional success. American herbalists report that, often, this herb alone, with daily preventive doses, will be curative over a few months. There is essentially no science behind this herb, so we are relying on case reports from a century ago and recent clinical observations of practitioners.

Consider using the therapeutic dose in tea, tincture, or capsules for prevention. Use the tincture sublingually and massage this liquid into the base of the skull during a seizure to bring rapid relief. The pure acidified seed tincture may be stronger than the acidified fresh herb tincture, which, in turn, is stronger than the dry herb. Vinegar extract (tincture) is also a possibility.

Lobelia can be nauseating. It is important to increase the dose carefully to the therapeutic levels, which can vary a lot depending on the needs of the case, so this must be determined on a case-by-case basis. The typical daily dose is 5 grams in tea or capsules; for tincture 20-30 drops. These all refer to divided doses, taken with food. The patient can go higher if needed and tolerated.

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Black cohosh root has a history of noted anti-seizure activity. Although now known more for other applications, this herb was used extensively in the past as a relaxant. Use 20-30 drops per day.

Shortened attention span

Difficulty recognizing friends and family

Problems with language, including speech, reading, comprehension, and writing,

Difficulty organizing thoughts.

Inability to learn new things or cope with unexpected situations.

Restlessness, agitation, anxiety, tearfulness, and wandering, especially in the late afternoon or evening (sometimes called sundowning).

Anxiety, Depression, PTSD

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Repetitive statements or movements.

Hallucinations, delusions, suspiciousness, or paranoia Loss of impulse control (for example, sloppy table manners, undressing at inappropriate times or inappropriate places, vulgar language).

Stage III: Severe Alzheimer’s disease. In the last stage of Alzheimer’s disease, damage to the brain’s nerve cells is widespread. At this point, full-time care is typically required. For friends, family, and caregivers, this can be the most difficult stage. All sense of self seems to vanish. People with severe Alzheimer’s disease may be bedridden for long periods of time, and they often die from other illnesses, such as pneumonia. Signs of severe Alzheimer’s disease may include:

Complete loss of language and memory.

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Seizures, skin infections, and difficulty swallowing.

Seizures

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Groaning, moaning, or grunting.

Increased sleeping,

Lack of bladder and bowel control.

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Loss of physical coordination.

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