Dementia is defined as a mental weakness and it is associated with deterioration of the body and mind in elderly people. Different areas of the brain control different skills and abilities. When the mental functions such as memory, speech, orientation, or decision making are of impaired, it can be a direct result of how the brain is affected by dementia.
Causes of dementia
There are various diseases that are associated with dementia, and they are not linked with the age of the patient. These are the degenerative diseases as: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Vascular dementia and similar. Other causes of dementia include: drug addiction, anxiety, depression, stroke, bad nutrition
thyroid dysfunction and alcoholism. Other less common conditions that can accompany dementia are: urinary tract infection, multiple sclerosis, Wilson’s disease, brain tumor and AIDS.
Diagnosis of dementia
Proper diagnosis of degenerative brain diseases, such as dementia, requires professional assessment by a physician medical practice. Dementia is commonly associated with some states and conditions that are recognized by close family and friends.
Symptoms of dementia
Dementia is caused by the degeneration of brain cells. As a result, the symptoms of dementia can be: progressive memory loss, anorexia, confusion, making bad decision, inability to concentrate.
Treatment of dementia
Dementia is degenerative condition and individuals suffering from dementia may suffer deterioration over time.
Early recognition of symptoms of dementia allows adequate treatment, which will provide the highest quality of life and reduce the symptoms of senility. A thorough review and correct diagnosis are also very important in order to successfully create the management plan.
The combination of medication and herbal can support the brain and help in mental health. They also offer a safe and effective relief. Proper nutrition, regular exercise and healthy living is very important in maintaining mental clarity. As we age, it is very important to participate in stimulating activities because that will keep our minds active. And of course, do not forget the importance of social interaction, good friends and good family relationships.
Rosemary-herb that heals dementia
Rosemary is a plant that has a wide use in medicine. It is a popular spice and is used in phytototherapy, and cosmetic industry. The smell and aroma of rosemary is from it essential oil. It contains cineole, left and right camphor, borneol, pinene. Rosemary contains tannins and saponins and bitter substances that also contribute to the healing properties of this plant.
In ancient times, rosemary was considered to be a plant that improves memory. Senile dementia and memory impairment that is affected by free radicals can be treated with rosemary. It contains a compound that inhibits acetylcholine and it is the main reason the plant is used in treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The compounds are absorbed through the skin and massage of the affected areas with rosemary oil is proven to be effective. Aroma therapy including rosemary oil is used to treat depression. Cineole stimulates the central nervous system and it is very useful while treating all these kinds of conditions. Rosemary prevents operation of a highly reactive molecule of oxygen, which causes aging of the skin, stimulates circulation, promotes lymphatic drainage and increases muscle tone.
A team of scientists made a research about an effect that rosemary scent has on the brain. What they concluded was amazing. With just one sniff at the rosemary the people that were submitted to the research made a significant improvement in the scores of the test of recall and visualization tasks. This means that rosemary scent significantly improves cognitive functions of the brain, especially memory retention.
Rosemary mixture that improves memory
Rosemary can also be used as a tea; here is a recipe of a tea mixture that can significantly improve memory. This mixture contains:
• Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) 30g
• Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) 30g
• Sage (Salvia officinalis) 20g
• Basil (Ocymum bassilicum) 20g
Pour a half liter of boiling water over three teaspoons of the mixture. Strain and drink it during the day.
Rosemary can also be very effective used with Ginkgo biloba extract.