Complementary and alternative therapies and dementia.
The area of complementary and alternative medicine is little known in the United States and contentious by FDA standards Without FDA approval no agency, organization or non-profit wants to even talk about them, lest someone presumes that they are endorsing said complementary or alternative treatment. Consequently, you never even hear about most of these treatments or supplements.
Thanks to the internet however, some treatments are now being discussed:
- Music Therapy
- Aroma Therapy
- Special Diets/Herbal preparations/phytomedicine
- Prayer/Meditation/Hypnosis/Guided Imagery
But there are some more esoteric treatments, cures and preventative therapies that are very deeply buried and even most professionals don’t know about them. Many of these treatments have been used successfully for hundreds of years and therefore much more effective that the blander treatments like music and aroma therapies.
There are ancient cultures that have effectively been preventing, treating and curing dementia for centuries. Did you know that besides Western Herbal Medicine, there is Chinese Herbal Medicine, Kampo (Japanese Herbal Medicine, Ayurvedic Medicine, and Shamanic Healing.
I am going to focus in these lesser known treatments. There are plenty of websites that you can use to research the more common alternative therapies. What we will be presenting here are the Alzheimer’s treatments and cures that you probably never heard of.
Most of these treatments will fall under the broad term ‘Phytomedicine’. ‘Simply put ‘phyto’ means “of plants”, phytomedicine describes a scientific approach to these various herbal blends in standardised and concentrated levels or mixtures. Basically this is the first steps of researching treatments that have been used, in some cases, for hundreds of years.
For example, Choto-san is a mixture of 11 medicinal plants that supposedly has shown a significant improvementin symptoms of people who suffer from Vascular Dementia.
Kami-Umtan-To is a kampo mixture of 13 different plants which was used for years before modern medicine even defined Alzeheimer’s. A clinical trial with this KUT mixture was found to slow the decline of Alzheimer’s in a group that was given this preperation.
Recent studies on the use of the Yizhi capsule, a trational herbal medicine on patients with vascular dementia had positive results. But of course while improvement was seen, the evidence was not conclusive. Fortunately further study is now justified.
Yizhi capsule (YZC)– Initial studies on the use of this Chinese
traditional herbal medicine in patients with vascular dementia have
reported positive results, although the studies were not of a high
standard. Further research into this preparation seems justified, but
for now the evidence is inconclusive.