Dementia is a lack of mental functioning, especially with memory. It affects language and speech, memory, perception, behaviors, personality changes, thinking, and judgment. Causes of dementia are numerous including thyroid or blood sugar problems, brain tumors, drug intoxication, chronic infections, anemia, depression, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, Lyme disease, B-12 deficiency, medications including some cholesterol lowering drugs, and alcoholism.
Dementia starts with forgetfulness and affects tasks, problem solving, losing familiar places or objects can get lost, and with low interest in life. When it gets worse people start forgetting events, reading writing, they have poor judgment, go into social isolation, have confused speech, and have hallucinations or delusions. At the worst, as dementia progresses further, the person can’t understand language, loses family recognition, forgets to eat and bathe, has incontinence problems, and has problems swallowing.
Medications like antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, serotonin, and even stimulants (amphetamines) are prescribed. Other brain drugs that have admitted little change or help but have a large array of side effects. Prognosis by modern medicine is certain furthering of dementia, loss of lifespan and quality of life. Dementia is not thought to be preventable. From the natural perspective we look for the cause whether it is physical, nutritional, and emotional or a chemical poisoning. The cause must be dealt with; this takes someone other than yourself. Find an herbalist, homeopath or natural practitioner.
Herbs for Dementia
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Use a combination of the following herbs in liquid, capsule or powder for maximum benefit, and adjust as your condition improves. Therapeutic dose is equal to one capsule of each herb or 1 liquid dropper squeeze full of an herbal tincture 3 times a day.
These herbs for dementia may slow, stop, or even reverse the progression, but it depends on the health of the person, the medications they are using, and their age.
American and/or Korean Ginseng is an adaptogenic herb for dementia for energy and reduces stress. It enhances the function of many types of receptors in the brain
Ginkgo biloba may help reduce many of the symptoms of Dementia and is used for tinnitus and sexual function.
Holy Basil is an adaptogen which can help calm the nerves. It also may improve memory and help with focus and meditation.
Lavender (Aromatherapy Essential Oil)—may increase the duration of sleep for cases with insomnia. Put a few drops into a cotton ball and put it in your pillow case before bed.
Skullcap may improve learning, memory, and calm the nerves.
Cell Salts to Help with Dementia
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
#2 Calc phos 6X – mental strain, repeating words, forgetful when frustrated
#9 Nat mur 6X – for grief of losing a loved one, dry skin, salt craving, losing names of people
#12 Silicea 6X – the delicate, cold, shy person
Dementia Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Anacardium (#1 Homeopathic for Dementia) – weak memory with a poor sense of self esteem; emotionally conflicted; may use cursing or be obscene; anger, alcohol or drug abuse.
Baryta carb (#2 Homeopathic for Dementia) – acts as a child, shy or timid, learning disability, emotionally backward.
Hyoscyamus (# 3 Homeopathic for Dementia)– behavior after loss of memories; touching; gestures with fingers, hands; loss of sexual inhibitions; jealous, suspicious, accusing others, agitated, belligerent, hostile, paranoid; person is either passive or manic.
Progressive Dementia Homeopathics
Aconitum – fears, claustrophobia, never well since a fright; panic attacks; fears death.
Agaricus – with health fears, muscle twitches and spasms; memory affected by over excitement; big fears of cancer.
Phosphorus – issues from over excitement and over sensitivity; fears of the dark and can have nose bleeds.
Plumbum met – slow progressive memory loss; can also have physical numbness or paralysis; may be self centered, rude or arrogant; hates children, may feel violent.
Source: Dave's Healing Notes