Category Archives: Dementia and mild cognitive impairment

Lipoic Acid: A Promising Alternative Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease

Lipoic acid: a promising alternative therapy for Alzheimer’s disease This is the fourth In a series on complementary and alternative and integrative treatments of dementia. Previous posts reviewed the evidence for dietary changes, multi-modal interventions and a promising natural product … Continue reading

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For Alzheimer’s Disease Limitations of Conventional Treatment Invite Complementary and Alternative Therapies

This is the second post in a series on complementary and alternative treatments of dementia. The previous post examined the evidence for diet in reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. This post begins with a short review of the … Continue reading

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A Chinese Herbal Extract that Holds Promise Against Alzheimer’s Disease

Limitations of mainstream treatments of Alzheimer’s disease Available prescription medications used to treat Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may temporarily lessen the severity of memory loss and other cognitive and behavioral symptoms associated with AD, but they do not correct its root … Continue reading

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Low Fat Diets Significantly Reduce Risk of Dementia

Diets low in saturated fat and total calories and moderate alcohol consumption reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease Diet may be the most important preventable risk factor in Alzheimer’s disease. Foods that increase the risk of Alzheimer’s include red meat, … Continue reading

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Cranioelectrotherapy Stimulation (CES): An Important Emerging Therapy

How cranioelectrotherapy stimulation works Cranioelectrotherapy stimulation (CES), also called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) or microcurrent electrical stimulation, is based on the application of extremely weak electrical current to the head and neck to treat anxiety, depressed mood, insomnia, and … Continue reading

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Exercise improves depressed mood, reduces anxiety and helps prevent dementia

How exercise works to improve depressed mood Many studies show that infrequent physical activity increases the risk of developing depressed mood. Physical exercise increases the levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and may enhance neural plasticity and new synapse formation. … Continue reading

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DHEA is effective against depressed mood but not cognitive impairment or psychosis

What it is and how it works in the brain Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a precursor of testosterone and other hormones. The sulfated form of DHEA—DHEA-S—is the most abundant steroid in the body. DHEA is an important neuroactive steroid and modulates … Continue reading

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Huperzine: A Chinese Herbal Treatment for Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Dementia

What it is and how it works Huperzine-A is an alkaloid compound derived from the herb Huperzia serrata and is an ingredient of herbal formulas used in Chinese medicine to treat Alzheimer disease and age-related cognitive decline. Animal studies show … Continue reading

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Dementia and mild cognitive impairment: managing symptoms from an integrative perspective

Dementia and mild cognitive impairment—a brief review Dementia is a chronic condition characterized by severe persisting impairments of short-term and long-term memory and severe deficits in other areas of cognitive functioning such as abstract reasoning, language, impaired capacity to perform … Continue reading

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