Are There Alternative Alzheimer's Treatments?

More and more people are turning to alternative methods to treat their medical conditions. For the condition Alzheimer’s there are several alternative treatments currently in use. However, before using any alternative treatment it is best to consult your doctor.

Alternative medicines vary in their dosages and effectiveness. There is no government agency that regulates their formulation or the effects that they may or may not have. Companies can volunteer any testimonials and information from their customers, but are not required to do so.

If you (or a loved one) are already taking medication for Alzheimer’s, introducing alternative remedies into the mix can cause problems. The effectiveness of the traditional medication can be reduced or compromised altogether.

Alternative treatments usually involve using non-invasive therapies, herbal remedies and other supplements. Many have similar results in the body to more traditional medicines, but without all of the side effects. If you are thinking about alternative methods of treatment, here are a few choices.

* Gingko Biloba – This is a common plant extract that people take for memory loss. Gingko biloba has been used in Chinese medicine as a way to improve memory. It is thought to be useful as an antioxidant, protecting the integrity of cellular membranes. There is no conclusive evidence, however, that it has any benefit for Alzheimer’s sufferers.

* Huperzine A – This is a type of moss also used in Chinese medicine. The effects of using this supplement are thought to be similar to prescribed cholinesterase inhibitors. They increase the levels of acetylcholine in the brain, which plays a role in memory function. Clinical trials are in the works to do more testing on the compound to find out if it has any significant benefits.

* Ergoloid Mesylates – These are derived from rye fungus. The remedy has been used already in Europe. Early research has shown positive results but more testing is necessary. Ergoloid mesylates can be given in liquid or pill form.

* Omega-3 fatty acids – These can be found in cold water fish and in plant sources. These fatty acids play a role in brain health and are helpful to reduce inflammation and increase immunity. It is best to get your dose from natural sources but supplementation can give you more of what you need.

* Lemon Balm (Melisa officianalis) – Lemon balm is used as a calming agent. It helps to relieve depression, anxiety and their symptoms. Alzheimer’s patients can be prone to outbursts, anger and depression over their condition as it progresses. This can be a natural way to deal with these situations.

Alternative treatments for Alzheimer’s may offer some relief for various symptoms of the disease. It is best to see your doctor first to discuss both traditional and non-traditional ways for dealing with the treatment.