Dementia is defined as a decline in the mental ability to function socially or at work. It is considered irreversible. Early signs and symptoms include deterioration of memory, judgement, enthusiasm, and creativity. 

Dementia is a symptom in over 60 diseases. Many of these are treatable. Treat the disease to treat the dementia. 

It is difficult to correctly diagnose the problem, and misdiagnosis is common. For this reason it is essential to undergo a thorough workup. 

The commonest types of dementia are: Alzheimer’s (2/3 of cases), brain infarcts, alcohol, brain tumours, medical drugs.

If taking many medications, ask the GP to review for side effects involving mental status. Side effects can also be investigated online using reliable, conservative sources (a word of caution: there is a lot of junk online).

Some natural medicine approaches for dementia: A common cause is insufficient circulation to the brain. This simple principle is little recognised or used by modern medicine.

If inactive, and the dementia rapidly improves with exercise, this strongly suggests insufficient circulation. In such cases, renewing exercise is essential. Problems preventing exercise, such as arthritis, tiredness etc, must be addressed.

Chronic neck spasms can inhibit blood flow to the head. Consider a combination of neck and back massage, chiropractic and acupuncture.

Herbal medicine works well for normalising blood circulation. 

Food intolerances may be related to dementia. Alcohol is a big one.  

The brain needs consistent blood sugar. Cut out sugar and high glycemic carbohydrates. No soda or diet soda. Eat regularly, three times a day. 

Reduce consumption of red meat, highly processed and junk food, fatty, salty, spicy.

Fluid intake must be adequate. 

Throw out aluminium cooking utensils. Autopsied brain tissue of people with Alzheimer’s shows high concentrations of aluminium.

Maintain proper dentition – this is the first step in breaking down food. Mercury fillings, like aluminium, may be an issue. 

The bowels, as the main route of waste elimination, must function normally. 

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) helps to better understand individuals. Common patterns associated with dementia include: lack of blood, yin or yang deficiency, jing deficiency. Yin is moistening, nourishing and cooling. Yang is warming and energetic. Jing directs the life cycle of development, growth, maturity, ageing and death. The TCM diagnosis should be treated.

Natural medicine offers many ways to help with dementia.

Nick Kats