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Sign and Symptoms of Alzheimer
As per Ayurveda, every aspect of life is governed by the interplay of the three Doshas (body humors), Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Throughout an individual's lifetime, each Dosha has its time of predominance. Kapha governs childhood; Pitta, maturity; and Vata, old age. Thus, during the latter years of life, there is a tendency towards Vata imbalances, such as memory loss, disorientation, paranoia, tremors, rigidity, cracked and quaking voice and stooped spine. The condition known as Alzheimer's disease, according to Ayurveda, is a drastic and accelerated form of this Vata provocation of old age. According to Ayurveda Alzheimer’s disease is problem of old age where Vata Dosha is much aggravated.
What is Alzheimer's Diseases?
In Alzheimer's disease, the Vata is severely provoked in the Majja Dhatu, the tissue layer which includes the central nervous system and all other tissues which are contained within bone cavity. The Vata dries and thus degenerates the brain. In addition, the Vata passes from the Majja Dhatu to the Mano Vaha Srotas, or "mind-carrying channels," causing thought disorders such as paranoia and delusions as well as memory loss and confusion.
What Causes Alzheimer's Disease?
The causes of this severe Vata provocation within Majja Dhatu and Mano Vaha Srotas are both hereditary and acquired. Susceptible people are those who have a hereditary weakness of the Majja Dhatu. Once Vata is provoked, it follows the line of least resistance, moving into the weakest tissue layer, in this case, the Majja Dhatu. Acquired causes are those which serve to aggravate the Vata Dosha sufficiently to bring about the onset of the disease in susceptible subjects. Unfortunately, our stressful, fast-paced, coffee-driven lifestyle provides abundant opportunities for such provocation. In addition, we are exposed to a number of environmental toxins which specifically weaken the Majja Dhatu, causing greatly increased susceptibility to Alzheimer's disease. Aluminum, pesticides, herbicides, agent orange, lead, and other toxins have a specific action in weakening the Majja Dhatu Agni, the metabolic fire of the central nervous system.
One particularly important factor in the causation of Alzheimer's disease is the increased rate of change and increased population mobility. A person born 50 years back has witnessed changes more rapid than those experienced previously by many generations. Change provokes Vata, as does movement. Relocation, movement of family members, and other such shifts present a much more Vata-provoking situation than does the old village life, where people were born and died in the same house, surrounded by familiar family members.
Symptoms of Alzhemier
The Alzheimer's Association has developed the following list of warning signs that include common symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Individuals who exhibit several of these symptoms should see a physician for a complete evaluation.
- Memory loss
- Difficulty performing familiar tasks
- Problems with language
- Disorientation to time and place
- Poor or decreased judgment
- Problems with abstract thinking
- Misplacing things
- Changes in mood or behavior
- Changes in personality
- Loss of initiative
Alzheimer's disease is invariably progressive. Patients usually don't die directly from Alzheimer's disease. They die because they have difficulty swallowing or walking and these changes make overwhelming infections, such as pneumonia, much more likely.Moreover, throughout much of the course of the illness, individuals maintain the capacity for giving and receiving love, sharing warm interpersonal relationships, and participating in a variety of meaningful activities with family and friends.
The reaction of a patient with Alzheimer's disease to the illness and his or her capacity to cope with it also vary, and may depend on such factors as lifelong personality patterns and the nature and severity of stress in the immediate environment. Depression, severe uneasiness, paranoia, or delusions may accompany or result from the disease, but these conditions can often be improved by appropriate treatments. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, treatments are available to alleviate many of the symptoms that cause suffering.
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