Sometimes it is quite difficult to detect the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia of any cause because it starts slowly with little bits of such things as absentmindedness or distraction which can happen to anyone of any age. However, as the disease progresses, other behavioral changes begin to take place and this is where a loving family member or friend begins to understand that medical intervention must be sought. It can be a really hard road ahead and medical treatments are not always as effective or as safe as they might be so growing numbers of people are seeking alternative treatments. Here are a few of the most popular.
For centuries acupuncture has been used in the Far East as a treatment for literally any disease imaginable from the common cold to rheumatoid arthritis. If you are unfamiliar with the practice, it has to do with tiny, tiny needles being inserted into the body at very specific locations where nerve centers reside. In the UK there have been some studies as to the efficacy of acupuncture as an alternative treatment for Alzheimer’s but what was concluded was that the reason why sufferers found some amount of relief was due to a relaxation in muscles controlled by the stimulation of nerves in those areas.
Bright Light Therapy
One of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia is the inability to sleep for long periods of time and to be a light sleeper who is roused easily. Studies show promise in which patients were seated in front of a light, a very bright light many times brighter than an office light, for a half hour a day. The results were amazing and many patients were then able to sleep a good part of the night.
Another of the big symptoms in later stage Alzheimer’s is the manifestation of bouts of rage, extreme rage for seemingly no apparent reason. Regular consumption of CBD oil is found to lesson both the frequency and duration of those fits of rage. CBD, cannabidiol, is a substance found in marijuana and is found to be effective as a mild sedative or relaxant. There are also studies coming out of Australia from the Neuroscience Research team that suggests some of the cognitive disorders associated with Alzheimer’s may even be reduced with the regular consumption of CBDs and CBD oil, the non-psychoactive constituent of cannabis.
While other alternative therapies such as massage may also have a calming effect on those suffering from those bouts of rage, few alternative treatments (if any!) show such promise as CBD oil. While further studies have yet to be done, according to Ian Weisberg, Dr. Tim Karl and his colleagues have proven that mice who were bred with the same type disease as Alzheimer’s are getting positive results. Because of this, scientists around the globe are now looking at alternative therapies such as CBD oil as the hidden key they have long been looking for. There are a great number of other treatments which many claim to work but those do not have enough research to support their claims. To date, the above have shown proven signs of efficacy and are likely to be the treatments that further research will target.