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Memory Loss: Herbal Remedies

 

Kalium phosphate (derived from potassium phosphate) can help reduce degeneration of body tissue due to aging. Natrium muriaticum (derived from sodium chloride) 

flushes the system while hydrating tissues. Calcium phosphate is a vital component for effective digestion, cell growth and energy levels. These three are being packaged and sold as “tissue salts” for use in promoting memory function.

Gingko biloba, a free radical scavenger and possible brain activator, is the third most commonly prescribed drug for the treatment of dementia in Germany. Preparations of the herb in the U.S. vary, but the right amount of the right preparations may slow progression of some types of memory loss. Ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest trees on the planet, and for thousands of years, Chinese herbalists have used its leaves medicinally. It restores circulatory system functions and improves blood flow to the brain. Active ingredients include flavone glycosides (including ginkgolide), bioflavins, sitosterol, lactones and anthocyanin. 

Ginkgo can be taken in supplement form, which you can find in most health food stores. It is best to follow dosage recommendations on the label. You will need to take ginkgo for one to three months before you see any improvement in memory loss. A word of caution: ginkgo biloba increases aspirin’s blood-thinning effects, so it is best to consult your medical professional before taking the two together.

Rosemary is regarded in folklore as a symbol of remembrance. It has a therapeutic effect on the circulatory system, also improving blood flow to the brain. Sage is traditionally associated with longevity and for restoring memory in the elderly. It has strong antioxidant properties to reduce the symptoms of aging. Extracts have been used to treat Alzheimer's and senile dementia.

Huperzine A is an extract from club moss that has been traditionally used in China to treat fever and inflammation. Research has shown that huperzine A improves memory significantly better than some drugs. Therefore, it is now commonly used in China to treat Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

Siberian ginseng (which is not the same as just ginseng) is known to help in memory restoration. Other herbal remedies that have been reported to have some positive impact on memory include dandelion (flowers are best), fenugreek, sage and stinging nettle. It is important to be aware that even complementary and alternative remedies may have side effects and can interact with other drugs. Ask your doctor or herbalist before taking any medications or herbal remedies.

Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.

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