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Treating & Preventing Dementia

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Preventing & Treating Dementia

If you have a family history of early onset dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, you likely want to reduce the odds of suffering from it.  Fortunately, acupuncture and TCM can help in treating or preventing dementia.

What is Dementia? 

Dementia isn’t a disease per se, but it’s used to describe a group of symptoms that interfere with a person’s daily life intellectually and socially.  Many types of dementia exist and Alzheimer’s disease is the most common one.

Many people associate memory loss with dementia, but it is not the only symptom.  If you start to forget things or names, it doesn’t mean you have dementia! In order to be diagnosed with dementia, you need to display problems with two or more brain functions (impaired speech, impaired judgment, memory loss, etc.). Most dementia patients will experience a change in personality and in the way they interact with their surroundings in social situations.

The good news is that some causes of dementia can be treated and are reversible!

Prevent Dementia with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs 

Prevention and early intervention are highly recommended when it comes to dementia.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is effective in preventing dementia and it can also help stabilize or even reduce the progression of symptoms once dementia has started.

Based on your family history, personal health, medical history, current condition and a physical examination, a treatment plan will be given to combine acupuncture and herbal formula to prevent dementia.  Dr. Lu can also recommend certain changes to your diet and lifestyle in order to improve the balance of your body, mind and spirit. The overall goal of the treatment will be to improve your health and wellbeing to prevent dementia and other illnesses.

Already Suffering From Dementia?

While their effectiveness is greater at preventing dementia, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can also be used to treat and stabilize several types of dementia. Chinese herbs are the most cost effective way for treating dementia.  The exact blend of herbs recommended for you will be based on your specific condition and imbalances.

Because of her experience with Western Medicine, Dr. Lu can work with a patient’s existing pharmaceutical drug treatment and help to reduce or eliminate any side effects.  She can also recommend Chinese herbs that will support the existing drug treatment and better treat dementia.

Patients suffering from dementia should consult a TCM doctor regularly to ensure their prescribed herbs are still appropriate. Any progression or regression in their condition could require adjustments in their herbal formulas or other diet adjustments to optimize the patient’s balance of yin and yang and improve their overall health.

When Should You Consult?

If you have a family history of dementia and seek ways to prevent it or if you have been diagnosed with dementia, acupuncture and TCM can help.

Book a consultation today and Dr. Lu will give you personalized advice based on your family history and the current imbalances in your mind, body and spirit.