Key Facts About Dementia

Most people tend to suffer from mild memory loss as they get older. You may forget an appointment or some one’s birthday, here and there, however, you are still able to cope with daily activities and tasks. One of the most obvious symptoms of Dementia is memory loss, and this is experienced on a different level. Individuals who suffer from this disease tend to forget recent memories, they may have problems coping with simple tasks and are prone to mood swings and impaired judgement. Some people even experience a change in their personality.

About Dementia Facts

Dementia is rarely passed on through genetics and does also occur in young people. This condition usually starts with Alzheimer’s disease, which is much like dementia in that the individual suffers from memory loss and their thinking and other cognitive abilities are impaired. Alzheimer’s starts off slowly and gradually progresses with age. It becomes harder to keep track of recent events and things to do.

Living with Dementia

As hard as it may be for people to live with dementia, it is even harder for their families to see them going through everyday life, this way. This condition causes the individual to often become distant from their family and friends. Caregivers have also admitted that it becomes hard to provide help to dementia sufferers as they experience mood swings and personality changes quite often. They also forget names of people, places and can’t even remember names of common objects and familiar people in their own lives. Unfortunately, there is little that one can do to cure dementia and other related conditions. There are various drugs than can slow down the symptoms of the condition, but cannot eliminate the disease. These drugs are effective for those who experience hallucinations. Aspirin may help to control high blood pressure, cholesterol and may help to prevent further strokes, which would slow down the dementia.

Dementia sufferers should plan ahead. Since a persons memory deteriorates over time, it is advisable to put your decisions for the future in writing now. Family and friends can also help to make your life easier by being patient and offering to assist you, where ever they can.

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How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat various health problems. It is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and today it is also popular in the West. Studies have proved it successful in relieving pain, treating many health conditions and relieving symptoms in many illnesses.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the idea of qi: energy that moves in the body inside meridians (energy pathways). Blockages in the energy flow can cause illness and pain. Acupuncture tries to release these blockages and promote qi flow in the energy channels. It also stimulates the different internal organs and body systems such as the immune system, the nervous system and the digestive system and its organs. The idea is to encourage the body to heal itself and to make sure qi moves freely around the body.

An acupuncturist uses thin, long needles that are inserted at specific points along the energy channels. The needles are sterile single-use needles. The needle is only inserted to the top layer of the skin and most people hardly feel it; acupuncture treatments are painless and people sometimes describe the needle insertion as similar to a mosquito bite. The needles are then left on the skin for 10 to 30 minutes, although some treatments can last longer. Some acupuncturists use heat therapy called moxibustion; heat is added to the needles to stimulate the healing effect.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture treatments are used to relieve pain, to help recovery from injuries and to release muscle spasms. Many patients have found relief from headaches and migraines. Acupuncture is also used successfully to treat many respiratory conditions such as colds, coughs and other infections, sinusitis and asthma as well as allergic conditions. Acupuncture treatments are very successful in relieving stress and insomnia. Acupuncture is also used in digestive conditions, immune system disorders and hormonal imbalances.

In many cases the patient feels relief from symptoms already after one treatment. Usually a course of treatments is required to get the best possible results. Acupuncturists can also recommend herbal remedies to take at home.

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