June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.
Among people over 65 years old, Alzheimer’s is the disease that is found to cause most cases of dementia. Dementia is the loss of cognitive function so severe it interferes with daily life and ranges in severity from the loss of memory, ability to think, reason, plan and can even interfere with basic problem solving. While Alzheimer’s disease and related Dementias are more common among aging adults, it is not a normal part of the aging process.
Alzheimer's is a progressive and irreversible disease that slowly destroys long term memory and disturbs basic cognitive function as well. Often those suffering from Alzheimer's eventually lose the inability to carry out everyday tasks. Studies are showing acupuncture can help improve the lives of those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s in a variety of ways.
Acupuncture Has Long Been Used to Fight Anxiety and Depression
With the loss of cognitive function, so too comes the loss of independence. Displaced feelings of overall fear, loss, and helplessness are not uncommon. These emotions can manifest into depression and/or anxiety. A study from Wellesley College evaluated participants who were receiving acupuncture treatments 2-3 times per week for three months. This study was able to conclude that regular acupuncture treatments can improve mood and energy among this demographic.
With Alzheimer’s and related Dementias becoming an increasingly serious problem for today’s elders it is certainly worth investigating the options for its prevention. With more research being done showing promising early results, acupuncture should definitely be taken into consideration to offset these diseases. Acupuncture is safe, natural and side-effect free. Ask me for more information.