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Alternative treatments for Alzheimer's disease

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Updated: October 11, 2006

Alternative preventative and protective treatments for Alzheimer's

There are a number of alternative treatments for Alzheimer's that are thought to have some preventative and/or protective effects.

One of the difficulties of some alternative treatments such as herbal or 'natural' medicines is the problem of consistency of quality and of their potency.
There is also a problem with some alternative treatments lacking good research their claims. Lack of research, poorly designed research, poor funding for research and a reliance on folk medicine and hearsay have often contributed to a lack of rigor to this interesting area of treatments for Alzheimer's disease.

Common alternative treatments for Alzheimer's
Alternative treatments for Alzheimer's include;

  • Antioxidants vitamin E and vitamin C

  • Antibiotics

  • Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory agents

  • Chelation and Cliouinol

  • Ergoloid Mesylates

  • Estrogen

  • Ginko biloba

  • Huperzine A

  • Melissa Officinalis (lemon balm)

  • Statins

  • Vitamin Bs
  • Advice on alternative treatments for Alzheimer's
    There are a number of things you need to consider.

  • Always seek the advice of your family doctor or consultant in charge of treatment before taking alternative treatments. Treatments should compliment rather than work against each other.
  • Just because a treatment is described as 'natural' or 'herbal' does not mean that it will not interact with other medications or be contra indicated if you have certain medical conditions. An example of this is people who take anticoagulant medication should not vitamin E.
  • Alternative treatments might not work. Research into the efficacy of alternative treatments are not always rigorous (scientifically credible), or available.

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