Researchers who tested Indian ginseng on mice found that the herb was effective in reversing the memory loss function in them.
Known as “winter cherry” or “Indian ginseng,” Ashwagandha is a powerful Indian herb that is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine. The herb is either ingested orally as a powder or in the form of a pill. In Sanskrit, “ashwagandha” means “the smell of a horse.” The Sanskrit meaning of the word implies that it imparts the vigor and strength of a stallion, and in ancient Indian medicine, it has been prescribed as a solution to help patients regain their immune system health after an illness.
Although the herb is popularly known as “Indian ginseng” because of its healing properties, it is not botanically related to ginseng. In fact, it is from the same family as tomatoes, and the plant is actually a shrub with oval leaves and yellow flowers. The fruit it bears looks like a red raisin, and is a common sight in India, Northern Africa and the Middle East. However, today you’ll find it in several places with milder climate like the US.
Alzheimer’s is a scary condition, and scientists around the world are experimenting with various drugs and techniques to develop an effective solution to treat it. There has been some success in these endeavors but many of them are still in the initial testing stages, and none of these procedures have been verified as safe to be rolled out to the public yet. Alzheimer’s is synonymous with degeneration of cells in the brain leading to a gradual loss of intellectual and social skills. It is a scary condition to tackle owing to how dependent a patient becomes on their loved ones once they develop it. Round-the-clock care is required because patients become incapable of living life on their own.
Experts who’ve studied the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on brain tissue under a microscope found that the Alzheimer’s tissue contained lesser nerve cells when compared to a regular person’s brain. Abnormal clusters of protein buildup occurs between the nerve cells which are known as plaques. Furthermore nerve cells that were dead or dying contained tangles which were twisted strands of another protein. These plaques and tangles are suspected to be the prime culprits for cell death and tissue loss in an Alzheimer’s patient’s brain. Because of this degeneration, cognitive ability is significantly affected in Alzheimer’s patients, and experts believe that ashwagandha could improve these abilities.
The first areas of the brain in which plaques and tangles begin to form are the ones that control the learning, memory functioning, thinking, and planning operations of the human. As the condition progresses, more plaques and tangles develop, owing to which patients also develop severe problems that can hinder their social and work life. Some of the initial symptoms to watch out for are problems with handling finances, trouble in organizing their thoughts, and communicating properly. The plaques and tangles then move to areas of the brain that are in control of speaking. Personality and behavior changes are expected as the patient fails to recognize close family and friends whom they’ve known all their life.
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