Demystifying Dementia

Dementia has gripped modern days elderly like never before, we've not seen such level of elderly being hit by dementia in the last 80 years.  When our dear old loved ones got Dementia, everything starts to spiral down in varying speed.

The symptoms of Dementia:

  • Memory issues
  • Communication and language issues
  • Inability to focus and pay attention
  • Inability to reasoning and judgment
  • Visual perception issues
  • Change into temperament

In the TCM perspectives, Dementia has alot to do with Spleen and Liver impairments that caused the memory losses, attention span and temperament changes.

When we abuse our body for long term with the wrong diet and lifestyle, Dementia can visit us and stay put for long.  What is wrong with our modern diet?

Too much processed food and too little whole food.

We understand the processed food part, but the whole food isn't just whole grains, we're looking at innards of the animal.  Notice how our grand and/or great grandparents hardly have Dementia?

That's because they dare to eat innards, and these stuff provided alot of essential protein, amino acids and fats for our Liver, Spleen and eventually, our brain.

"Yucks!  These are high in cholesterol!"

Cholesterol has been found and endorsed by FDA that they're not detrimental to health as long as we keep it not in the super high range, eating eggs everyday isn't a sin now.  I recently got to know a happy old man whose cholesterol is into the range of 800, but I'm not going to talk about this now.

Animal innards are very healthy for us as long as we don't eat them daily and stuffing ourselves with it.  The nutrients they provide are far more, in more concentrated form and easier to absorb than from other sources.

Our great grandparents would know.

Gender

Statistics have found that women are at higher risks of Dementia, and often, they can be the more violent ones when suffering in the disease.  Why are women more susceptible to Dementia?

We can find these answers in TCM.

Women have menstruation and baby bearing mechanism that men don't have, these natural body makeup in a woman makes them lose Qi and blood easier and more than men.

When modern women undergo such natural cycles + the stress from work + improper diet + improper lifestyle, their body tend to be weaker, and the consequence in old age can be Dementia.

In an ancient saying from China, 女人不补容易老, it means women's organs age and regress faster if they don't receive the right tonics.  This is exactly because of women's natural cycle and baby bearing mechanism that sucks loads of resources from their body.

However, not all tonics are suitable for all women, only an astute TCM practitioner will be able to prescribe correctly.

And between the 2 genders, women are more prone to over-thinking, depression, worry etc than men (who's the simpler of human breed), this in turn exhaust alot of resources from their body (i.e Spleen, Kidneys and Liver) that makes them in the riskier group of getting Dementia than men.

When we have negative emotions, our body creates lots of stress hormones that bombard our system.  These stress hormones bombing us consistently for the long run, will create a negative ecosystem in our body, causing us to be prone to certain illnesses.

Dementia is one of them.

Proof that TCM works in Dementia

For at least the past 10 years, medical doctors in Japan has been lobbying using TCM to help chronically ill patients, one of which is Dementia.

When the green light was given, the success of using an ancient TCM prescription (Yokukansan) was included in the daily medication of elderly Dementia patients with placebos.  In the careful clinical trial, it was found that Yokukansan helped Dementia patients whose moods and temperament improved tremendously compared to Western drugs.

The best part is, the side effects are also far lower and milder than Western drugs.

When more than 70 scientific research papers in Japan concluded that Yokukansan helps the rapidly greying Japanese population in Dementia and the accompanying temperament issues, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare approved the prescription for reimbursement in the National Health Insurance.

This is much food for thought for our Singapore's Ministry of Health to seriously look into TCM for our population.  

The best part of using TCM for chronic illnesses is that, it's far cheaper than Western drugs, it's also mostly Halal without any animal parts at all.  This is one myth that I must clear about TCM.

Animal parts in TCM

Many people think TCM prescriptions will have animal parts or components, this is very far from the truth.

In my studying of at least 300 classic ancient TCM formulas, an overwhelming 95% of them have no animal parts.  And out of the 300 classics, 100 of them are commonly used for any common, acute or chronic illnesses.  In that 100 formulas, only 0.5% of them calls for animal parts.

Meaning, 99.5% of them are pure plant-based formulas.  TCM prescriptions are very earth-loving and earth-friendly.

Conclusion

Dementia hits modern people more due to the wrong diet system + lifestyle that we mistook as ok or healthy.  Live like our grandparents will be safer for most of us - Less desires, eat every single thing, no processed food, don't think too much and don't think too far.

Dementia hits women more than men due to women's over-thinking + worrying nature, that depletes the body resources far more than men, this is further exacerbated by women's monthly cycle and baby bearing needs.

Dementia can be prevented, with right diet, lifestyle and perceptional changes towards ourselves and Life. 

Dementia can be controlled by TCM, as proven by extensive studies done by the Japanese researchers, the prescription is even listed into their national insurance for reimbursement.

Here is the TCM that Japan use for bad temperaments exhibited by Dementia patients, do note that for individuals, there is a need to tweak the formula to see better effects.  This is not a supplement, do not take this to prevent Dementia, it will not.

苍术 4gm,茯苓 4gm,川芎 3gm,当归 3gm,柴胡 2gm,甘草 1.5gm,钓藤 3gm

Further reading material - Yokukansan , Kampo List