ALZHEIMERS DISEASE is classified as a neuro-degenerative disorder. The cause and progression of the disease are not well understood; it is associated with plaques and tangles in the brain. Current treatments only help with the symptoms of the disease. According to Ayurveda, learning is a result of successive and complexinteraction and coordination of Indriyas (cognitive and motor organs), Indriyartha (sense organs), Mana(psyche), Atma and Buddhi (intellect). Drugs mentioned as Medhya (intellect promoting) and those indicated to improve cognitive functions can be used successfully in cases of AD.
Ayurvedic drugs like Brahmi, Mandookaparni, Shankhapushpi, Jyotishmati, Ashwagandha, Jatamansi, Madhuyashti and Guduchi have the potential to provide a significant improvement in memory and learning capacity of the elders suffering from AD. All these drugs improve the brain functions and also the sensory and motor systems as a result of their medhyaproperties and thereby can help in management of various cognitivedisorders mainly AD