Improve cognitive performance with aromatherapy in young, healthy volunteers is one thing, but how about where it really matters? As I discuss in my video Best aromatherapy herb for Alzheimer’sA group of Japanese researchers suggested that certain smells could to lead on “nerve rebirth” in Alzheimer’s patients. Twenty years ago it was heretical to call just one such possibility hypothetical. Everyone knew the loss of neurons is irreversible. In other words, dead nerve cells are not replaced, an important factor in neurodegenerative diseases. I was taught that and everyone was taught until 1998.
Patients with advanced cancer volunteered injected with a special dye that is built into the DNA of new cells. At the autopsy, the researchers then left hunt for nerve cells that light up in the brain. And as you can see in mine at 1:14 Video, there they were: new nerve cells in the brain that didn’t exist Just days or months earlier to “demonstrate this cell genesis occurs in the human brain and that the human brain retains the potential for self-renewal throughout life ”- something in which we can comfort you
However, it doesn’t mean that smells can help. An aromatherapy with essential oils made from rosemary, lemon, lavender and orange was available tries for a month. At 1:43 in mine VideoYou can see the progress of the subjects’ cognitive function and their ability to form abstract ideas from six weeks before treatment. Before aromatherapy there was a fairly steady decline that was reversed after aromatherapy. The researchers concluded that aromatherapy may be effective and “has some potential to improve cognitive function, particularly in AD [Alzheimer’s disease] Patients ”- of course without any noticeable side effects.
What about severe dementia? We always hear about the cognitive deficits, but more than half of the patients with dementia Experience Behavioral or psychiatric symptoms. Thorazine-type antipsychotics are common requiredalthough they seem particularly dangerous in the elderly. “Antipsychotics can be seen as a simpler option than non-pharmacological alternatives,” such as aromatherapy. Another study examined the effects of nurses rubbing a lotion fortified with lemon balm twice daily on the arms and face of patients compared to an unscented lotion. “Significant improvements in agitation, screaming, yelling and physical aggression were observed over the 4 weeks, as were improved indicators of quality of life, with patients being less socially withdrawn and more constructive compared to the non-perfumed control.” This is important because antipsychotics cause patients to become more withdrawn and less engaged. You are like a chemical reluctance. The drugs can also reduce anxiety. The aromatherapy with lemon balm is therefore “safe, well tolerated and highly effective, with additional advantages for the most important parameters of quality of life”.
These results clearly show that longer-term, multicenter studies are needed, “but we had none, until … never. We do not have any yet. This study was carried out in 2002 and no follow-up was carried out. Is that a surprise? Who will fund such a study: Big Balm?
I made another video about lemon balm: Reducing radiation damage with ginger and lemon balm. We grow lemon balm in our garden. It makes a delicious tea. Try it!
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Michael Greger, MD
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