Amnesia, derived from a Greek word that means “without memory”, is a state of memory deficiency caused by various reasons including psychological trauma, disease and brain damage. Temporary amnesia can also be an effect of using hypnotic drugs and sedatives. Depending on the severity of the damage, memory lost can either be partial or whole.
The most common types of amnesia are retrograde amnesia and anterograde amnesia. Retrograde amnesia is the inability to remember information or things that happened before a certain event, this event is usually the moment of accident or operation that caused the memory loss. The degree of retrograde amnesia varies. Some patients can forget things and information gathered several months before the accident or operation, other cases involve patients who can’t remember things that happened several years before.
On the other hand, anterograde amnesia is the inability to save short-term memory into long-term memory. This means that the patient is unable to remember even the simplest things for a long period. It is like memory is deleted in certain time intervals. Both types of amnesia can happen to a patient at the same time. Studies reveal that amnesia usually occurs when the medial temporal lobe of the brain is damaged. Furthermore, various studies also state that lack of protein called RbAp48 can also lead to amnesia.
Amnesia can affect people of all ages. Below are some of the most common symptoms of Amnesia
- Unable to learn new things and information. This can also be demonstrated by a sudden inability to remember new information. In short, a person can’t remember new things.
- Unable to remember past information such as events, people or things. In short, a person forgets things that happened in the past.
- Inventing false memories (didn’t actually happen) to replace things and information that are factual or actually happened.
- Uncoordinated movements
- Regularly becomes confused and disoriented specially when trying to remember past events
- Partial and total memory loss
- Failure to recognize people like family members and friends
- Failure to remember directions of places regularly visited
Home Remedies for Amnesia
Over the counter medicines can sometimes give side effects that may worsen various symptoms of Amnesia. Fortunately, there are several natural home remedies that are proven to be effective against amnesia.
1. Cumin Seeds
Cumin seeds are effective in curing memory loss specially when taken daily. Mix ½ teaspoon of cumin seeds with 2 teaspoon of honey and add some water. Mixed thoroughly and drink every morning during breakfast. You can also ground the seeds into powdered form and consume 1 teaspoon every morning.
During the early ages, almond was already a popular remedy for slow memory. Studies show that almonds have powerful substances that strengthen the brain and replace damaged brain cells. Almonds are also rich in vitamins E, zinc, magnesium and fiber, all of which are helpful in restoring good memory. Soak ten to fifteen almonds in clean water and leave overnight. In the morning, remove the water and peel the skin. Consume directly or ground the almonds into a paste and mix with milk and honey before drinking. Do this every morning or before bedtime.
Apples contain loads of vitamin B12, phosphorus and potassium, which are essential in repairing weakened nerve and brain cells that can cause amnesia. For optimum memory gain, eat an apple daily during breakfast.
4. Meditation and Exercise
There are cases in which short term memory loss is caused by stress. Meditation is a natural way for the mind and body to get rid of stress and prevent symptoms of amnesia. In order to relax the mind, meditating several minutes a day is a must. Aside from meditation, yoga sessions are also highly recommended as a natural way to combat amnesia. Daily brisk walking or light jogging also help the brain to function properly.
5. Brain Exercise
Aside from body exercises, brain activities are also effective in keeping the brain sharp and focused. One simple home remedy to maintain proper brain function is to place different objects around the house and then locate them as quickly as possible. Doing this will keep the brain sharp and exercise memory functions.
6. Basil Leaves
Known to treat numerous sicknesses, Basil leaves are also potent against amnesia due the number of natural substances these leaves contain which improve brain stimulation and nervous system function. Put 10 leaves in a pot of water and boil for about 10 minutes. The heat will extract the healthy substances from the leaves. Let the concoction cool down and prepare as a tea drink. Honey and milk can be added to improve taste. Drink twice a day, morning and night, to maximize the effects as an anti-amnesia drink.
A person suffering from amnesia will not only have a hard time remembering things, he will also find it difficult to focus and concentrate on daily tasks. Sage is very effective in improving memory as well as restoring the ability to focus on things. In addition, sage can restore damaged cells and relax the brain. Pick fresh sage and let it dry for a few hours. Put 2 to 3 leaves in a small cup and pour boiling water. Let the mixture cool down while the vitamins and minerals of the leaves are extracted. Drink this herbal 2 to 3 times daily for optimum brain power.
Known in the ancient times as “herb for remembrance”, rosemary contains powerful substances that fight mental fatigue and all sorts of stress. It is also regarded for its ability to instantly relax the mind and improve memory. Prepare a rosemary tea by mixing 2 to 3 pieces with hot water. Let it steep for a few minutes. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and a few drops of lemon. Drink twice a day.
9. Sleep Therapy
People who do not get enough sleep or are under a lot of stress are usual victims of amnesia. Improper sleeping habits and too much worrying can weaken the nervous system, which eventually develop into amnesia. Doctors recommend 6 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep for a person to refresh and allow its body to recover specially after a full day of work and stress. A fresh body and mind decrease the possibility of developing amnesia. For people who don’t fall asleep easily, a body massage to relax the mind and destress the body is also recommended.
Walnuts are packed with high amounts of phosphorus, a substance that helps treat memory loss by strengthening brain cells and tissues. For amnesia patients, a daily dose of 25 grams of walnuts is suggested to improve mental health.
11. Proper Diet
Proper diet is extremely crucial in maintaining healthy body and mind. Eating unhealthy foods such as junk and chemical-rich foods will lead to various types of health issues such as amnesia. A well-balanced diet consisting of meat, dairy, fruits and vegetable is the best way to prevent amnesia. Highly recommended foods including green leafy vegetables, milk, nuts and whole grains must be regularly consumed. On the other hand, eating refined and preserved foods, drinking alcohol and taking illegal drugs and substances increases the risk of amnesia, so avoid them.
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