Amnesia is a state in which the memory is disturbed and in ordinary words it means the loss of memory. There are many causes for amnesia. It may be organic or functional. Organic causes could be due to damage in the brain through natural disease or trauma or the use of sedative drugs.
Functional reasons include psychological factors, an example of which is hysterical post-traumatic amnesia. Amnesia in middle-aged to elderly people most often occurs when they lose their memory partially or completely. Some forget events from their childhood, some forget newer information and some forget specific events.
Memory loss can be caused by
General anesthetics such as halothane, isoflurane, and fentanyl
Drugs such as barbiturates or benzodiazepines
Electroconvulsive therapy (especially if prolonged)
Things that can be avoided to help your memory:
Drinking: Alcohol kills brain cells. The more you drink, the more brain cells you destroy. It also damages the nervous system.
Smoking: While scientific studies have shown that small amounts of nicotine can actually temporarily make you smarter, smoking will ultimately lead to a decrease in blood flow to the brain, resulting in you being dumber.
Toxins: Certain everyday household products like aluminum and fluoride are actually very toxic to the brain. Actually when the two above-mentioned products are combined the results are very toxic. Certain heavy metals such as lead and mercury have also been shown to hinder brain function.
Convenience foods: These quick little snacks that are high in fat, high in sugar but low in nutritional value, also contain additives and preservatives that make them toxic to your brain. Diet for Amnesia
Balanced and nutritional food is essential in amnesia healing. Any nutritional deficiency leads to anxiety neurosis in vulnerable people. Seniors should be restricted from having tea, alcohol, chocolate, coffee, cola, food colorings, white rice, chemical additives and condiments. Diet in amnesia patients should be limited to three meals. Taking phosphorus rich roods such as pulses, cereals, milk and fruit juices is very helpful. Especially, cow’s milk is very beneficial. This is one of the effective home remedy for amnesia.
Eat artichokes as you normally would or pull the artichoke apart, leaf by leaf and add the pieces to a jar with enough water to cover them. Cover the jar with a lid and place it in a pan with water. Boil this for two hours and add more water to the pan, not the jar, as needed. Strain the contents of the jar and squeeze the artichoke leaves good enough to get all of the juices out. Drink three to four tablespoons four times a day. Artichokes are a good source of food to increase your mental capacity and help treat memory loss.
Home Remedies for Memory Loss
Eat blueberries every day to help treat memory loss. Blueberries are a good source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are needed to help treat memory loss and maintain healthy brain function.
Eat carrots raw, cooked or in a casserole or in a juice form. Add some apricot juice to the carrot juice to give it a better taste. Carrots are high in carotene, which is a good source for boosting the memory.
Eat eggs to help boost your memory. Eggs contain lecithin, which help keep the memory nerve cells healthy. Other foods that contain lecithin are sunflower and soybean oil, which can also be found in capsule form.
Eat okra to help enhance your memory. Sweet potatoes, tapioca, spinach, fresh fruits and vegetables, almonds and milk are also good for enhancing the memory and treating memory loss.
Choose any kind of herbal tea such as rosemary, sage, marjoram or basil. Use a 1/4 teaspoon of whichever herbal tea you choose to use in a cup of boiling water. Steep for five minutes. These herbs can be used in a bath or added to essential oils and olive oil and massaged over the neck and forehead. When adding to a bath, use five drops to a tubful. Using herbal teas this way can help improve memory problems.
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