It starts with a person not being able to remember a recent event or a conversation they had not long ago. As time goes by, the situation worsens and the memory loss becomes more severe. Then, the individual will struggle to perform everyday tasks. This is the unfortunate chain of events that people with Alzheimer’s disease go through.
Alzheimer’s disease is a condition that affects the brain cells. Specifically, the disease causes those cells to die. These brain changes lead to progressively worse symptoms, including dementia. Alzheimer’s is the leading cause of dementia. (1)
There are numerous symptoms that accompany Alzheimer’s disease. These include problems with thinking, planning, and reasoning. Patients will also struggle to make decisions and their personality and behaviour may also change. However, memory loss is by far the most notable symptom of this illness.
Not every lapse in memory is a sign of Alzheimer’s. After all, everyone will occasionally forget where they’ve left their car keys or their phone. However, people who are suffering from this condition will have persistent problems of this nature. And unfortunately, they will only get worse with time.
Alzheimer’s patients will routinely repeat their statements. They’ll forget appointments and misplace their belongings. They can also get lost in places they are familiar with and even forget the names of family members.
Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment
The scariest element of Alzheimer’s disease is the fact that there is no cure. Despite all its advancements, mainstream medicine hasn’t found a way to change what the illness does to the patient’s brain.
Of course, doctors will prescribe certain drugs in these situations. But the medication will only serve to slow down the disease or temporarily ease the symptoms. This can help people with Alzheimer’s stay independent for longer. But in the end, the disease will progress and cause devastating damage to the brain.
Due to this, the need to look for other treatments is greater than ever. It is here that a method proposed by Dr. Ulrich Werth can provide relief.
Dr. Werth bases his approach on acupuncture. Specifically, it is permanent ear acupuncture or auriculotherapy.
Using this method, Dr. Werth has been successfully treating Alzheimer’s patients who were experiencing cognitive deficiencies. He also reports success in achieving reversible dementia in numerous instances.
He believes his approach can produce similar results in many other cases of Alzheimer’s disease. Specifically, he hopes to be able to help anyone who is suffering from what he calls “pure” Alzheimer’s. This refers to people whose disease has affected their short-term memory.
Of course, Dr. Werth realizes auriculotherapy can’t help in every scenario. If the disease has reached a stage which is too advanced, treatment will not be possible. Circulation problems, extensive dementia, or additional brain disease could represent a barrier to this approach.
A Ray of Hope
Dr. Werth’s work has a noble goal – to provide another option to those afflicted by this challenging disease. In a situation where regular treatment cannot offer a cure, any alternative method is a welcome sight.
Ana Miller is a creative writer. Her topics of interest and expertise range from psychology to all sorts of disciplines such as science and news.