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Amnesia

General characteristics

General characteristics

Amnesia is defined as either a complete or partial loss or lessening of memory. It can be temporary or permanent and can relate to forgetting all or some of the past (retrograde) or the inability to retain new information after the onset of amnesia (antegrade or anterograde).
The causes of amnesia are described as being either 'organic' (having a physical root) or 'functional' (having a psychological root). Organic causes of amnesia include damage to the memory processing parts of the brain resulting from a physical trauma, malnutrition and alcoholism (from vitamin B1 deficiency), prescription or recreational drug damage, reduced blood flow as in a stoke and other diseases affecting the brain and nervous system such as Alzheimer's. Functional causes include severe emotional shock or trauma and mental disorders.

Diet and lifestyle

Diet and lifestyle

Follow all the nutritional advice for high blood pressure as lowering the blood pressure will help increase blood flow to the brain and help memory function in many incidences.

Carrots and fresh carrot juice are high in phosphorous which is of great benefit to the memory in particular. Alarge glass of fresh carrot juice or a couple of raw carrots daily is a must.

Other foods high in phosphorus are dates, oranges, figs, grapes, apple, almonds and walnuts.

Add a teaspoon of wheatgerm oil to salads or on bread to experience it's positive influence on the peripheral circulation.

Add a few sprigs of chervil to meals for its tonic effects on the brain and memory.

Raw kale, shredded in salads or brewed as a tea will improve the memory and is also a blood and nerve tonic.

Useful herbs

Useful herbs

Rosemary tea increases the flow of blood to the head and prevents hardening of the blood vessels making it very useful for enhancing the memory. Use half a teaspoon in a mug daily. It has a long reputation as being the 'herb of rememberance'. Add half a teaspoon of dried sage for its positive effects in the treatment of memory loss.
Ginkgo is the herb of choice for improving many problems relating to the brain and nervous system.
Gotu kola is considered a very important rejuvenative tonic for the brain and enhancing memory function.
Blessed thistle strengthens the memory.
Cayenne and ginger greatly improve blood flow and help equalise blood pressure.
Vervain and skullcap are termed 'trophorestoratives' which means they are capable of rebuilding and repairing damaged nerve tissue.
Lemon balm tea.
Ashwagandha tincture daily.
Mix up a tincture consisting of equal parts of ginkgo, gotu kola, blessed thistle, skullcap, vervain and ashwagandha tinctures with a few drops of ginger and cayenne tinctures. Take 5ml ( 1 teaspoon) 3 times daily in a little water.

Natural healing

Natural healing

Vitamins B1 and B12  provide valuable nutrition to the brain and enhance memory function.

Make a tea of dried rosemary using 50g of herb to half a litre of boiling water and add to a morning bath. Rest completely for half an hour or so afterwards. You can also use a few drops each of rosemary and basil essential oils in your bath.
Consider taking Yoga and/or meditation classes as they are shown to be generally beneficial to the entire nervous system.

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