Having amnesia or memory loss can be very difficult to cope with. Whether you have partial memory loss or complete memory loss, not remembering even the smallest of things can cause anxiety.
Since amnesia is an impairment of brain cells there are various diseases and injuries which can cause it to occur. Some of these include: stroke, heart attack, viral infection, tumors, seizure disorders and alcohol abuse and head injury. Any activity or injury that causes the brain to bleed or depletes it of oxygen can lead to amnesia.
- Stroke: A stroke can occur when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. This can happen if blood vessels to the brain become blocked or burst.
- Heart Attacks: Heart attacks occur when the heart does not get enough oxygen. This happens when vessels leading to the heart are blocked.
- Viral Infection: A viral infection can be anything from a common cold to the flu or from chicken pox to herpes. They can be caused by spending time around sick people or in those with weak immune systems.
- Tumors: Tumors are abnormal growths of body tissue. They occur when the cells of the human body divide too much. This can happen because of toxins in the body, excessive drinking, obesity, genetics or too much sun exposure
- Seizures Disorders: Seizures occur when brain cells send out abnormal signals to the body. They are sometimes caused by head injury, stroke and/or heart attack.
- Alcohol Abuse: Drinking excessively over a long period of time can lead to thiamine deficiency. This condition can lead to amnesia as well as paralysis.
There are number of symptoms one should be aware of that could signal the onset of amnesia. Some of these symptoms include: confusion, coordination problems, confabulation and verbal disassociation.
- Confusion: Someone with this symptom may have trouble focusing and/or difficulty completing everyday tasks that at previous times presented no problems.
- Coordination Problems: Anyone experiencing this may have difficulty walking or standing. They may also bump into things quite often as well or fall over for no apparent reason and have issues with balance.
- Confabulation: A person with this symptom vividly recalls events that never actually happened. They basically have false memories.
- Verbal Disassociation: Sufferers of this symptom will be unable to remember simple words and/or names.
Treatments and Remedies
As there is no known cure for amnesia, many have sought herbal and natural remedies to try and treat it. Almonds, walnuts and apples have all been shown to strengthen the brain. Oranges, figs and grapes are rich in phosphorous which can enhance memory as well as invigorate brain cells. Infusing your meals with nutrient rich herbs is also a good way to improve amnesia. Dried rosemary and sage can be boiled in water for tea and taken twice daily to help the mind stay sharp. Cumin seeds and ground black pepper can be mixed with honey and taken daily or added to meals to recharge brain cells.
Those suffering from amnesia should make certain dietary considerations to treat their condition. They should avoid coffee, sugar, alcohol, caffeine and white flour as these items have been shown to slow brain function in those already suffering from amnesia. They should also get plenty of rest and avoid stress during this already stressful time.