Dementia, memory loss and herbal help

Herbs and Forgetfulness

Forgetless Tonic

We all forget names, what we were going to do, where we put the car keys or our wallet or the screwdriver. We do this right through the years. It's normal. When we are young we just curse ourselves and get on with it. In later years we think we're going crazy or senile because it seems it's happening more often. But if it is happening more often there are herbs that could help you avoid dementia, alzheimer's disease and improve your memory recall and concentration.


Hello Alan, I contacted you 3 months ago because at 71 I had noticed a definite problem with my memory. I have a much younger wife and she had also pointed it out to me. I explained all this to you and you suggested two things along with some memory exercises. The two were ForgetLess Tonic and the ABC Daily Herbal Powder for its enormous nutrient value. I have been taking these and have noticed a significant benefit. You suggested I stay on them on a low-dose which I am doing. I just wanted to thank you because the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and I am that proof. I feel so much more confident now and have got my wife and adult children on the ABC as well.
Many thanks and best wishes. Rob. England.


There are herbs found by science that are helpful for forgetfulness, to help quicker recall. Herbs like Ginkgo, Harts Tongue (Godshaer leaf), Schizandra, Terminalia from India, Ginseng from China, Pau D'Arco from Brazil. Herbs that open the capillaries in the brain and work on the dendrites in the brain to improve memory.

ForgetLess Tonic may be used on a low-dose long-term basis to help offset brain and memory decline. Combine it with a good varied diet, exercise, varied reading, mental puzzles, stimulating conversation, documentaries that make you think, outings to historical or art museams. Combine it also with the ABC Daily Herbal NutriPowder Plus for its huge range of vitamines, minerals, elements and neutroceuticals. All these will help to prevent Alzheimer's Disease.

Alzheimer's Disease Stages

Alzheimer’s Disease and its progression are described by doctors and medical researchers through stages, and symptoms that can occur in each stage. Alzheimer patients are categorized by their level of cognitive and functional impairment – mild, moderate, severe, and profound. This outline briefly summarised the stages and possible symptoms:


* Forgetfulness
* Difficulty with complex math problems, such as balancing the checkbook, doing taxes
* Inability to plan and execute a complex series of actions, such as that required to prepare a three-course meal
* Inability to stick to a complex schedule, such as that required by certain prescriptions, 2 tablets 3 times a day
* Confusion or disorientation about time, date or place, i.e, the intention to visit a friend results in getting lost


* More pronounced memory problems that may interfere with normal daily activities
* Difficulty with simple food preparation, such as brewing a cup of tea or coffee
* Inability to perform routine household chores and garden work
* Decline in personal hygiene, possibly requiring reminders or assistance to use the bathroom, shave, fasten clothing correctly, and choose appropriate clothing
* Increased wandering behavior that’s not goal-directed, getting lost
* Agitation, pacing, increased irritability
* Confusion that often becomes worse in the evening

The following symptoms can occur in both the moderate and severe stages, and may become more noticeable as the patient enters the severe stage.

* Increased irritability and agitation, verbal and physical aggression
* Symptoms of psychosis, including delusions, paranoia, and hallucinations


* Need for extensive assistance with personal care, including eating, hygiene, grooming and toileting
* Increased irritability and agitation, verbal and physical aggression
* Symptoms of psychosis, including delusions, paranoia, and hallucinations
* Unsteadiness and reduced ability to walk
* Incontinence
* Disorientation


* Complete lack of awareness of surroundings
* Total dependence on caregivers for feeding, hygiene, and everything else

When AD patients reach what’s known as the terminal stage of the disease, they may become bedridden and will certainly require around-the-clock care. At this stage, many Alzheimer’s patients succumb to opportunistic infections, such as pneumonia.

Ideas to Keep Your Memory Fine Tuned

Our brain’s ability to process information slows down as we get older; it’s just a fact of life. However, your long-term memory remains intact and reliable though, and your understanding of what you already know improves.
Here are some important methods to help retain your power to learn and improve your recall:

1. Reduce your stress level. Take time out to become aware of your breathing. Herbal help: WorryLess Tonic; MoodStepUp Tonic; BodyBuild Powder
2. Improve your blood circulation — exercise! Also, if you can, do a shoulder stand or head stand every day - it gets blood to your brain
3. Correct any reduction in your hearing or eyesight. Get tested.
4. Give quality time to your temporal lobes. For example, listen carefully to lectures, take notes, understand and discuss them afterwards with friends; listen carefully to classical music (this has been found to be particularly effective).
5. Be creative artistic and so keep your occipital lobes buzzing. Go to galleries, museums, art and photo shows. Also go on sightseeing trips with friends. You could also benefit from hormonal support eg for men HerbalV8 and women FlushLess Tonic, Herbal VW or Progesteronal Tonic.
6. Share jokes with friends. Join in with fun activities.
7. Change your routines. From dressing to brushing your teeth to taking new routes to regular places. All these changes help the brain and stimulate thought.
8. Turn off the TV and radio. Use the time to start a new hobby, or play a new musical instrument, or read something challenging..
9. Attend adult-education courses.
10. Spend time with young people.
11. Eat foods that improve health. Reduce sugar. Reduce refined foods. Have a green smoothie a few times a week. High cocoa chololate (85%) helps the brain, or make your own cocoa drink with natural stevia as the sweenener. Buy pure organinc natural Stevia here.
12. Takes specific herbs to stimulate better blood supply to the brain e.g. ForgetLess Tonic, see other herbal tonics for the brain below.

2013 Latest research: Taking regular exercise is the most effective single lifestyle choice people can make to reduce their risk of dementia, according to one of the most extensive studies yet into people’s long-term health outcomes.

Vitamin D the sunshine vitamin
Researchers at the University of California have discovered that lack of sunshine, the main source of vitamin D, is a major cause of dementia, and can even cause physical abnormalities in the brain. People who are deficient in vitamin D experience a rate of cognitive decline 3 times faster than those with adequate levels of vitamin D. The researchers recommend that people over the age of 60 should take vitamin D supplementation anf get out in the sunshine more. Buy vitamin D here

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General advice to consumers on the use of herbal remedies from the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency ( Department of Health, UK

• Remember that herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care. • Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist). • Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care. • Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing. • If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking. • Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.


Pregnant/Breast-feeding mothers

Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.

Volatile Oils

Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.


A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.

Breast-feeding mothers

A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.

Paediatric Use

Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.

Perioperative use

The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.

From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency ( Department of Health, UK


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