Hou Hsiao-hsien, the internationally renowned Taiwanese director, has recently been reported to be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, a type of degenerative dementia. According to the World Health Organization, 10 million people worldwide will be suffering from dementia by 2025. Taiwan is expected to enter a super-aged society in 2026, and dementia care will be an important issue. The treatment of dementia is currently mostly based on Western medicine, but some Chinese medicine practitioners have proposed a “Chinese and Western treatment” approach, such as Yigan Powder, a traditional Chinese medicine, can help patients with dementia slow down their mental and behavioral symptoms.
Dementia is divided into two types: degenerative and vascular. Degenerative dementia is common and Alzheimer’s disease is common, while vascular dementia is caused by stroke or chronic cerebrovascular disease, resulting in poor blood circulation; currently, routine treatment is It is impossible to prevent or restore the damaged brain. It can only improve symptoms or delay the progression of the disease. In particular, dementia is usually accompanied by mental behavioral symptoms such as personality changes, delusions or hallucinations. During treatment, most of them will be combined with psychiatric medication to improve the condition. The patient’s psychiatric and behavioral symptoms.
In addition to Western medicine, Chinese medicine doctor Zhou Yanrong said that Bupleuri in the traditional Chinese medicine Yigan Powder can soothe the liver, relieve stagnation, and regulate liver qi; Angelica can nourish the blood, soften the liver, and calm liver qi; plus Poria, Atractylodes, and licorice, etc., can nourish the liver. The combination of spleen earth and righteousness is beneficial to the health of the body. The synergistic effect of these herbs can adjust the symptoms of internal liver wind and stabilize it, and effectively suppress excessive emotional fluctuations; Uncaria has the effects of extinguishing wind and relieving spasm, clearing away heat and calming the liver, and can also well control the emotional symptoms related to dementia. In addition, clinically, Yigan Powder combined with Ziziphus Seed, Polygala Polygala, and Albizia Julibrissin Bark can also exert a calming effect on the mind.
Chinese medicine practitioner Zhou Yanrong pointed out that Yigan Powder has been developed in Japan for many years and is widely used to improve the mental and behavioral symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to traditional Chinese medicine, Zhou Yanrong suggested that it can also be treated with acupuncture, laser acupuncture, meridian massage, etc. Using the method of dredging and regulating qi and blood in the meridians to improve dementia, in the future when people face the situation of caring for patients with dementia, they can seek professional help from traditional Chinese medicine on the basis of Western medicine treatment. “Treatment of both Chinese and Western medicine” can improve the treatment of dementia. Quality of life for patients and caregivers.