What Is Amnesia?
Memory is perhaps the most critical capacity that we have as humans. Memory is simply not a record of experience, it is the basis of our knowledge of the world, our skills, our hopes and our ability to interact with others and thus influence our destinies. (Source: Biological Psychology)
Unfortunately, the disease negatively affects our unique capacity i.e. memory. When people fail to recollect the data of the past, of their own lives, they are said to have amnesia. Additionally, the person fails to retrieve the past information, stored in memory, i.e. a state of memory loss of long term nature.
As per Medilexicon’s medical dictionary, amnesia is “A disturbance in the memory of stored information of very variable durations, minutes to months, in contrast to short-term memory, manifest by total or partial inability, to recall past experiences.”
The amnesia is very different from the state of simple forgetfulness, as in case of amnesia, the patient forgets the very important events of their lives, including some of their greater achievements, key people etc., which a normal man is not expected to.
The disease can affect both the sexes, and can happen at any point of your life. There are varying kinds of amnesia, ranging from the mild one i.e. forgetting of past to the very severe one, wherein the patient dis-remembers his own identity.
Causes of Amnesia
Any kind of ailment and/or injury to the brain can result in intervening with the complicated memory, leading to amnesia. Damage to the framework of brain that constitutes the limbic system, the hippocampus and the thalamus, can cause amnesia, as it’s this part of the brain which is responsible for controlling memories and emotions.
Chiefly the causes of the disease can be categorized into categories i.e. organic and functional.
Organic causes are as follows:
• Encephalitis- a kind of brain infection
• Celiac diseases
• Insufficient supply of oxygen to brain, in certain cases like heart attacks, carbon monoxide poisoning
• Some medicines like sleeping drugs, e.g. ambient
• Presence of tumor in the section administering memory of the brain
• Head injuries, like in case of car accidents
Functional causes are as follows:
The emotional shocks experienced at any point of life in whatever kind can trigger amnesia in a person. Certain sources of getting emotional shocks are as follows:
• Being the victim of some major violent crime
• Involvement in combating soldiers
• In attendance to the natural disasters
• Unfortunate in being prayed upon by the terrorists
Symptoms of Amnesia
Difficulty in retrieving the events of the past
Inability to learn the novel learning
Bewilderment and disorientation
Fractional to total loss of memory, depending upon the type of amnesia
Inability to identify the known faces and places
Made up memories either entirely or fabricated from the set of real memories with change in time of its occurrence
Clumsy movements sometimes quivering in nature
Natural Home Remedies For Amnesia
•The simplest home remedy for amnesia is to have a tsp of honey with the finely grounded black pepper once a day. This would go a long way in letting you overcome your illness.
•Take three gm of black cumin seeds with two tsp of honey, and consume it daily in the morning. This is the one of the best home remedy for the disease.
•Rosemary has been discovered to make the lives of patients suffering from amnesia merry; in fact the herb is called as herb of remembrance. To make the rosemary tea, add 1-2 teaspoon of herb to the one cup of boiling water (225ml), and let it soak the curative features from the leaves for 5 minutes. Filter the solution and add a few drops of lime juice. Drink the tea 1-2 times on daily basis.
•Walnuts are remarkable for improving the efficiency of the memory, so consuming 20 gm of it, will certainly improve your memory. If taken with raisins and fig, you are going to have the best results.
•Almonds are known all over the world as beyond the compare memory boosters. Drench 10 almonds in water overnight, followed by the removal of outer brown colored covering. Thereafter, make the paste and take it with the butter, every morning. It will boost up your memory and further help you to overcome needless anger.
•Holy Basil leaves are found to be very effective in curing the disease. Boil the leaves in the water, followed by straining the decoction, and allow it to cool. Then, you can drink it, or alternatively simply consume the leaves after washing with water.
•Brahmi herbs can also be put to use, by boiling it in water, and thereafter straining the broth, let it cool. Thereafter, it’s ready to be consumed in the morning, on an empty stomach.
•Consume an apple on everyday basis, as it’s rich in phosphorous, followed by a cup of milk with honey in it.
Diet For Amnesia
The importance of diet can’t be overlooked in the cure of the disease, especially in case of amnesia, in which all the nutritional needs of the body should be fulfilled. The diet should be confined to three meals. Green leafy vegetables, alfafa seeds, cottage cheese or a glass of buttermilk would be perfect. Furthermore, the patient should take phosphorous rich food like cereals, pulses, nuts, fruit juices and milk. Special preference should be given to the cow’s milk, as it is all the more beneficial, and should be consumed as much as digestible.