Tuesday, September 05, 2006


2. India Drug Gives Alzheimer's Hope

LONDON, ENGLAND, September 5, 2006: Scientists in the UK and India are examining the ancient Indian ayurvedic medicine for possible use in drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease. Researchers say ayurveda works in the same way as conventional drugs for boosting mental agility in the disease. They found that the plants used in ayurveda acted to improve memory and concentration in Alzheimer's sufferers. Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative and irreversible brain disorder. There is no known cure. The disease causes intellectual impairment, disorientation and eventually death.

Researchers from King's College, London and Jadavpur University in the eastern Indian city of Calcutta, studied five plants commonly used in ayurvedic medicine. They found that the plants acted to prevent the breakdown of neurotransmitters, improving memory and concentration in people with Alzheimer's disease - the most common form of dementia. The scientists are now trying to identify the chemical compounds responsible so they can be used to develop more effective drugs.



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