Combo of Taichi, Qigong benefits patients with dementia

January 3, 2009  
Filed under Aging

U of Illinois release - Those diagnosed with early stage dementia can slow their physical, mental and psychological decline by taking part in therapeutic programs that combine counseling, support groups, Taiji and qigong, researchers report. Some of the benefits of this approach are comparable to those achieved with anti-dementia medications. Read more

Ginkgo can’t prevent Alzheimer’s: large study

November 19, 2008  
Filed under Aging

AP, Globe and Mail, CTV Ginkgo biloba, the herbal supplement that is sold in health-food stores as a memory enhancer, does not prevent the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, new research suggests.

The study is the largest and longest ginkgo biloba trial performed to date. Read more

Soy, dried plum reverse bone loss

October 23, 2008  
Filed under Aging, Dietary

CM NEWS – Scientists may have found a dietary solution to reverse bone loss. A recent study indicates that a combination of soy protein, dried plum and substances used in making artificial sweeteners can restore bone mass in ovarian hormone deficient rats. Read more

Lingzhi slows progress of Alzheimer’s

January 23, 2008  
Filed under Aging

CM NEWS – The legendary mushroom has been shown to have another potential therapeutic function: to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease. Read more

Soy boosts bone density in menopausal women

December 27, 2007  
Filed under Aging, Women's health – Increased soy isoflavone consumption from dietary or supplemental sources for six months can boost mineral density in the spine by almost one gram in menopausal women, according to a meta-analysis of 10 randomised controlled trials. Read more

Acupuncture stimulates brain metabolism in dementia patients

June 25, 2007  
Filed under Acupuncture, Aging

acupuncture, dementiaCM NEWS – Needling specific acupoints may help patients with dementia, a recently published study shows. The acupoint combo seems to increase cerebral glucose metabolism in the brain, as indicated by cerebral functional imaging. Read more

UK pharm has high hope in new TCM dementia drug

June 23, 2007  
Filed under Aging

Anemarrhena Rhizome (zhi muCM NEWS – A group of Chinese scientists has finished pre-clinical research for its new anti-dementia drug, dubbed NJS, which is derived from traditional Chinese medicine substances. NJS has just become the first TCM drug that its patent licence is being sold to a UK pharmaceutical firm. Read more