Alternative therapies

Some alternative therapies might benefit people with dementia. They work by treating the conditions related to dementia, such as sleep problems or agitation.

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The use of lemon balm may improve cognition and mood in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, and lavender oil may reduce occurrences of aggressive behaviour in dementia.

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Current findings indicate that bright light therapy may benefit people with dementia, but further research is needed. Learn more about this alternative therapy.

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Some studies have that found taking cannabis could help to manage some behavioural symptoms of dementia. However, there is currently no evidence that cannabis can help to prevent the disease.
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There have been some claims that coconut oil could be used as a treatment, or even a cure, for Alzheimer's disease. However, there is currently not enough experimental evidence to back up these claims.
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It is thought that electrical stimulation of nerves via the skin may cause chemical changes in the brain. Learn more about this procedure as an alternative treatment for dementia.