Older people, due to the deterioration of certain body organs and the consequent reduction of its functionality can manifest fatigue, lack or deficit in cerebral blood flow (which can lead to memory problems and disorientation), diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular problems, insomnia, depression, urinary incontinence, impaired vision and hearing and loss of reflexes.
For this, there are medicinal plants that can promote the welfare of the elderly to be supportive medical treatment is being provided or to reduce the consumption of some drugs.
In addition, the beneficial effects of these plants, it is important that the elderly take an active and healthy life with a positive and open attitude of mind where social relations are not neglected, exercise and not abuse of certain substances such as snuff or the alcohol. Here we present plants beneficial for older adults:
To prevent blood stagnation, we have the help of garlic that have the power to decrease the viscosity of the blood and dissolve fatty plaques (cholesterol) that adhere to the walls and blood clots. Garlic is also considered a hypoglycemic what makes it useful for seniors with diabetes.
How to take: For those who have no problems (taste and odor) eating a raw garlic, they are recommended to take of2 to 4 teeth. More accepted will take in the form of beads (5-6 daily), capsules (3 g daily) in tincture or liquid extract (50 drops in three doses).
Precautions. The pure oil can not be well tolerated by some people.
Many women and some men to reach the elderly suffer from fractures or broken bones caused by osteoporosis which is loss of bone density causing them to become fragile and brittle.
A very common legume, alfalfa is rich in isoflavones, in minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus and vitamins C, D and K, which makes it an appropriate remedy to relieve osteoporosis to calcify the bones consolidate and possible fractures.
It is also useful to treat anemia, weakness, convalescence, fatigue and lack of energy.
How to take it. It is recommended in salads, but also can be ingested in liquid extract (about 30 drops into three doses), capsules (day 2-3), infusion of fresh plant or juice.
Precautions. You should not match your taking estrogen treatments.
Because obesity and a diet rich in animal fats, white flour, many older people suffer from some degree of osteoarthritis which is a degenerative process wearing cartilagepalisades between joints particularly affecting the knees, hips, shoulders and back. This wear involves difficulty moving and great pain.
Ash leaves helps address this problem by exerting a clear diuretic, purifying and anti-inflammatory action. Also, they are well suited to correct the excesses of uric acid, which attack the joints and has a diuretic action that helps people with fluid retention.
How to take it. the infusion of the leaves is recommended, up to three cups a day; syrup or, for external use, ointments and applied decoction massage or rub.
Precautions. Like any diuretic, its consumption should be under control in hypertensive heart disease or people.
Ginkgo acts as a neuronal protector, which favors the cerebral blood supply. It also helps increase mental performance, slow down or delay memory loss and avoid dizziness, ringing in the ears and disorientation experienced by many adults.
It is very useful to prevent vascular accidents such as arteriosclerosis and stroke, to delay dementia and to treat poor circulation problems such as phlebitis, varicose veins, phlebitis and hemorrhoids.
How to take it. In capsules or tablets, 2-3 to three times a day; infusion of the leaves (alone or combined with blueberry, sweet clover and red vine) to two cups a day, before eating; tincture, liquid extract and blisters (mixed with witch hazel and sweet clover).
Precautions. long treatments up to six weeks to begin to be felt benefits and are recommended to be effective.