Amrit Pal Singh


Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by forgetfulness, disturbance in memory and loss of mental abilities. The final outcome of the disease is loss of personality and intellectual functions. Alzheimer’s disease is common cause of dementia particularly after the age of 70 years. Cholinesterase inhibitors are used for the treatment of Alzheimer’s dementia, but due to unpleasant side effect, these groups of drugs can not be used for long term treatment. Phyto drugs are being investigated for possible cure of Alzheimer’s disease. A number of constituents like Galanthamine, Huperzine, Hyperforin, and Desoxy-peganine have shown promising result. Some Ayurvedic herbs like Bacopa monneria (Bacosides) have recently gained attention because of memory enhancing activity. The article deals with latest findings in phytotherapy of Alzheimer’s disease.