Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Complementary Medicine for the Modification of Risk Factors for Cognitive Impairment


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1Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia

2Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong

3Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

4Western Sydney University, Parramatta, Australia

5University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia


Complementary Medicine for the Modification of Risk Factors for Cognitive Impairment

Description

There is a natural decline in cognitive function as we age, particularly in processing speed and memory. However, a range of modifiable factors can increase the risk of accelerated cognitive decline including hypertension, chronic inflammation, atherosclerosis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and impaired central nervous system glucose regulation. A number of these factors have also been shown to play a role in the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Given the lack of adequate interventions for cognitive decline and dementia, it is essential that treatments with the potential to reduce the risk of cognitive impairment in older age are thoroughly explored.

Natural medicines, including vitamins, herbs, nutritional supplements, exercise, and diet, have been shown to possess anti-inflammatory, antihyperglycaemic, and antihypertensive properties, suggesting their utility in targeting the pathology associated with risk for cognitive decline in older age.

The purpose of this special issue is to explore the role of complementary and alternative medicine in the modification of risk factors for cognitive decline. We invite authors to contribute original research and review articles that will improve the understanding of the pathology involved in cognitive impairment in older age and the development of evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine treatment strategies for cognitive decline.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Clinical evidence on complementary and alternative medicines for the treatment of modifiable risk factors for cognitive impairment and the efficacy of cognitive enhancers
  • Mechanistic studies (in vitro and/or in vivo animal models) of complementary and alternative medicines for cognition
  • Emerging roles of complementary and alternative medicines in the management of cognitive impairment associated with a range of health conditions
  • Interaction of natural products with other drugs and medications for cognition

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 6083629
  • - Review Article

A Systematic Review of Intervention Studies Examining Nutritional and Herbal Therapies for Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia Using Neuroimaging Methods: Study Characteristics and Intervention Efficacy

Genevieve Z. Steiner | Danielle C. Mathersul | ... | Dennis H. Chang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 9472859
  • - Editorial

Complementary Medicine for the Modification of Risk Factors for Cognitive Impairment

Genevieve Z. Steiner | Sai Wang Seto | ... | David A. Camfield
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 7293626
  • - Review Article

Herbal Medicine for the Treatment of Vascular Dementia: An Overview of Scientific Evidence

Dennis Chang | Jianxun Liu | ... | Alan Bensoussan
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 2935403
  • - Research Article

Medicinal Plants of the Australian Aboriginal Dharawal People Exhibiting Anti-Inflammatory Activity

Most A. Akhtar | Ritesh Raju | ... | Gerald Münch
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 4612953
  • - Review Article

The Roles of Exercise and Yoga in Ameliorating Depression as a Risk Factor for Cognitive Decline

Danielle C. Mathersul | Simon Rosenbaum
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 6840432
  • - Research Article

Traditional Chinese Medicine Huannao Yicong Decoction Extract Decreases Tau Hyperphosphorylation in the Brain of Alzheimer’s Disease Model Rats Induced by Aβ1–42

Yu Cao | Xingxing Jia | ... | Hao Li
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 9627258
  • - Review Article

Vascular Contributions to Cognitive Impairment and Treatments with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Xinhua Zhou | Guozhen Cui | ... | Maggie Pui Man Hoi
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 3092828
  • - Research Article

The Effects of Four-Week Multivitamin Supplementation on Mood in Healthy Older Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Helen Macpherson | Renee Rowsell | ... | Andrew Pipingas
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 7603975
  • - Research Article

Improvement of Electroacupuncture on APP/PS1 Transgenic Mice in Spatial Learning and Memory Probably due to Expression of Aβ and LRP1 in Hippocampus

Xin Wang | Yanhuan Miao | ... | Zhigang Li
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 7893710
  • - Research Article

Electroacupuncture Ameliorates Learning and Memory and Improves Synaptic Plasticity via Activation of the PKA/CREB Signaling Pathway in Cerebral Hypoperfusion

Cai-Xia Zheng | Min Lu | ... | Xiao-Hua Han
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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