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Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine in the Treatment and Management of Dementia 

Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine in the Treatment and Management of Dementia
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Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Medicine in the Treatment and Management of Dementia
Author(s):

Bruce J. Diamond

, Susan K. Johnson

, Katelyn Van Clef

, Stephanie Magou

, and Briana Stanfield

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199380862.003.0029
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date: 29 March 2020

Dementia is a devastating disorder with a profound impact on individuals, families, and societies. Evidence-based complementary, alternative, and integrative interventions may provide effective management and treatment options accompanied by fewer adverse effects. Controlled clinical trials for select herbal and non-pharmacological therapies show promise for the symptomatic relief of cognitive, behavioral, and psychological disturbances in dementia. While herbal therapies require standardization and identification of active constituents, mechanisms, efficacious dosages, and herbal-drug interactions, both pharmacological research and non-pharmacological research need larger and better controlled clinical trials with sensitive outcome measures. While these interventions may provide only modest improvement in the early stage of dementia or subtle changes in later stage patients, rigorous clinical trials are worth pursuing because they could lead to enhancements in quality of life.

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