Parkinson’s disease does not have a cure. It is a progressive disease that will gain in intensity, as the person grows older. New treatments are discovered that help improve motor function and strides have been made in treating depression and sleep disorders in Parkinson’s patients.In this day of increased exposure to news sources and medical advice, patients are well educated and proactive about their disease. Alternative therapies are researched and have gained favor over some traditional methods of treatment. For some the use of alternative and complementary treatments are strange and foreign to them. Some are not convinced they are effective and little has been done to test their effectiveness. The National Center for Complementary and alternative Medicine is a government organization that will conduct these tests, as will many universities.
In other cultures the use of alternative treatments are widely accepted such as the use of Tai chi and Yoga. Acupuncture and therapeutic massage are also popular and accepted methods of alternative treatments in some centers that are treating Parkinson’s disease. There is also herbal supplements and therapies but you should be careful about self-medicating yourself or using it instead of prescriptions.
Can antioxidants be helpful in treating Parkinson’s disease? These are substances that can detoxify free radicals that are involved in cell death relating to this disease. Vitamin E is a great source of antioxidants because the body can use it easier than other supplements. Another treatment to consider is Coenzyme Q10. Recommended dosage of Coenzyme Q10 is 1200/mg each day. Lower doses have little effect on patients with Parkinson’s disease. It is expensive but does appear safe and tolerated easily by the body.
Another alternative treatment considered helpful to Parkinson’s patients is Ayurvedic medicine. It is something that has been practiced in India for many thousands of years. It concentrates on total body wellness and joining body, mind and spirit to treat a specific disease or health condition. The system uses methods of detoxification using cleansing therapies and balancing body, mind and spirit using yoga and meditation. One of the cleansing agents is drawn from a legume that contains levodopa. This ingredient has been used for thousands of years and was originally used to treat an old disease that has similar symptoms to Parkinson’s. Yoga is a practice that is associated with Ayurvedic medicine. It uses the same principals and involves breathing, meditation, and proper use of the poses. Body, mind and spirit are the focus of Yoga postures. They can be tailored to fit the physical needs of patients with Parkinson’s disease. As normal with any new exercise routine, consult your doctor before you start.
Parkinson’s patients who are looking to improve their balance and flexibility are good candidates for Yoga as well as Tai Chi, another Eastern alternative medication. Many park districts, senior centers, and physical fitness centers are offering these classes to senior citizens routinely. It is important to start any new program gradually and build to a more advanced level so as not to injure the body.