Alternative Treatments for Parkinsons
Parkinson's disease, or PD, is a degenerative disorder that wreaks havoc on the central nervous system. This leads to decreased speech and motor skills, and can also lead to death. Although there is no known cure for the disease, there are still alternative treatments for Parkinson's Disease available.
One of the popular alternative treatments for Parkinson's is the use of Ayurvedic medicine, which can be traced back to India five thousand years ago. In general, Ayurvedic medicine covers a special diet, designed exercises for certain limbs and joints, meditation practices, special massages, and the use of certain herbs.
For instance, an herb that has grown popular in recent years is Mucuna puriens, which can mimic the laboratory-produced Parkinsons medication Levidopa.
Another one of emerging alternative treatments for Parkinsons is the use of broad beans, which researchers in Australia have found to produce the raw materials of Levidopa. If consumed whole, broad beans provide the body with good amounts of Levidopa. Also promising is the use of St. John's Wort, a herb that heightens the mood of Parkinsons sufferers. Depression is common in Parkinsons disease.
Also used as a vitamin supplement, co-enzyme Q10 is now gaining popularity as one of the alternative treatments for Parkinsons disease. How co-enzyme Q10 achieves this is still unclear. Moreover, people suffering from Parkinsons may need as much as over a thousand milligrams of the vitamin a day, about a hundred milligrams over the recommended dose.
These are only a few alternative treatments for Parkinsons Disease. If you are interested in any of them, you can talk to your doctor for more information.
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