Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies Parkinson's Disease

Parkinsonís Disease
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - BRAIN AND NERVOUS SYSTEM - PARKINSON' S DISEASE

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for Parkinsonís Disease

General description & overview of Parkinsonís Disease

Parkinsonís disease is a progressive neurological (pertaining to the nervous system) disorder in which certain nerve cells in the basal ganglia (area of the brain that controls voluntary movement) have died or stopped working properly. These cells normally produce the neurotransmitter, dopamine, which enables nerve cells to send messages to one another and to muscle fibers for proper body movement. As dopamine becomes in short supply, messages between nerve cells and muscle fibers get confused, causing a progressive loss of motor function, tremor and muscular rigidity.

Parkinsonís disease is incurable, but with proper care, exercise, certain medications and nutrition, Parkinsonís patients can expect to live reasonably normal and satisfying lives. The disease itself is not fatal as it does not paralyze any vital organs like the heart, lungs or liver, but it may definitely cripple the patient to the extent that he may lead himself to accidents or other life threatening complications.

It usually develops only after an age of 60 and men are more prone to suffer than women. Surprisingly, some studies have shown that smokers tend to have less of this problem than non-smokers!!

Herbal & homeopathic products recommended in Parkinsonís Disease

TremorSoothe

Homeopathic remedy temporarily controls shakes; tremors; twitches and muscle spasms.

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Calm Tonic

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Brain Tonic

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Symptoms of Parkinsonís Disease

Early signs are:

 

Uncontrollable shaking, tremors Ė in a hand or arm, usually while at rest or under stress

Difficulty in initiating movements and also slowness of movements

Partial rigidity of the limbs and face

Things then move on to:

Tremors now take into their grip both the arms and legs

Natural remedies, medicines & cures for Parkinsonís Disease. Depression, insomnia and mood swings may be an eventuality in Parkinsonís as patients might get discouraged and depressed due to the continued symptoms.

Stiff stooped posture with arms hanging motionless beside the body

Difficulty in changing from one position to another

Loss of automatic movements like swinging of arms while walking

Lack of coordination in general (e.g., loss of dexterity)

Trouble chewing or swallowing (patients at times loose weight due to this)

Constipation

Slurred and difficulty in speech

A tendency to drool (dribble)

Diminished blinking

Facial expressions become frozen

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Causes of Parkinsonís Disease

The cause of Parkinsonís in most of the cases is a mystery though some breakthroughs have been made of late, in certain cases that include:

Genetic - People with a first degree relative (such as a parent, child or sibling) with Parkinson's are more likely to develop the disease. The genetic causes involve abnormalities of a protein called alpha-synuclein that accumulates in degenerating neurons. Another cause is a problem with the systems in the body that dispose of unwanted proteins.

Alternative medicines, remedies & cures for Parkinsonís Disease. It is believed that Parkinsonís tends to be inherited although there is no concrete evidence to suggest this.

Side effects of some therapeutic drugs.

Side effects of some self-administered drugs as in the case of narcotics.

Environmental factors such as carbon monoxide poisoning or poisoning by the metal manganese as well as herbicides and pesticides.

Living in a rural area or drinking well water, reduced estrogen levels, an obsessive personality, severe emotional trauma or stress and a previous head injury are also some causes attributed to Parkinson's.

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Parkinsonís Disease

Dopamine-enhancing drugs such as levodopa and carbidopa, Dopamine Agonists and Anticholinergics (adjuncts to levodopa), Amantadine (antiviral drug with dopamine properties), MAO-B Inhibitors (Dopamine is oxidized by the enzyme monoamine oxidase B and MAO-B inhibitors boost the effects of levodopa as they help to slow the breakdown of dopamine) and COMT (catechol-O-methyl transferase) Inhibitors are the major conventional medicines used for treating Parkinson's beside surgery in acute cases.

Natural therapies such as herbal and homeopathic treatments may be very helpful for the person with Parkinson's and can help to address a wide variety of symptoms. Make sure you speak with your doctor before adding any remedies to your prescription drugs and do not suddenly stop prescription medication without medical advice from a doctor or homeopath.

Natural remedies can help to reduce tremors, promote the health of the brain and nervous system, improve mood and anxiety levels Ė and also address problems like bladder infections, constipation and other related ailments. This can all help to reduce the individual's reliance on multiple prescription drugs.

Ferrum phosphoricum (Ferrum phos. D6) is a homeopathic biochemic tissue salts which supports the absorption of iron in the body. The protective myelin sheath which surrounds all nerve tissue needs iron to supply this vital nutrient to the nerve cells it encases. Iron in hemoglobin also helps to keep all body tissue, including the brain, supplied with oxygen. Regular use of Ferrum phos. can help to prevent dizziness, headaches and restlessness and is of great benefit for those who tend to feel irritable, tense and tired.

Kalium phosphate (Kali. phos. D6) is a homeopathic brain and nerve tonic par excellence as well as an amazing nerve nutrient. Used regularly it helps to calm and uplift the spirit and soothe common nervous tension and everyday stress. Kali. phos. is the most widely recommended tissue salt for soothing worry and distress.

Calcium phosphate (D6) is a biochemic tissue salt that assists the body in its natural function of creating new cells. Effective blood cell production is important to ensure good blood circulation. The cells in our body are continually dying and being replaced every day. As we grow older, it is important to keep cellular production happening as fast as cellular deterioration.

Natrium muriaticum (D6) (derived from sodium chloride) - Water is the medium by which nutrients and brain chemicals are transported from the blood into the cells and carried from cell to cell. The function of this tissue salt is to maintain the body's water balance by controlling the movement of water in and out of the cells. This means that brain cellular health is supported due to effective nutrition, oxygen and blood supply to each cell in the brain. Natrium muriaticum naturally and gently flushes the system while hydrating tissues Ė thereby assisting in the removal of toxins which may affect brain functioning.

Note: Due to the special manufacturing process of tissue salts, Nat. mur. should not be confused with salt, and may be safely used by people requiring low salt diets.

Tarentula (6C) is most effective for twitchiness of the limbs and jerking of muscles. It is commonly beneficial to people that are affected by music, impatience that borders on nervousness, a sense of urgency, and a feeling of not being able to sit still. Frequently individuals suiting this remedy find themselves sick with restlessness that prevents them from getting rest, which frequently extends the period of convalescence. Conditions that make the symptoms worse include cold weather, change of weather, and noise. Factors that tend to improve symptoms include massage, music, fresh air, and rest.

Magnesium phosphate (Mag. phos. D6) well-known as a homeopathic painkiller, Mag. phos. is also of great benefit to the health of the nerves. It acts as a natural anti-spasmodic and a nerve and muscle relaxant and is also frequently recommended for stress headaches. Mag. phos. (D6) is a salt with an affinity for the nervous system, and a deficiency can result in cramps and spasms. It is fast-acting to quickly relieve muscular twitches, hiccups, cramps, and sharp twinges of pain.

Herbal & homeopathic products recommended in Parkinsonís Disease

TremorSoothe for Parkinsonís Disease

TremorSoothe

Homeopathic remedy temporarily controls shakes; tremors; twitches and muscle spasms.

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Calm Tonic for Parkinsonís Disease

Calm Tonic

Promotes nervous system health, maintains balanced mood and worry free mind.

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Brain Tonic for Parkinsonís Disease

Brain Tonic

Promotes brain health and maintains healthy concentration, memory and balanced mood in all ages.

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Dietary recommendations in Parkinsonís Disease

To a limited extent, eating the right kind of foods definitely helps in managing the patientís life. Usually, the onus is on the people taking care of the patient, as to how diet therapy is to be practiced. In Parkinsonís, some major movements like chewing and swallowing, become quite slowed. This may result in less eating and subsequent weight loss. Therefore, a lot of time has to be allowed to the patients for meals. Also, small helpings every 2-3 hours should appeal more to the patient.

Herbal supplements for Parkinsonís Disease. The symptoms of slow chewing and swallowing are are aggravated as the conventional medications result in abnormal tongue and mouth movements.

Obesity is also a nuisance as it puts even more pressure on the already limited movement. Therefore, a balance has to be maintained in the diet so that the patient gets enough energy with less food and at the same time doesnít get obese. So, plenty of fresh fruits, green vegetables and whole grains and limited amount of unsaturated fats and proteins. Sugars and saturated fats are best avoided.

To avoid constipation, minimum intake of 1.5-2 liters of water is very necessary. Fresh juices can be given whenever the patient is willing to take. Dietary fiber is equally important, but it should be in the form of fruits like figs, papaya and pineapple instead of bran, as they have a natural laxative effect.

If the patient is on a drug that containing levodopa, a low-protein breakfast and lunch should be served, followed by a high-protein dinner to enhance the action of levodopa and improve symptoms. Drug should be taken about 40 minutes before the meals as it is generally observed that too much protein interferes with the action of the drug.

Coenzyme Q10, which is supposed to tremendously help the elderly in their various age related issues, should also be consumed. Sources of this useful compound include Soya beans, potatoes, spinach and offal. Ask your doctor before consuming any of them for the protein content.

Antioxidant rich diet is also considered important as has been proved by certain studies. Vitamin C, B1, B2, D, E, riboflavin are all needed anyway by older people and more so by Parkinsonís patient (more specifically vitamin C and E). They assume significant importance in early stages of Parkinsonís as they have proved to elongate the time after which the dependency on the drugs becomes imperative. A diet full of different, seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables should generally take care of minor supplies of these nutrients to your body. Whether supplements are enough or higher doses are required has to be judged by your Naturopath.

Vitamin B6 is also very helpful in improving the symptoms of Parkinsonís although it should not be mixed with L-dopa alone as it converts L-dopa to dopamine outside the brain instead of inside. A combination of L-dopa and carbidopa in the drug is quite safe. Amino acid phenylalanine also interacts with L-dopa. So, its supplements are also to be avoided.

Dos and don'ts (precautions) in Parkinsonís Disease

As the patient might lead himself to trouble due to various reasons cited above, it is best in the interest of the sufferer and his caretakers not to leave him alone, especially when he is on the move.

It is important that a person with Parkinson's feels useful. Allow him or her to handle tasks that will not cause strain or be too exhausting. Offer to help if necessary Ė but encourage independence as much as possible.

Stay positive and be patient. People with Parkinson's often become very depressed or grumpy about their condition. Try to be as encouraging, upbeat and optimistic as possible.

Some aids to daily living, such as railings, non-slip mats, and special chairs, may also be incorporated if and when need arises. This will make the person self-sufficient and relieve him from depression to a certain extent.

Homeopathic medicines for Parkinsonís Disease. Certain forms of physiotherapy, including speech therapy, have been found to improve the patientís ability to move and speak to a great extent. Obviously, person / persons attending to the patient are the ones who have to take care of this aspect.

Exercise is important but it has to be gentle, as this increases the patient's general mobility, balance, flexibility and wellbeing. Many Parkinson's patients find yoga very beneficial Ė especially with an experienced teacher who takes their condition into account.

The patient should wear clothes that are comfortable and easy to slip into like sweat pants, dresses or pants with elastic waistbands. Replace buttons or zips with Velcro fasteners.

The patient should communicate openly with his partner about his feelings, how the disease has affected him and the rest of the family and the impact it has on his sex life.

Simple physical activities such as walking, gardening, and swimming can greatly improve one's sense of well-being but avoid driving because reflexes and perception are usually impaired during this disease.

As people with Parkinsonís tend to get discouraged by the continued illness, especially the symptoms related to the limitations in the movements, a bit of a professional as well as home counseling, self-help groups and psychotherapy will definitely help in improving his attitude towards the disease.

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Herbal & homeopathic products recommended in Parkinsonís Disease

TremorSoothe

Homeopathic remedy temporarily controls shakes; tremors; twitches and muscle spasms.

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Calm Tonic

Promotes nervous system health, maintains balanced mood and worry free mind.

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Brain Tonic

Promotes brain health and maintains healthy concentration, memory and balanced mood in all ages.

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