Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder that can affect the ability to perform common, daily activities. It gets worse over time, if not treated.
It usually affects people after the age of 60, but it may start as early as the age of 40.
- Parkinson’s disease occurs when nerve cells in an area of the brain send signals to the brain which control the movement.
- Genetic factors – having a relative with Parkinson’s disease may increase the risk.
- Environmental triggers – being exposed to toxins, chemicals, and certain pesticides for the long term.
- Long-time use of certain medicines
- Tremor or shaking of hands
- The slowness of movement – over time, it may slow your movement, making simple tasks difficult and time-consuming (E.g. While walking, your steps may become shorter; it may be difficult for you to get out of a chair).
- Rigidity or stiffness of muscles
- Unsteady walk and loss of balance
- Decreased facial expressions – decreased ability to perform unconscious movements like blinking, and smiling.
- Handwriting changes – you may face difficulty in writing, and your writing may appear small.
- Speech changes – You may speak quickly, softly, slur or hesitate before talking.
- Muscle twisting, Urinary problems, sweating. Constipation may develop due to slowness of digestive tract.
- Depression and anxiety, Irritability
- Loss of smell
- Skin problems, such as dandruff
- Low blood pressure.
- Changes in memory, concentration and judgment
If untreated, it may affect the thinking and memory process.
- There is no specific imaging tests or lab tests that is recommended or definitive for Parkinson’s disease. However, in 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved an imaging scan called DaTscan which gives a detailed picture of the brain’s Dopamine activity.
- Diagnosis is mostly done by clinical tests or examination by your Doctor.
- Diagnosing Parkinson’s disease is sometimes difficult, since the early symptoms can mimic other disorders.
- Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy can help with walking and balance problems and speech problems.
- Exercise can help your Parkinson’s symptoms significantly. Some research studies have shown that doing regular Aerobic Exercise might reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Ask your Doctor before following any exercises. Your doctor will guide you based on the severity of your condition.
The following asana may help you to manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease:
- Kriyas – Kapalbhati and Jalabeti
- Increase the intake of seasonal fresh vegetables and fruits. Include foods which contain high-fiber such as cooked peas and beans, whole grains, cereals, rice and fresh fruit.
- Avoid refined and processed foods. Try to avoid nerve stimulants such as coffee, tea, alcohol and dark chocolate.
With Homeopathic treatment, we can prevent the progression and complications of the disease. Homeopathic medicines can improve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (e.g. loss of muscle coordination, trembling, awkwardness, restless legs, muscle cramps, panic attacks, difficulty in swallowing, etc.). Homeopathy is suggested for Parkinson’s disease as it wok on all age groups and is side effects free.