Parkinson’s disease is characterized by a premature ageing of certain brain cells which are responsible for our movement. It usually affects the elderly. The disease takes hold slowly, and begins with a sense of weakness and a slight tremor of the head or hands, it then gradually progresses to more generalized symptoms which include:
Slow, jerky movements, stooped posture, and a shuffling gait
Continuous movement of the forefinger and thumb, it looks as if the person is rolling something between the fingers and thumb
In sever cases: fixed facial expression, rigid trunk and limbs and unblinking, staring eyes.
Parkinson's disease mostly effects the elderly. The first signs of this disorder are usually not noticeable, perhaps a weak or stiff limb or a fine trembling of one hand when it is at rest. These symptoms usually worsen over time. Depression and other emotional and mental problems are quite common as well. The disorder normally begins between the ages of 50 and 65. The condition is not usually life threatening and medication is often helpful in treating the symptoms.
Parkinson’s disease is mostly caused by untimely ageing of the brain cells. These cells usually co-ordinate the muscle activity which then allows us to perform specific types of movement such as swinging our arms when we walk, positioning our limbs before we stand or walk or moving our facial muscles. Unfortunately problems occur when the brain cells that allow the body to do these tasks die off prematurely.
Your doctor will be able to give you an appropriate diet. Supplements of Vitamin B complex, E, instill, calcium, chorine, magnesium, ginseng and potassium should also be taken. It is also a good idea to avoid spicy foods.
Appropriate furniture and fittings that will make it more easier for the Parkinson’s patient to move around should be looked at.
When to seek further professional advice
If you suspect either yourself or a friend or family member has the disease.
There are many alternative therapies which have been found very helpful in relieving symptoms and easing tight muscles, however you should consult your doctor before using any of them. Massage has been found to have very good results with Parkinson’s patients. Because of its slow movements, Yoga is an ideal form of exercise for people suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Chinese herbs believed to stop tremors and relax stiff muscles are peony (Peoria officinalis), rhubarb (Rheum palmate), magnolia bark (Magnolia officinalis) and liquorices (Glycyrrhiza realness). These combinations should be taken several times a day. However, professional advice is needed for the correct dosages. A herbal remedy that reduces tremors is a combination of Passionflower (Pass flora incarnate) and elodea. Daily doses of Evening Primrose oil might be able to reduce tremors as well. An experienced homeopath may prescribe a single remedy, a series or a combination of remedies for the many different symptoms associated with Parkinson’s.
Most treatments aim at restoring the proper balance of the brain cells that have been affected by this disorder. Drugs are a common way of doing this, but neurosurgeons have had some success with experiments that involve operative procedures. Medication can effectively control symptoms for years and some treatments focus on the effects of the disorder rather than the causes. Physiotherapist have been known to help with body alignment and muscle strength.
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