Not all therapies and drugs are made equal – be cautious with your health!
More than one million Americans suffer from Parkinson’s symptoms such as tremors, muscle stiffness, speech impediments, etc. The global number is even higher. It is understandable for people to wish for a one-size-fits-all Parkinson’s treatment option that offers an effective cure. However, the truth of the matter is that is no cure for the disease as of right now. There are a few drugs, surgical methods, alternative and complementary therapy avenues that can be explored to ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s and improve the overall quality of life of a patient.
Alternative therapies for any disease fall under a wide marquee that encompasses options like chiropractic care, aromatherapy, yoga, herbal remedies, acupuncture, massages, and more. If you or your loved ones have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, it is important to work closely with your medical caregiver to create a Parkinson’s treatment plan that offers maximum relief from symptoms with minimum side effects. Lifestyle changes and alternative therapy options may help you achieve this goal. However, in general, “alternative” therapy options are most likely not tested or considered safe.
Here are a few safe and effective lifestyle changes and alternative therapy Parkinson’s treatment options you can explore:
While there are no food items connected with curing Parkinson’s disease, there are a few dietary changes you can make to ease the symptoms of the disease. Levodopa (found in Dopar and Larodopa) is one of the most common Parkinson’s treatment drugs prescribed to patients suffering from extreme tremors. Excessive protein in your diet may be stopping proper absorption of Levodopa. Therefore, most doctors recommend a diet with low protein intake (preferably 12% or lesser) per day. In general, a low protein balanced diet with plenty of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids are recommended for Parkinson’s patients.
Exercise options like Tai chi and yoga may be recommended in order to reduce stress and improve flexibility. This alternative method also works well to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety that are generally seen in Parkinson’s patients. Exercises such as dancing, light water aerobics, swimming, and gardening are recommended by most doctors. One of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease is the loss of balance. Exercise may serve to improve your balance. Remember to walk in slow and measured steps with your heel touching the floor before the rest of your foot. Maintain correct posture while exercising and walking – look in front instead of down.
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