Parkinson’s is an incurable disease that unvaryingly progresses over time. Here are some effective natural remedies that help curb the symptoms of this disorder.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder. It is the second most common degenerative disorder; second only to Alzheimer’s. The primary system to be affected by PD is the motor system. PD is the outcome of death of the nerve cells that produce dopamine in the brain; the cause for which is unknown. The neurotransmitter dopamine stimulates the motor neurons. Therefore, a decrease in the production of dopamine leads to the inability to control coordination and movement. By the time the symptoms make an appearance, the patients suffering from PD have lost around 80 percent or more of these dopamine-generating nerve cells.
Around seven to ten million people across the world live with Parkinson’s disease. It is more common in men than women. The symptoms can make an appearance at any age. However, the average age when they start showing is 60 years. The risk for developing PD increases with age. It is a common disorder in elderly people, affecting one in every 20 above the age of 80. Celebrities suffering from this disorder like Michael J. Fox, Muhammed Ali, and Davis Phinney are responsible for increasing public awareness.
The primary symptoms of this disorder are related to movement. They include tremors, rigidity, slow movements, and a distinctive walk which is unsteady (termed as Parkinsonian gait). As Parkinson’s progresses, it results in a number of secondary symptoms. These include
Every patient suffering from PD does not experience all of these secondary symptoms at the same time. Also, the intensity of these symptoms varies from one patient the other.
Parkinson’s disease has no cure. The main goal of the treatment is to ease the symptoms associated with PD. The treatment plans include medications and surgery. The commonly used medications to treat the motor symptoms are dopamine agonists, MAO-B inhibitors and levodopa. These effective medications work by increasing the production of dopamine in the brain. Deep brain stimulation and surgery can be useful when the symptoms can no longer be controlled by these medications.
The thought of changing the brain chemistry with the help of drugs may sound unnatural to you. Here are some natural alternatives that you may use to get relief from the symptoms of this disorder.
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