Reduce PD Symptoms, Naturally

Published August 21, 2012 by SHELLIE FRADDIN

What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a common condition of the brain that typically begins in the middle to later part of life. It is a progressive condition, meaning that it continues to get worse with time. There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease, nor is there a way to prevent it.

Parkinson’s disease has probably existed for thousands of years. Its symptoms and potential therapies were mentioned in the Ayurveda (the system of medicine practiced in India as early as 5000 B.C.) and in the first Chinese medical text (Nei Jing), which appeared 2,500 years ago.

What Causes Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease results from the loss of brain cells in a region of the brain that controls movement. This loss creates a shortage of dopamine, which is a chemical in the brain called a neurotransmitter. This loss of dopamine results in the problems with movement that are characteristic of Parkinson’s disease.
Although there are many theories as to why these brain cells die, no actual Parkinson’s disease cause has ever been proven.
Current theories regarding the possible cause or causes of Parkinson’s disease include:
  • Environmental factors
  • Genetic factors
  • Free radicals
  • Normal age-related wearing down
  • A combination of some or all of these theories.

SYMPTOMS OF PARKINSON’S DISEASE

  • Stiffness in the limbs and trunk
  • Slow movement
  • Loss of spontaneous and automatic movement (such as swinging the arms when walking)
  • A shuffling gait
  • A stooped posture
  • Problems with coordination and balance
  • Fixed facial expressions
  • Speaking in a soft voice.
  • Tremor

COMPLICATIONS OF PARKINSON’S

  • Depression 
  • Personality changes
  • Dementia
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Speech impairments
  • Sexual difficulties.

SUPPLEMENTS:

Medical Reporters and Licensed Health Practitioners involved with Complementary medicine  have learned that many Parkinsonians are taking the following supplements to reduce some of the symptoms:

DIET AND NUTRITION


Fruits and veggies high in antioxidant properties (the more color the higher amounts of antioxidants)

*Berries (blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, pomegranates, cherries)

Apples, oranges, grapefruits, tomatoes,

Dark green, yellow, red and purple veggies

(spinach,brussel sprouts, kale, collards, swiss chard,  dandelion  greens, squash, cabbage, beets)

High Fiber Foods (whole grain breads, pastas, grains such as brown rice, quinoa, whole oats)

Diets high in calcium (milk and dairy products, dark green leafy vegetables)

Fish – two or more servings of fish a week are recommended.

Cooked dried beans

Coffee and caffeine intake is associated with a significantly lower incidence of PD according to JAMA study

EXERCISE

..helps to keep muscles strong and improve flexibility and mobility. Exercise will not stop Parkinson’s disease from progressing; but, it will improve your balance and it can prevent joint stiffening.

Suggested Exercises: Zumba Gold Fitness Classes (standing or seated) gardening; walking; swimming; water aerobics; yoga, tai chi, qi gong.

MUSIC AND DANCE

Why should Parkinsonians exercise?

Because exercise increases oxygen & glucose to the brain, which enhances brain function. The body responds by forming new capillaries to accommodate additional blood to nerve cells. There’s also an increase in brain chemicals which can protect and strengthen nerves.

The human brain is capable of creating new connections which can bypass damaged areas, thus allowing Parkinsonians to regain lost motor skills & muscle control. Regular, daily mental & physical exercise therapy can improve muscle function over time. Mind-body training occurring with certain exercises, includes retraining the brain to focus while repetitive physical movements strengthen muscles.

When the central nervous system is stimulated by physical activity, there is a slowing down of brain cell destruction.  Studies show that exercise increases blood flow to various parts of the brain and increases the speed of nerve transmission  through the brain.

SOCIALIZING

LAUGHTER

PETS

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

SLEEP AND REST

FUN AND RECREATION

HOBBIES

MEDITATION

COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE

CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS

OSTEOPATHIC MANIPULATIONS

ACUPUNCTURE

MASSAGE THERAPY

REIKI HEALING

COLON THERAPY

Contact Dr. Shellie for further information re: Speaking, in-home Massage Therapy, Diet and Nutrition Counseling, Zumba Gold Fitness classes to your Parkinsonian loved one.

Email: drshellie614@gmail.com, Telephone: 602-708-9018,

or visit me on my Facebook page, Dr. Shellie-On Healthy Living and click the ‘like’ button to receive healthy living updates.

 

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