Parkinson’s disease is one of the most serious chronic ailments affecting the nervous system. It is characterized by muscle stiffness and a continuous tremor or shake. This disease affects the extra pyramidal system.
Parkinson’s disease usually occurs with the onset of symptoms such as a combination of the tremor of the limbs and stiffness of the muscles. When the patient is at rest, these tremors are more noticeable and when he attempts to move they tend to disappear. Other symptoms include involuntary jerking movements of the arms and legs, cramping pains in the back and speech impairment. The patient is not able to move in more advanced stages and he may also face a problem in carrying out his routine activities.
Parkinson’s disease is mainly caused due to the deterioration of nerve cells in the brain containing melanin, the pigment that gives color to the skin. Due to the deterioration of these nerve cells, a chemical called dopamine that carries messages within the brain falls and leads to the resultant disease symptoms. Other cause of Parkinsonism may include poisoning from substances such as carbon monoxide, hardening of the brain arteries in aged persons and deficiency of essential vitamins, especially Vitamin E.
Nature Cure for Parkinson’s disease: The treatment for Parkinson’s disease should first commence by putting the patient on a juice fast for about four days. During this period he should take a glass of fruit or vegetable juice, diluted with an equal quantity of water every two hourly throughout the day. Fruits and vegetables which may be used for juices are apple, orange, grapes, pineapple, tomato, cabbage, carrot and spinach. Diet plays a major role in the treatment of this disease and it is absolutely essential to strictly adhere to the diet restrictions. A warm water enema should be administered daily during this period of fasting for cleansing the bowels. This juice fast followed by an all fruit diet may be repeated at an interval of about thirty days if there is improvement in the condition.
The patient may thereafter switch to an all fruit diet for further four days after the juice fast. In this regimen he should take three meals a day of fresh juicy fruits such as apple, peach, pear, papaya, grapes, pineapple and orange at an interval of five hours.
The patient may gradually embark upon a well balanced diet consisting of vegetables, grains, seeds and fruits with more emphasis on sprouted seeds and raw milk. Green leafy vegetables and yellow turnips are very beneficial. The patient can also consume sesame seeds and low protein diet of organically grown foods for beneficial results.
Foods such as tea, coffee, spices, chocolate, salt, white sugar, white flour products, fleshy foods, canned processed and frozen foods, condiments and pickles should be totally avoided by the patient suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
Use of Vitamin E has also been found to be beneficial in the treatment of Parkinsonism. It is necessary to take a balanced diet of foods rich in Vitamin E which may slow down the progress of this disease and offer a speedy recovery. Application of hot compress over the affected area is also useful in relieving muscle stiffness.
One of the most important factors responsible for Parkinsonism is Stress. All the necessary steps should be taken by the patient to eliminate stress in his day to day life. Meditation and relaxation techniques especially Shavasana should be employed for this purpose. Meditation and Pranayama when employed with Yoga will help in improving muscle tone and control. If there is a problem of Insomnia, it can also be overcomed by meditation.
Along with these measures, the patient should take every possible step to maintain a positive and cheerful mental outlook. He should lead a balanced and an active life and carry out light physical exercises such as walking daily in fresh air.
Thus it can be said that Parkinson’s disease can be effectively treated and cured by the application of various natural treatments, along with the employment of yoga and meditation techniques.