Parkinson’s disease is a common condition of the brain that affects middle-aged men and women. It continues to grow with time even though the symptoms may appear to be less with medications. It is still a mystery to the medical world since there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease at [resent and it is very hard to prevent it. Researches state that men are affected more than women and white men fall easier victims than people of other ethnic groups.
Parkinson’s disease is not new to human history as there are evidences that it existed thousands of years ago. The symptoms and potential therapies have been mentioned in ancient texts of Ayurveda. It names it as “Kampavata”, a neurological degenerative disorder, commonly found in elderly people. The first Chinese medical text Nei Jing also has mentioned it about 2,500 years ago.
Symptoms of PD
Parkinson’s disease starts with a tremor beginning on one side of the body, frequently in hand, slowly affecting other parts of the body. The disease affects the arms, legs, feet, jaw, face, eyelids, and tongue and after sometime, the tremor can be experienced in all limbs and on both sides of the body. The patients affected with PD may find it difficult to walk, talk, or even carry out their daily chores.
Causes of Parkinson’s disease
Parkinson’s disease is a disorder in the brain control, caused by loss of brain cells. A particular region of the brain is affected due to shortage of dopamine, a brain chemical which is responsible for neurotransmission.
Recent researches state that environmental factors, genetic factors, free radicals, age-related wearing down of brain cells and some chemicals reactions are some of the reasons for Parkinson’s disease.
Ayurvedic remedies for PD
1) Fruits and vegetables
Consuming more fruits and vegetables can help the Parkinson’s disease patients to build up anti-oxidants to reduce the symptoms. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain glutathione and antioxidants. Berries, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage are highly recommended.
2) Oil massaging, fomenting and cleansing are the main treatments of Ayurveda for this neurological disorder. Ayurveda prescribes medicated oils such as ashwagandha (withania somnifera) and bala (sida cordifolia). They rejuvenate the nervous system.
3) A certain herb called atmagupta, locally known as Kappikachu, (Mucuna Pruriens) has been very effective for PD. It has been used in Ayurveda for many centuries, only recently it has drawn the attention of the medical world.
4) Rigidity and low performance of nerves associated with Parkinson’s disease is treated with nerve tonics such as Jatamansi and Shanka pushpin.
5) Ayurveda is more particular about elimination of toxins from the body to balance the three humors. Stagnation of toxins increases “vata” Modern physicians of Ayurveda have found that ingestion of aluminum in Indian cooking is an important factor in causing PD and Alzheimer’s disease. Hence they suggest avoiding the use of aluminum cookware or deodorants containing it. Lead is also another element that affects brain cells.