Best Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease and Natural Alternatives

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Parkinson’s disease has no cure at the moment. However, we’ll show you some of the best natural treatments for Parkinson’s disease to control its symptoms (tremors, muscle stiffness, and difficulty making movements) so you can enjoy life much better.

Once a person is diagnosed, it must follow the treatment prescribed by the doctor. However, the patient may occasionally want to ask about the possibility of incorporating natural remedies into their treatment.

If you have a minute, watch this video for insightful information about Parkinson’s disease and other ways to control it.

At this point, you must consider the following:

  1. Several recipes for natural remedies to treat Parkinson’s disease have been promoted even though they lack scientific validity. Most of them are based on hasty conclusions from the results of some published research. Nevertheless, indications of found evidence are insufficient, and therefore, further studies are still necessary
  2. No natural remedy can substitute medical treatment. It’s not recommended
  3. If curiosity arises, it’s most appropriate for the patient to consult their doctor about its use before trying it
  4. In the event of testing, the patient should consider point 2 at all times. Remember that any natural remedy is just another ally and never a real “cure” for the disease

Best treatment for Parkinson’s disease: Natural remedies

Treatment for Parkinsons Disease

Let’s review the most recommended natural remedies and alternatives for Parkinson’s:

Fava beans

As stated by the World Health Organization, levodopa is an amino acid used to treat Parkinson’s.

Although this substance is found in various medications, it’s also contained in fava beans (and most types of beans). Therefore, it is believed that consuming these legumes could naturally improve some of its symptoms.

Antioxidants

Several reviews and tests argue that many foods’ antioxidant properties could help combat the oxidation process.

This will slow down, to some extent, and always along with medical treatment, the development of Parkinson’s disease.

For this reason, a diet rich in antioxidants could be a key complement in treating the disease. However, it shouldn’t be a substitute for the main treatment.

According to this approach, regular consumption of strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, tomatoes, carrots, grapes, broccoli, walnuts, and foods containing vitamin C, E, and selenium would be recommended.

Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba is a plant believed to possess various health benefits, even when suffering from Parkinson’s disease. However, some professionals claim it’s not.

Those who favor using it affirm that it improves blood circulation and promotes oxygenation and blood supply to the brain.

In contrast, those who discourage its use state that there isn’t any evidence to demonstrate positive effects.

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The truth is, there is no real evidence in the scientific literature that ginkgo biloba somehow improves Parkinson’s. In any case, it would be best to avoid this remedy and stick to your physician’s guidance.

Coenzyme Q10

Parkinson’s patients have low Q10 levels, so it would be wise to restore them. For this, Q10 supplements could be consumed.

Alternative therapies

Since we’re talking about the best Parkinson’s treatments available, we must also mention alternative therapies.

Whether they work or not (although for some people do), they won’t hurt you. Let’s see what they are:

  • Acupressure: it’s one of the most used despite lacking scientific endorsement. Some of the symptoms treated are mainly psychological, such as anxiety
  • Tai-chi: the different exercises included in this discipline help improve aspects such as muscular strength, flexibility, balance, and stability, reducing falls
  • Food: As we’ve discussed earlier, there are food components that could positively affect Parkinson’s patients. Fava beans appear to cause improvements due to their levodopa content. On the other hand, vitamin C favors the absorption of this active principle
  • Osteopathy: At the moment, it doesn’t have many scientific endorsements. Still, procedures such as the Alexander technique have been shown to have positive effects on people with Parkinson’s. This method consists of the psychophysical “re-education” of a person to improve performance, coordination, and sensory perception

Treatment for parkinson’s disease with traditional medications

Treatment for Parkinsons Disease

To treat Parkinson’s (or any other disease), it’s best to follow your Doctor’s guidance. The use of natural remedies and other alternatives not based on scientific evidence can be counterproductive.

Therefore, it’s best not to resort to them (or at least, not without first consulting the doctor about their use).

Here’s eight of the main medications and therapies used in the treatment for Parkinson’s disease according to most medical institutions:

1- Carbidopa

As we said earlier, Levodopa is a natural chemical that enters the brain and turns into dopamine when combined with carbidopa.

Some people may experience side effects such as nausea, lightheadedness, and sudden involuntary movements.

It’s one of the most effective treatments for Parkinson’s, although, after long-term use, the effects begin to vary.

2- Carbidopa-Levodopa (Duopa)

Duopa

Duopa (approved by the FDA-2015) is a combination of carbidopa and levodopa in a gel administered through a feeding tube in the small intestine.

This suspension (Duopa) is generally administered to patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease whose response to carbidopa-levodopa varies.

The drug is continuously administered so that the level remains constant in the body.

<<The risks associated with Duopa are infections at the feeding tube site and loss of the tube.>>

3- Dopamine agonist

The dopamine agonist mimics the effects of dopamine in the brain.

They’re generally not as effective as levodopa, but the effects last longer and can be used together with levodopa to counteract any fluctuations inefficiency.

These medications can be administered through a patch, orally, and injected.

<<Side effects include: nausea and lightheadedness, drowsiness, hallucinations, and compulsive behaviors such as gambling, overeating, and hypersexuality, which should be treated by a doctor.>>

4- MAO-B inhibitors

Medications like selegiline and rasagiline help prevent the breakdown of dopamine in the brain by releasing the monoamine oxidase B (MAO-B) enzymes.

Generally, these medications should not be taken in conjunction with certain narcotics or antidepressants; since patients will occasionally experience serious reactions.

<<Side effects of MAO-B inhibitors include insomnia, nausea, and if taken with carbidopa-levodopa, they can also cause hallucinations.>>

5- COMT inhibitors

These types of medications help prolong the effects of levodopa by blocking brain enzymes that deplete dopamine.

<<The side effects are the same as taking levodopa, mainly involuntary movements, and diarrhea.>>

6- Anticholinergics

Traditionally, anticholinergics have been used to help combat tremors commonly experienced in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

<<However, its side effects like confusion, hallucinations, memory loss, constipation, and urination problems are often more troublesome than tremors.>>

7- Amantadine

Amantadine can be prescribed to patients in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease to offer relief from their symptoms.

It can also be taken in combination with carbidopa-levodopa in the later stages of the disease to control side effects such as involuntary movements.

8- Deep brain stimulation

For patients who no longer respond to levodopa, deep brain stimulation involves the insertion of electrodes in the brain connected to a generator implanted in the chest area.

Electrical impulses sent from the generator to the electrodes can reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

This type of surgery should be a patient’s last resort because it carries serious risks such as cerebral hemorrhage, stroke, and infection.

Also, patients may need equipment adjustment or parts replacement at some point, which implies more surgery.

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Best Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease and Natural Alternatives

Joel & The Wellness Team

Hey! Joel here; A graduate of Herbalism & Naturopathic Medicine School. My team and I are passionate about finding ways to improve our lives on a daily basis and truly believe in natural alternatives of doing so before seeking traditional medications. However, always consult with your Doctor/Physician first before taking any actions regarding your health. Stay Safe and Healthy!

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