Is Parkinson’s an age-old degenerative disease? Yes, since its mention is in our ancient Vedas. The symptoms: • Tremor in hands: At the beginning, one may notice a little trembling or shaking in the hands while either doing a task or even when the hand is resting. • Rigidity in movement: With the onset of Parkinson's disease the patient not only finds it difficult to get up from a chair but also slows down considerably while walking having to drag their feet as they try to walk. • Difficulty to balance: The body is able to balance itself while walking. But with Parkinson’s to balance the body gets difficult, often leading to falls amongst the elderly. • Changes in speech: Speech becomes softer and slower • Writing changes: With trembling hands and stiffness, it is difficult to write. • Difficulty in swallowing: Swallowing gets more difficult as the disease progresses. Also drooling occurs due to saliva getting accumulated in the mouth. • Bladder control: Parkinson's disease leads to bladder problems, including being unable to control urine. • Constipation: Constipation is also one of the signs of Parkinson’s. • Fluctuating blood pressure: You may feel dizzy or lightheaded when you stand due to a sudden drop in blood pressure (orthostatic hypotension). • Losing sense of smell: Difficulty in identifying or differentiating odors is felt. • Cognitive problems: Dementia usually sets in the later stages of Parkinson disease. The cause: 1. Lifestyle: A balanced lifestyle and a healthy body mean balanced doshas in the body. Excess Vata Dosha in the body can cause Parkinsons disease (Kampavata). 2. Genes: Though not always, there is a risk of Parkinson's disease being genetic. How does Ayurveda help to cure Parkinsons? Ayurveda is a science over 5000 years old. Today, modern Ayurveda provides healthcare through sustainable and holistic treatments with herbal medicines, massages and tailor-made treatment plans. If Ayurveda treatment is sought in the early stages or within the first three months of the onset of Parkinson’s, the chances of a full recovery is 100%. In the science of Ayurveda, imbalances in the body lead to Parkinson's disease. It is a neuro-degenerative disorder that affects movement. It starts with slight tremors but keeps progressing, ultimately causing the muscles to go rigid. Mostly occurring in old age, the disease affects the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine. The treatment does not help to restore the lost dopamine cells but assists the remaining dopamine cells to produce more dopamine. Ayurveda does not tackle the dopamine levels in the brain alone but provides a whole body function improvement. When the body functions improve they in turn affect the functioning of the brain cells. Thereby, the Ayurvedic treatment for Parkinsons combines: i.) Diet: In order to restore balance, the food we eat plays an important role. Ayurveda, advises the consumption of certain food types, while completely avoiding some. ii.) Exercise: Movement is essential to slow down the progress of rigidity. A professional doctor practicing alternative medicine combines an exercise routine into the overall treatment. iii.) Sleep: The neurodegeneration process of Parkinson’s disease leads to sleep disorders. Ayurveda with the help of massages, help to improve nocturnal sleep and daytime alertness. iv.) Panchkarma: Panchkarma therapy used in Parkinson’s disease is an organic process used by the best Ayurveda practitioners. It includes: - Intake of natural medicine induced oil or ghee to provide a nutritional boost to the body. - Removal of waste products causing hurdles in smooth functioning of the body. - Strengthening the joints by massage therapy. v. Organic medicine: Organic medicine, which is plant based, provides nutritional boost to the cells, which cannot be obtained from chemical medicine. Organic treatments for Parkinson’s are now being preferred to the conventional treatment since they address the root cause of the disease. Mostly chemical-based medicines cause the symptoms of the disease to subside temporarily and as soon as the medication is stopped the disease is active again, in some cases it’s even worse. Conclusion: With aging population and environmental factors the number of patients suffering from Parkinsons has risen to over 7 million worldwide. Scientists have recently discovered brain imaging of the serotonin system aids prognosis on the ailment. The earlier you visit a recognized holistic multi specialty clinic that specializes in creating medicines, therapies and treatments for Parkinsons, the higher your chances to stall further progress of the disease. To remain functional, mobility is not a mere thought; make it happen.
Along with mainstream medicine, is the concurrent practice of alternative medicine. Alternative medicine and alternative therapies rely less on chemical compositions and more on natural plants, herbs and metals. Ayurveda is one such ancient Indian science which addresses a number of aliments by not only dealing with the specific disease but by taking a more holistic approach towards the entire body functioning to ascertain the root cause of the disease. So can Ayurveda cure Alzheimer’s disease? 50 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer’s. By 2050, these numbers are expected to reach a whopping150 million. Alzheimer's disease is described as; a neurological progressive mental degeneration whereby the slow death of brain cells causes senility, cognitive and memory loss. It mostly occurs in middle years or in later years old age, due to deterioration of the brain cells. The treatment in Ayurveda used to treat an Alzheimer patient includes: - Detoxifying the body. - Preparing an individual diet plan which encourages certain foods which help nourish brain cells. - Intake of organic medicines (plant based medicine or natural medicine) to provide a nutritional boost to the brain cells. - Panchkarma therapies What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease? When should you visit an Ayurveda doctor? Alzheimer's disease is the most common nature of dementia. It occurs when plaques containing beta amyloid begin to form in the brain. The most common symptoms to look out for are: 1. Memory loss- Memory loss is a usual indicator of Alzheimer’s. This is perceived when the patient begins to misplace belongings and unable to recall where placed, is unable to recall information, when he/she forgets events, gets lost on the once familiar road. 2. Reducing decision making ability- With the onset of Alzheimer’s, the patient’s decision making, forming any judgment, problem solving ability begins to slow down. 3. Impaired visuospatial ability- The Alzheimer’s patient progresses from not able to read or recognize daily objects to forgetting faces and people. 4. Speech impairment- Difficulty with vocabulary to express thoughts in words is a common symptom of Alzheimer’s. 5. Behavioral changes- An Alzheimer’s patient often begins to display anger, lack of interest, social withdrawal and the lack of any motivation or drive to function. 6. Sense of humor- In the Journal of Alzheimer’s disease published by University College, London, 2015, the findings suggested that a change in sense of humor and laughing at inappropriate moments might be an early sign of Alzheimer's. These symptoms grow with time. If any of the two above symptoms are observed in a person, it is best you consult the Ayurveda specialist immediately. Brain cells cannot be brought back to life but if the treatment is started in the very initial stages, then Ayurveda can definitely delay the progress of the disease from months to years. Don’t wait for the disease to reach a level where the person with Alzheimer's is completely unable to function by himself/herself and needs full-time assistance. Additional statistics reveal, 30% of people with Alzheimer’s also have heart disease, and 29% also have diabetes. Causes of Alzheimer’s: - Genetic mutations and presence of brain lesions - Poor lifestyle comprising of unhealthy diet, very little physical activity/exercise, over indulgence in alcohol and excessive smoking Conclusion: A recent research finding, published in the medical journal JAMA, London, July 2019, mentions ‘the risk of dementia was reduced by 32% in people with a high genetic risk if they had followed a healthy lifestyle, compared to those who had an unhealthy lifestyle’. Thereby, don’t wait for much longer. Visit an Ayurveda doctor near you who not only suggests ayurvedic medicine for memory loss in old age but also how to cure Alzheimer’s disease naturally.
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