Parkinson's disease or Shaking Plasy, also known as Paralysis agitates is a chronic illness related to the nervous system. Symptoms of Parkinson's include muscle stiffness and continuous involuntary tremulous motion. The tremor symptoms become more evident when the patient is at rest. These tremor symptoms tend to vanish when the patient is asleep or tries to move. When the patient is excited or fatigued tremors symptoms become more prominent.
Causes of Parkinson's disease
The cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown in most cases. It is argued that brain changes involving melanin (pigment which gives color to skin) containing nerve cells are linked to Parkinson's. These nerve cells (Substantial Nigra) are present in Basal Ganglia part of the brain and are responsible for producing a chemical (dopamine-a) which acts as a messenger in the brain. As these nerve cells deteriorate, production of dopamine-a declines and symptoms of parkinson's come into play. In most cases, Parkinson's disease is a result of degeneration. However, it may also be caused after poisoning or severe attacks of encephalitis. Stress can also lead to Parkinson's. In old age, the disease may be caused by hardening of arteries in particular vessels which lead to the brain. Few researches have shown that deficiency of vitamin E in earlier life may leave brain vulnerable to Parkinson's disease in later years.
Naturopathy treatment of Parkinson's disease
In treatment of Parkinson's disease diet plays a crucial role. The treatment may begin with a juice fast for a period of five days. The patient should consume diluted fresh fruit juice or vegetable juice ( 50% juice: 50%water) every two hours between 8am and 8pm. Orange, pineapple, grapes, cabbage, tomato, spinach, apple and carrot may be used for preparing fresh juices. In this period of fast, enema using warm water is recommended for cleansing bowels. Once the juice fast is over, for the next five days one may consume only fruits. These fruits should be taken every five hours for three meals during the day. Juicy fresh fruits such as pear, peach, papaya, grapes, pineapple, orange and apple may be consumed in this diet. Gradually, the patient may take a well-balanced lacto-vegetarian diet. The plan ( short juice diet followed by all-fruits diet) should be repeated on monthly intervals till condition of Parkinson's improves.
Raw seeds, nuts, grains, raw milk ( preferably Goat milk), sprouts, raw fruits and vegetables are beneficial. Green leafy vegetables, low-protein diet, sesame seeds and sesame seed butter also also beneficial in this condition. Meditation and relaxation can help in improving condition of Parkinson's. Yoga may also lead to improvement as it tones muscles and improves control.
Food items to avoid in Parkinson's
Patients with condition of Parkinson's should avoid chocolate, tea, coffee, spices, salt, pickles, condiments, white flour (maida) & white sugar and derived products. Processed food items, tinned, canned, frozen foods should also be avoided.
Food and water consumption
It is recommended that patient should consume water 30 minutes before and 60 minutes after a meal and not with meals. Chew food sufficiently and eat food slowly are good practices for consuming food. It also helps to not eat food to full stomach.
Fresh air and moderate activity, such as walk, are useful. A cheerful mental state is the key to improvement . To ease stiff muscles, hot moist packs may be applied and mild massage may be given to the patient. Warm bath everyday may help.
Study on Parkinson's disease
Several studies on impact of weekly dance class on mobility and quality of life of people with Parkinson's disease have been conducted. Individuals suffering from Parkinson's disease mainly have motor impairments which leads to increase in risk of falls and declines quality of life. In one study, eleven individuals (aged between 58 and 85 years) suffering from moderate to severe Parkinson's disease were significantly benefitted in short-term. The study indicated improvement in rigidity, hand movement, finger tap and facial expressions. The study showed that dance benefits Parkinson's patients by enhancing their functional mobility, improving social life, feeling and health. Dance is enjoyable and engaging hence therapeutic.