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Parkinson's Disease

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Welcome to Parkinson's Disease Infocenter in Holistic-online.com!

Parkinson's disease Is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system. It is a chronic, slowly progressing and often debilitating disease which ultimately affects the mind and personality Clinically, the disease is characterized by a decrease in spontaneous movements, gait difficulty, postural instability, rigidity and tremor. Parkinson's disease is caused by the degeneration of the pigmented neurons in the Substantia Nigra of the brain, resulting in decreased dopamine availability. The major symptoms of the disease were originally described in 1817 by an English physician, Dr. James Parkinson, who called it "Shaking Palsy." For the next century and a half, scientists pursued the causes and treatment of the disease. They defined its range of symptoms, distribution among the population, and prospects for cure.

In the early 1960s, researchers identified a fundamental brain defect that is a hallmark of the disease: the loss of brain cells that produce a chemical--dopamine-that helps direct muscle activity. This discovery pointed to the first successful treatment for Parkinson's disease and suggested ways of devising new and even more effective therapies.

Parkinson's disease may be treated by drugs or by surgical therapies or by both. Mind-body and nutritional therapies are useful as supplemental therapies in managing Parkinson's disease. Exercise is very important. It is important that the patients be treated at the earliest possible time it was suspected. We recommend that you consult a Parkinson's specialist immediately if you suspect Parkinson's Disease and then use the alternative therapies described here as integrative therapies in maximizing the effectiveness of the treatment.

Table of Contents

What Is Parkinson's Disease?

Who Gets Parkinson's disease?

Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

Hoehn and Yahr Staging of Parkinson's Disease

Understanding Parkinson's Disease

Causes of Parkinson's Disease

Treatments - Parkinson's Disease

Modern Western Medicine

 

Alternative/Integrative Medicine

Treatments for Parkinson's Disease

Levodopa

Carbidopa and Levodopa

 

Dietary Guidelines

Nutritional Supplements for Parkinson's Disease

Exercise

Physiotherapy

Herbal Remedies

Homeopathy

Bach Flower Remedies

Reflexology

Acupuncture and Acupressure

Anthroposophical medicine

Body Work

Juice Therapy

Dopamine Agonists

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Bromocriptine

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Pergolide

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Ropinirole

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Pramipexole

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Cabergoline

Selegiline

COMT Inhibitors

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Tolcapone

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Entacapone

Complications Of Long-Term Therapy In Parkinson's Disease
Surgery for Parkinson's Disease   Common Sense Recommendations

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