What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that occurs when brain cells or neurons start degenerating. In this disease, a region in the brain called substantia nigra contains cells (dopaminergic) that produce dopamine starts degenerating. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a significant role in controlling movements and emotions.
What are The Signs and Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease can be mild initially or might go unnoticed and can occur depending on age or person. Some of the symptoms may include-
- Tremor Shaking of hands, fingers, and limbs
- Bradykinesia Parkinson’s disease results in slowed down movements, steps become shorter and simple tasks become time-consuming.
- Depleting Automatic Movements Reduced ability to perform unconscious movements like blinking, smiling or swinging hands while walking.
- Rigidity in Limbs and Muscles Painful stiff muscles that might restrict your range of motion.
- Balance and Gait Problem Changes in the manner of walking due to loss of control in movements.
- Diminishing Posture and Balance Individual affected may start developing a stooped posture or might face difficulty in balancing.
- Speech Changes A person may hesitate in sharing emotions and speaks either too softly or quickly.
- Non-Motor Symptoms Depression, constipation, sleeping disorders, and apathy.
what are The Causes of Parkinson’s Disease?
The causes for Parkinson’s disease remain unknown but the major reason for the onset of this disease is the dropping of dopamine levels which ultimately cause motor or non-motor symptoms. There are several factors that may lead to Parkinson’s disease.
- Genetic Factors Any variation or mutation in genes raises the risks of Parkinson’s disease. It may be due to the deletion or addition of genes that could be inherited from parents.
- Environmental Factors These factors may include head injury, exposure to pesticides, herbicides, metals and Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs).
Diagnosed And Treatment
About 40% of the Parkinson’s disease cases are not diagnosed and 25% get misdiagnosed. Some of the clinical and physical examinations which are used in diagnosis are as follows-
- Positron emission tomography (PET)
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
What is Amantadine?
Amantadine is a synthetic primary tricyclic amine that possesses antiviral, antiparkinsonian and antihyperalgesic properties. This works significantly in stimulating dopamine from dopaminergic nerves that manage Parkinson’s disease.
What can be the side effects of Amantadine?
Persons who have been receiving amantadine may have some adverse effects like suicidal thoughts, neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), nausea, hallucinations, etc. So individuals facing the issues with allopathy treatment are either suggested to reduce the dosage, stop it completely or should change the mode of treatment either.
Alternative treatment for Parkinson’s disease
Treatment for Parkinson’s diseases can be managed depending on the severity of the symptoms. According to Ayurvedic principles, Kampa Vatha or Parkinson’s disease is caused due to the unbalancing of Vata dosha which dries up the nerves. This can be treated naturally by herbal supplements and changing lifestyle which will not have any kind of side effects.
Natural treatment for Parkinson’s disease by Planet Ayurveda
Planet Ayurveda is offering a Parkinsonism care pack which has been formulated by 100 % pure herbs under managed supervision of MD Ayurveda experts. All the products mentioned below are natural, vegetarian and free from any kind of harmful chemicals, additives, and preservatives.
1. Ashwagandha Capsules
Its is herbal supplements offered by Planet Ayurveda is formulated with pure extracts of (Withania Somnifera) which is beneficial in relieving stress, increasing energy and strength in the body. Ashwagandha has tremendous properties in the rejuvenation of nerve cells and improves sleep quality. This product is also beneficial in improving circulation, assimilation of nutrients, pacifying Kapha and Pitta dosha. It has proved to be useful in treating various ailments like arthritis, hypertension, spermatorrhea, tuberculosis, depression, insomnia, erectile dysfunction, and diabetes.
Dosage-2 capsules two times a day after meals with plain water.
2. Brahmi Chyawanprash
Brahmi Chyawanprash is an herbal combination of many medicinally important herbs like Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri), Dashmoola, Bala (Sida Cordifolia), Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera), Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus Niruri), Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus), Nagarmotha (Cyperus Scariosus), Jivanti (Leptadenia Reticulate), Punarnava (Boerhavia Diffusa), Jeerak (Cumimum Cymimum), etc. which makes it enriched with minerals and vitamins. This formulation is beneficial in treating Asthma, Gout, anorexia, Nervosa, male infertility, insomnia, and dementia. Brahmi Chyawanprash prevents skin diseases, blood disorders, improving memory, indigestion, and improves immunity. Brahmi itself works tremendously in increasing stamina and concentration. Jivanti (Leptaderia Reticulata) treats bleeding disorders, tuberculosis and is effectively improves immunity and overall health of the body.
Dosage- 1-2 teaspoonfuls two times a day with milk.
3. Zandopa Powder
This effective herbal powder contains ‘Mucuna purines’ which is also known as Dopabean which is beneficial in reducing stress, anxiety and improves libido in both the sexes. This product helps in balancing dopamine which plays an important role in balancing emotions and in reducing symptoms of Parkinson’s diseases. It’s a natural supplement that supports brain health and maintains good memory especially in old age. Dopabean is enriched with the goodness of L-Dopa (Levodopa) which induces better tolerability in the affected person.
Dosage- 1 teaspoon two times a day with plain water.
4. Brahma Rasayana
Brahma Rasayana is an effective herbal product by combining approximately forty-eight Indian traditional herbs like Brihati (Solanum Indicum), Shalaparni (Desomodium Gangeticum), Punarnava (Boerhavia Diffusa), Jivanti (Leptadenia Reticulata), Darbha (Saccharum Spontaneum), Jivaka (Malaxis Acuminata), Ikshu (Saccharum Officarium), Meda (Litsea monopetalous), etc. which is a great tonic for maintaining healthy nerves and mental stamina.
Dosage- 1 teaspoon two times a day with milk after breakfast.