It is a progressive disease that affects the nerves in the brain in its special part known as substantia nigra. It is a chronic and progressive disease that is characterized by slow and continuous loss of function in terms of muscle coordination and bodily movements.
The nerve cells produce a neurotransmitter known as Dopamine. In Parkinsonism as these nerve cells degenerate, there is decrease in the levels of dopamine neurotransmitter in the body. There are unique set of signs and symptoms by which a patient of Parkinson’s disease be easily identified.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
The signs and symptoms of the disease are generally slow and progressive, they may not be initially apparent and occur in the form of Bradykinesia or slowing of movements, tremors in the hands, jaws or foot.
The person may feel fatigued, he may forget a word or two while speaking and hand writing and speech may change. Initially, the tremors may occur in the form of rubbing of thumb and fingers.
Rigidity is another feature that affects many patients. It influences different patients to varying degrees.
People also face difficulty in standing and walking which may occur variedly and episodically in different people. The signs and symptoms continue to worsen and Dementia may occur as a result.
CAUSES OF PARKINSONISM
Parkinson’s to some degree occurs as a result of a genetic predisposition to the disease. A family history of Parkinson’s does increase the chances of developing the disease.
There are many environmental factors also which affect a person’s chances of developing Parkinson’s disease.
Many harmful insecticides and pesticides which are contaminating water and other food products also become predisposing factors for the development of the disease.
Though not very difficult to diagnose, a Parkinson’s patient should have one or more of the following symptoms of Parkinsonism.
- Rigidity in the body
- Physical instability and incoordination of movements
- Slowness of movements
Parkinson’s is not a curable disease as it involves permanent death and damage of the nerve cells responsible for Dopamine release in the brain.
HOW TO CONTROL SYMPTOMS OF PARKINSON’S NATURALLY
- Avoid caffeine and carbonated drinks which stimulate the release of adrenaline a hormone known to increase tremor intensity.
- Manage weight as an excess body weight tends to worsen the symptoms like urine incontinence.
- Avoid exposure to pesticides and insecticides.
- Consume an herbal diet which is highly nutritious having plant based proteins, carbohydrates and plant based proteins and healthy fats.
HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR PARKINSON’S
1. ZANDOPA GRANULES
The most effective medicine in modern sciences for the management of Parkinson’s is L-Dopa. It is a very effective medicine that is used for its great efficacy and slowing down the degeneration of the nerves in Parkinson’s.
Zandopa granules contain natural L-Dopa like ingredients and are safer than synthetic modern medicines in terms of long term use. They help to naturally restore the deficiency of Dopamine by acting as a natural substitute to a great extent.
Regular usage of these granules improves gait and cognitive functions.
DOSE – 1 Tea spoonful one to two times per day.
Ashwagandha or withania somniferum is a great health tonic that is used for its amazing health benefits and is one of the best nerve rejuvenating herbs.
Regular usage of Ashwagandha helps to slow down the progress of the disease and helps to control the symptoms of Parkinson’s in a better way.
It also helps to control the increasing levels of anxiety and depression that affect the patients of Parkinsonism as the disease starts to adversely affect their daily routine.
DOSE – 1 -2 Capsules, once or twice daily.
Brahmi or Bacopa monieri is a great nerve rejuvenating herb that is one of the best herbal supplements in use for the natural management of all kinds of brain and nerve disorders.
Brahmi chyawanprash is an herbal sweet jam that is made from many nerve stimulating herbs along with Brahmi.
It helps improve Dementia or loss of memory in the patients. It is also helpful in maintaining the coordination of bodily movements and general response of the body to the degenerative changes that it is undergoing.
DOSE – 1 Teaspoon full one to two times per day.
4. BRAHMA RASAYANA
It is an herbal recipe made on the name of Lord Brahma who is one of the most worshiped Hindu Gods. It is again a great nervine tonic. Regular use of the Brahma rasayana helps fight tiredness, fatigue and rigidity of the muscles, a common symptom found in Parkinson’s patients.
It has a long list of herbal ingredients like Shankhpushpi, Amla, Haridra, Giloy etc. which act together in a synergistic manner to control the symptoms of the disease.
Recent studies have confirmed use of Brahma rasayana in enhancing humoral immunity and increased production of white blood cells in the body.
DOSE – 1 – 2 Teaspoon full with milk after breakfast.