Parkinson's disease is a neurological disease of unknown aetiology. Parkinson's patients often exhibit a "shuffling" gait, tremor of the limbs when they are at rest, increased resistance to passive movement, stooped posture and stiffness. Some individuals also experience cognitive impairment and dementia. A deficiency of dopamine, an important chemical transmitter in certain brain cells controlling movement, balance and walking, is considered responsible for the primary disease symptoms.

Most commonly strikes people over 50. However, Parkinson's can affect people even before 40. Approximately 10 percent of Parkinson's cases are estimated to be an young onset.
What are the symptoms?

Primary symptoms include rigidity, tremor, slow movement or loss of movement and difficulty with balance and walking. There are always two primary symptoms present when a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease is made. Parkinson's disease involves only one side of the body first. Then after few months involves both sides of the body and gradually impairs balance or walking. After a few years results in complete immobility.

    Many people with Parkinson's will develop some difficulty in speaking. Speech impairment is referred to as Dysarthria, often characterized as weak, slow or uncoordinated speaking. Dysarthria varies greatly among individuals and can affect speaking volume and pitch. The voice may sound hoarse, monotone or come out in short bursts. Often speech problems worsen over time.

At least half of Parkinson's patients develop swallowing problems or Dysphagia. Dysphagia may cause the person to spill food or liquid from the mouth or to send food to the back of the throat before it is ready to be swallowed. Individuals with dysphagia may be more prone to choking of food or drink or even their own saliva. Dysphagia may allow food to enter the air passage while eating. Parkinson's patients and those who look after them should watch out for signs of choking; food stuck in the throat or increased congestion after eating.

Parkinson’s have mild intellectual changes; the person may have difficulty in concentrating, gathering new information and recalling names. Other symptoms include depression, constipation, weight loss, sleep disturbances, "masked" facial expression, forced eyelid closure, drooling, urinary tract infections, excessive sweating and problems with sexual performance.

Although there are no specific tests for Parkinson's disease, there are several ways of making a diagnosis. Usually a diagnosis is based on a neurological examination, which covers evaluation of the symptoms and their severity.

How to take care?

Care for Parkinson's patients includes a well-balanced diet and regular exercise. Physical, occupational or speech therapy may also be recommended for some patients. Physical therapy and muscle strengthening exercises can be a key part of managing Parkinson's disease. A good exercise routine should include strengthening and flexing all limbs, stretching legs and feet, walking, facial and breathing exercises, and specific exercises to gain better control over swallowing.

What is the ideal treatment?

Parkinson’s disease responds well to homoeopathic treatment. I had attended a few cases with successful results. We can stop their further deterioration. Some patients had shown marvellous improvement. This could be possible as our medicine acts in a dynamic way to arouse the chemical synthesis of nerves. Material doses as in other systems of medicine won’t entertain such excellent cure.

    Homoeopathic medicines are quite suitable for nervous complaints of any kind. A few years back I attended a case of locomotor ataxia. He had been treated at Brooklin in the U.S. While I was working with SIVA ENT HOSPITAL as a consultant in Chennai, Dr. Krishnan, the physiotherapist referred the case to me. I observed the patient thoroughly. On examination I asked him to close his eyes and make a round with his hands stretching forward. He was falling with a little movement and couldn't do it. After a few weeks again I asked him to do so. To every one's surprise he completed his round. His wife informed me that he was able to walk with in a week without any support..

    This miracle, uneventful cure makes every enthusiastic practitioner to involve in more and more nervous ailments. Already deteriorated nerves cannot withstand the material doses and narcotics for a long-time. But the dynamic material and dynamic energy only brings the real cure.

 

Clinical evidence

 

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