TCM Can Aid In Treatment Of Parkinson’s Disease
In terms of medical science, Parkinson’s disease is a disorder that progressively affects the nervous system, thereby hampering one’s locomotor abilities. The most common symptoms of this condition include:
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Decreased arm sway
- Slowness in locomotion
- Dysfunction of gait & speech
Although a pharmaceutical cure has not been invented so far, a number of medications like COMT inhibitors, levodopa, dopamine agonists and MAO-B inhibitors are used for reducing the symptoms. There are also surgical interventions - implanting deep brain stimulators.
According to many experts, acupuncture can be successfully used for treating the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. From meticulous research conducted by Fukushima Medical University, it has been concluded that acupuncture is capable of reducing related issues like abnormal sweating, depression, pain and anxiety. It can also gradually alleviate mental illness and dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. Researchers have even found that acupuncture works best when combined with around 1 Hz of electricity.
As per TCM practitioners, electroacupuncture can augment the balance of a Parkinson’s disease patient by about 30 percent. In addition to that, it would also increase stride length and gait speed by 5 percent and 10 percent respectively.
However, acupuncture is not the only modality of TCM that can help in addressing Parkinson’s disease. There are a number of herbal formulae which successfully counteract various symptoms of the disorder when prescribed. For instance, Yi Gan San is a naturally prepared neuroprotective formula that can safeguard dopaminergic neurons against toxicity. It may also be used as an agent for enhancing motor functioning. The formula is generally prepared by amalgamating Fu Ling, Gou Teng, Gan Cao, Chai Hu, Dang Hu, Chuan Xiong and Bai Zhu. It normally suppresses a rebellious Liver Qi, in addition to treating the deficiency of Liver Blood.
So if someone close to you is suffering from Parkinson’s disease, extend a helping hand by letting them know that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be used as a remedial treatment for their disorder.
Northside Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine clinic that provides treatment for a wide range of health disorders. We also offer pregnancy care, address women’s health issues, and help to control smoking.
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