Q: other, who is 60 years old, is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (second stage). Although her entire body does not tremble, she does feel that her feet are tied up. She is also depressed. Is there any treatment in Ayurveda?

Parkinson’s disease or parkinsonism is a disease that disturbs daily activities by limiting your movements or altering your movements. In the early stages of Parkinson’s, you may notice your face has little or no expression; arms do not swing while walking; voice has softened or slurred. Early symptoms of shaking, rigidity, slowness of movements and difficult gait graduate to symptoms of disturbed thinking and behaviour and sensory-sleep-emotional problems.

Parkinson’s may reduce the ability to initiate voluntary movement. When she walks, her steps may become short and shuffling. Or her feet may freeze on the floor, making it hard to take the first step. Muscle stiffness often occurs in the limbs and neck. Sometimes the stiffness can be so severe that it limits the range of movement and causes pain.

Many symptoms of Parkinson’s disease result from the lack of a chemical messenger, called dopamine, in the brain. This occurs when the brain cells that produce dopamine die or become impaired. Though researchers still aren’t sure, some explain that genetic mutations or environmental toxins may play a role in Parkinson’s disease.

Living with any chronic illness can be difficult, and it’s normal to feel angry, depressed or discouraged at times. Parkinson’s disease presents special problems because it can cause chemical changes in the brain that make one feel anxious or depressed. Support from friends and family is very important.

While there is no complete cure for Parkinson’s disease, many different types of Ayurvedic therapies can treat its symptoms.

• Physical therapy can help improve mobility, range of motion and muscle tone.

• Yoga increases flexibility and balance. Poses can be modified, depending on her physical abilities.

• Ayurvedic oil therapies such as Pizhichil, Kizhi, Siro Dhara, Abhyangam are helpful.

• She should eat a nutritionally balanced diet that contains plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. This is important for preventing constipation.

• Healthy eating with supplements of Vitamin E, B12, Omega-3 fatty acids can help.

• Antioxidants such as Amla (Indian gooseberry) is suggested in Parkinson’s disease.

• Improvement of body postures and gait is required.

• Massage therapy can reduce muscle tension and promote relaxation, which can be especially helpful to people experiencing muscle rigidity associated with Parkinson’s disease.

• Drinking milk boiled with crushed garlic helps in some cases.

Meet your nearest Ayurveda doctor for a detailed diagnosis.

Dr VL Shyam is a Dubai-based Ayurvedic practitioner. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.

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