The Holistic Approach to Treating Parkinson’s Disease
Having a chronic disease that doesn’t have any immediate fix can feel upsetting and frustrating. Medications may be able to help, but many times they don’t solve the underlying problem that is causing the condition in the first place. Chronic diseases, such as Parkinson’s, can be treated with a holistic approach that will help to decrease the symptoms and improve the patient’s quality of life.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and complex disorder of the central nervous system that affects movement, which often includes tremors. Parkinson’s is a progressive disorder, which means that the symptoms continue and worsen over time. Almost one million people in the United States are living with Parkinson’s disease today and the cause of the disease is unknown.
Parkinson’s involves the malfunction of neurons, the vital nerve cells in the brain. When these neurons die, they produce dopamine, which sends a message to the brain that controls movement and coordination. As Parkinson’s progresses, the amount of dopamine produced in the brain decreases, leaving the person unable to control their own movements. While there is no cure for Parkinson’s, there are many treatment options available.
Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
There are several signs and symptoms that a person has Parkinson’s disease. Some of the symptoms include:
⦁ Slower movement: Several people with Parkinson’s have a shuffling gait, which means they move very slowly from place to place. Due to this slower movement, a person may experience more difficulty performing day-to-day tasks, which can make activities more time-consuming.
⦁ Tremors: Patients usually experience shaking in the hands, fingers or limbs first, and it usually occurs only on one side of the body. Tremors generally occur when the patient is resting, and stops when they perform activities. Pill-rolling, when the thumb and index finger move in circular motions, is a common characteristic.
⦁ Poor posture: Parkinson’s can cause a person to appear bent over when they are walking. Balance can become an issue with the onset of this disease.
⦁ Speech changes: Lack of dopamine in the brain can create speaking issues, such as patients slurring their words, becoming monotone in voice or speaking slower or faster. On the other hand, some patients don’t have any voice changes at all with Parkinson’s.
Holistic Treatments for Parkinson’s
There are several holistic treatments to help reduce the symptoms for Parkinson’s disease. Some of the treatments include:
⦁ Phospholipid Exchange Therapy: Phospholipid exchange replaces toxic fatty oils with cleaner versions of fatty oils by injecting phosphatidylcholine (PC), the main component of cellular membranes, into the bloodstream in order to make it available for use in cell membranes.
⦁ Chelation Therapy: Toxic metals such as mercury, arsenic, lead, and cadmium are known to interfere with many biological functions within the body. Chelation therapy helps guide these metals out of the body and has been used for decades to improve many health conditions.
⦁ IV Therapies: IV therapy is a powerful form of treatment that can be combined with other therapies to help the body recover from many health issues. By feeding vitamins and nutrients to the body’s organs through an IV, the body is able to fully absorb and use all of the vitamins and nutrients.
Treat Parkinson’s at Angel Longevity
At Angel Longevity Center, we understand that it can feel frustrating to have a chronic disease, such as Parkinson’s, without a workable plan. We want to ensure that our patients receive optimal levels of care and the latest therapies available in Functional Medicine. Our friendly staff is experienced in helping patients face and overcome a wide variety of health concerns by creating personalized wellness programs to address each patient’s specific needs. Patients who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and are suffering from the symptoms that are associated with it, please call our office at 818-237-3943 to schedule your free wellness phone consultation with one of our Los Angeles Parkinson’s specialists.