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Natural Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease

By Lauren Robison, 9:00 am on

Seniors with Parkinson’s lack a neurotransmitter in the brain called dopamine, causing symptoms like rigidity, tremor, bradykinesia and posture inability. 
Although prescription drugs are often used to treat these symptoms, more and more seniors are seeking natural alternatives.

1. Omega-3

Omega-3 promotes brain health and has been shown to be helpful in treating Parkinson’s symptoms. Studies suggest that a diet rich in omega-3 and omega-6 stops the misfolding of a protein that results in the gene mutation common in Parkinson’s disease. The essential fats are also shown to protect the dying cells in the brain and can help revive them.

2. Mucuna Pruriens

The tropical plant is a good source of l-dopa, which is a precursor to dopamine, and has been used at far back as 300 B.C. to treat common symptoms of PD. Early studies suggest natural l-dopa may produce better results than the synthetic form and it may also produce less side effects.

3. Bacopa Monnieri

A plant commonly used in holistic medicine, bacopa monnieri may help reduce cell death within the dopamine system. It’s also known to support overall brain health, liver health, and can provide protection against free radicals. New Hampshire Parkinson’s care experts recommend purchasing certified organize bacopa monnieri, as the plant can absorb nearby toxins. As with any new herbal supplement, be sure to speak with your loved one’s physician prior to use.

4. Massage

Massage therapy helps improve posture and reduce pain in the muscles. It can also reduce rigidity and tremor, reduce anxiety, improve sleep, and increase stamina. Seniors are encouraged to work with one massage therapist who can play an active role in ongoing pain and symptom management through massage tailored specifically for his or her needs.

If you provide care for a senior loved one with Parkinson’s and could use additional help, reach out to Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire. As a leading provider of elder care in New Hampshire, we’re working to change the way our senior population ages. Through our Balanced Care Program, we help seniors with Parkinson’s manage their symptoms as best as possible with a healthy diet, daily exercise, mindfulness, and emotional support. To learn more, call (603) 471-3004 and request an in-home consultation.