It is said that there are no potential cure for Parkinson’s disease but it can surely be controlled. Treating a Parkinson’s disease means there should be a team effort which may consist a few specialists and a neurologist.
For Parkinson’s treatment in India, one needs a neurologist, an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, a speech therapist, counsellors and one experienced dietician. For each patient the way of treatment varies but the major motto of the treatment is to maintain an overall quality of life.
This means, there should be improvement in function and mobility. There should be reduction in rigidity and tremor. Also there has to be reverse of slow movements, improvement of posture, balance and to maintain the mental sharpness.
Most people with Parkinson’s disease can be treated using some prescribed medications. The most commonly prescribed drugs include:
- Benztropine mesylate
- Entacapone (Comtan)
- Levodopa and Carbidopa
- Pramipexole (Mirapex)
- Rasagiline (Azilect)
- Ropinirole (Requip)
- Rotigotine (Neupro)
If a patient reacts adversely to medications, or if the medications become ineffective, surgery can also be advised.
Now it completely depends on the need of the patient whether surgery should be done or not. This can be considered only after checking the patient’s medical history, symptoms and health. There is deep brain stimulation, thalamotomy, pallidotomy, and gamma knife procedures when it comes to surgery.
There are many other procedures being researched. One of the most promising involves the transplantation of foetal dopamine neurons or tissue transplantations into the brains of people with Parkinson’s disease. The major reason to do this is that the cells will be able to re-grow the damaged dopamine producing nerve cells.
There are some alternative treatments for Parkinson’s as well. This alternative therapy is the use of Vitamin E on reversing the progression of the disease. But the effect of this treatment is still under consideration of scientific research.
Relaxation and guided imagery have also been suggested to help with stress, depression, and anxiety. Medical studies have shown that relaxation and guided imagery may help slow the progression of symptoms as well as quicken healing time after surgeries or injuries.
Diet is very important when it comes to this disease. There are more reasons to eat vegetables to say safe from Parkinson’s. There are many studies which show that if one intakes more Vitamin B and folic acid then it can potentially reduce the risk of this disease.
The best sources of folic acid are simultaneously some of the healthiest foods around like the dark green vegetables like broccoli, spinach, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, asparagus and okra. One can also go for legumes and lentils when it comes to healthy diet. One also needs to intake omega 3 fatty acids to balance their diet. Parkinson’s is inflammatory in nature. That is why; researchers have spent a lot of tome to find out the anti inflammatory effects of omega 3 fatty acids on the disease. Omega 3 fatty acids are strongly implicated in the prevention of cell degeneration and death and so with their benefits it goes very well when it comes to Parkinson’s prevention.