Parkinson's is a disorder of the brain. Movement is controlled by dopamine, a chemical that carries signals between nerves in the brain. When cells that produce dopamine die or are damaged, Parkinson's symptoms appear. Parkinson's is a complex condition.
The most common symptoms are hallucinations (seeing things that are not really there, including animals or people). Very occasionally, some people experience delusions (having thoughts that are not real).
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- Delay and prevention of disability is among the highest priorities in the clinical management of PD
- Increase the quality of life
- Physiotherapy and exercise can improve one's flexibility, reduce stiffness and alleviate stress.
Is Parkinson's the same for everyone?
No. Each person with Parkinson's is unique and each person may experience different symptoms. However, since Parkinson's is a progressive condition, symptoms will worsen over time and new ones may appear. It is difficult to estimate how quickly or slowly Parkinson's will progress in each person. It may progress more quickly in people who are older when the symptoms first begin. Parkinson's may progress less quickly when the main symptom is tremor, especially when it starts on one side.
What is the current treatment worldwide?
Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson's. However, many of the motor symptoms can be treated with medications. Medications used to treat the symptoms either replace the lost dopamine or mimic the action of dopamine in the brain. Medications can alleviate the symptoms, but do not slow the progression of Parkinson's. As the symptoms change, medications will need to be adjusted.
Depending upon your age of onset, how you manage the symptoms, and your general health, you can live an active life with Parkinson's. In most cases, one's life is not shortened. However, as you age and as the disease progresses, there will be increased risks. For example, impaired balance can lead to falls; swallowing problems, if not managed, can lead to pneumonia. Parkinson's is known as a chronic (long term) condition that will require ongoing monitoring and management to maintain one's quality of life.
Ayurveda is a highly acclaimed form of medicine practiced in India during the ancient times. This school used the term "Kampavata" to describe the medical condition that is known as Parkinson's today. Kampa means shaking and Parkinson's is characterized by motor and neurological problems, which would provide a very good explanation to the name. This is a disease that has been described in the Charaka Samhita, so it is clear that this is an important disease, for it has been mentioned in an important medical authority. This has also led to the belief that there would be natural treatment for Parkinson's disease as well.
"In Ayurveda the first step is arresting the chances of further deterioration and then improving and restoring the functioning of the body and bringing it back to normal,
The treatment of 'kampavata' consists of both internal and external administration of drugs in different formts aimed to reverse the 'vata' imbalance caused by either 'depletion of sustenance factors' or 'obstruction of pathways'.