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Parkinson's disease Is a progressive disorder
of the central nervous system. It is a chronic, slowly progressing and often debilitating
disease which ultimately affects the mind and personality Clinically, the disease is
characterized by a decrease in spontaneous movements, gait difficulty, postural
instability, rigidity and tremor. Parkinson's disease is caused by the degeneration of the
pigmented neurons in the Substantia Nigra of the brain, resulting in decreased dopamine
availability. The major symptoms of the disease were originally described in 1817 by an
English physician, Dr. James Parkinson, who called it "Shaking Palsy." For the
next century and a half, scientists pursued the causes and treatment of the disease. They
defined its range of symptoms, distribution among the population, and prospects for cure.
In the early 1960s, researchers identified a
fundamental brain defect that is a hallmark of the disease: the loss of brain cells that
produce a chemical--dopamine-that helps direct muscle activity. This discovery pointed to
the first successful treatment for Parkinson's disease and suggested ways of devising new
and even more effective therapies.
Parkinson's disease may be treated by drugs or
by surgical therapies or by both. Mind-body and nutritional therapies are useful as
supplemental therapies in managing Parkinson's disease. Exercise is very important. It
is important that the patients be treated at the earliest possible time it was suspected.
We recommend that you consult a Parkinson's specialist immediately if you suspect
Parkinson's Disease and then use the alternative therapies described here as
integrative therapies in maximizing the effectiveness of the treatment.
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