Friday, September 18, 2009

NPF Nut.,Disc:complimentary and alternative medicine


Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:15 am Post subject: complimentary and alternative medicine


Due to sideeffect of the medication there are growing interest for parkinson's patients in alternative and complementary medicine or therapies who will live with disease for a longer peroid of time.

The CAM offers helpful information related to non motor and motor symptoms i.e proper diet, exercise, constipation, fatigue, insomina, massage, pain managment, Tai chi, rehabilation,speech therapy,acupuncture,spa treatment & etc.

As the result they try the above therapy to minimize their usage of medication they take to increase comfort or minimize effect of the physical or mental on them.

There are some doctors who do not agree for the above therapies as they are yet medical proven? Besides there are potential risks for the complementary/ alterative therapies

Sometimes the best treatment plans involve a wide range of interventions with their usage of the medications.

Over prescription on certain supplements interaction with medication have effect on each other i.e vitamin B6,iron and mineral .

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Kathrynne Holden, MS

Joined: 22 Jan 2007
Posts: 94
Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:09 am Post subject:


Dear Friend,
I believe that many complementary and alternative therapies are most beneficial for people with PD. Although I’m not aware of any that slow progression of PD, there are other benefits. Tai Chi is an excellent exercise for improving balance; acupuncture and reflexology can help to relax muscles, improve digestion, and relieve some types of pain. Some herbs, such as chamomile tea, can help promote sleep.

I also know physicians who recommend such treatments, although not all are aware of the possible benefits.

However, one must also be aware of the many fraudulent schemes that are available – pills, juices, and other treatments designed to make money for the sellers rather than to provide relief for illnesses. These are expensive and useless, and in a few cases, even dangerous. It’s best to seek licensed practitioners for treatment and counseling.

Best regards,
Kathrynne Holden, MS
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