Slowness in moving and muscular stiffness are among the first symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, which rarely affects those under the age of fifty. Parkinson’s Disese is relatively common in older people, affecting one in every 1000 and men slightly more than women. As it progresses, the muscles of the face stiffen, walking becomes increasingly difficult, and speech may be affected. In most cases, a tremor in the limbs is present.
Parkinson’s Disease is caused by degeneration of nerve cells in the brain responsible for controlling movement, and a shortage of dopamine, a substance which is thought to be a neurotransmitter.
Patients consulting a Chinese Medicine practitioner will be treated for a liver and kidney problem, with deficiency of blood and kidney yin. This leads to lack of nourishment to the brain through internal “wind“, making the body shake like a tree in a gale. According to Chinese Medicine theory, the liver and kidney must be nourished to increase the body fluids. Some milder cases of Parkinson’s Disease can be helped, but there is a better outcome with younger people who are new sufferers than in long-term cases with older patients.
Acupuncture will help Parkinson’s Disesea and will be given in tandem with Chinese herbal medicine. There will not be a complete cure. Fleece-flower root, mulberry root and uncaria stem are good to extinguish the wind, and herbs to move the blood and nourish the liver are peony buds and white peony root. One herb that is commonly used is gastrodia tuber, which nourishes the brain, blood and kidneys and stops the shaking.
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