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Therapy and treatment options for Parkinson's disease.
Medicinal therapy for Parkinson's disease usually consists in the administration of L-dopa as a replacement for dopamine. L-Dopa is known to many people from the film "Awakening" (original: "Awakening") with Robert de Niro. Here the British neurologist and author of popular science books, Dr. Oliver Sacks, described the course of the first experiments with L-Dopa.
The dose of L-Dopa must always be adjusted as the disease progresses. There are now also operative methods of deep brain stimulation with inserted electrodes. Medicinal naturopathic therapies can only be used to accompany and relieve symptoms. It should be noted that patients with L-dopa should only be treated in consultation with the treating physician. There are also L-dopa-rich plants in naturopathy, such as the so-called itch bean (Mucuna pruriens), which is at home in tropical regions. L-Dopa also occurs in the substance with which mussels stick to their surroundings.
In order to maintain the mobility of those affected and to optimize them appropriately and to work against tension, methods such as Rolfing, osteopathy or manual therapy are indicated in naturopathy. Otherwise, physiotherapy and occupational therapy measures are often used.
The historical background of Parkinson's.
Every year on April 11th is World Parkinson's Day. This is the birthday of the discoverer of the disease from the English doctor, pharmacist and paleontologist James Parkinson (1755-1824). Parkinson described the symptoms in 1817 in his book "An Essay on the Shaking Palsy". Due to the muscle tremors of the Parkinson's sufferers, he first called them "shaking paralysis" (English: "Shaking Palsy" or technical name: "Paralysis agitans"). It was not until around 1884 that the disease was named after Parkinson by the French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot (1825 - 1893). (Thorsten Fischer, non-medical practitioner osteopathy, April 10th, 2010)
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