Parkinson’s Disease and Homeopathy

Parkinson’s disease is a gradually progressive neurodegenerative disorder manifested by the loss of dopamine producing neurons in the nigro-striatal region of the brain. Dopamine is a chemical messenger of the brain, and the lack of this neurotransmitter manifests in the form of deficits in the motor functions in the patient’s body. The severely incapacitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include tremors, rigidity, bradykinesia, loss of muscle coordination, frequent falls, freezing of gait and many more.

Diagnostic and therapeutic management of this disease is a widely researched area. Currently the allopathic drugs offered in Parkinson’s disease face the challenge in terms of its severe side effects, which are more incapacitating than the actual disease process in itself. Having said that, the homeopathic treatment for Parkinsonism has emerged as an excellent alternative therapeutic approach towards the disease.

Homeopathy is a system of medicine developed some 200 years ago by the German physician, Dr. Samuel Hahnemann. It is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’. By administering substances in a specially diluted form known as potencies, the remedy is supposed to stimulate the body’s innate healing ability to overcome the disease and restore the state of health.

While a popular system of alternative medicine globally, homeopathy is a subject of much controversy as many members of the medical science field see homeopathic remedies as nothing more than a placebo. However, homeopathic treatment for PD is steadily finding its place in the medicine world. The holistic treatment of symptoms, without any side effects and prescription of only a few drugs makes it a rational and a comprehensive alternative choice for patients with Parkinson’s disease.

As with any disease, homeopathy may have some benefit to offer in Parkinson’s disease, although the use of homeopathic remedies should not detract from using Allopathic medicines (drugs) as prescribed by a medical doctor. At the very least, if homeopathy is the placebo that many claim it is, it should do no harm. However, you should always consult with your doctor before commencing with any alternative therapy.

Homeopathic Remedies for Parkinson’s Disease

The main principle behind homeopathy is that ‘like cures like’. By administering substances that would otherwise cause the same symptoms in a healthy person, it is believed that the remedy can stimulate the body to overcome the disease. With homeopathic remedies the substance is not administered in its full strength or raw form. Instead it is diluted in a special process known as potentisation. The active ingredient may be at such a small concentration to be barely detectable or totally undetectable but it is believed that its energy signature remains in the solvent and carrier.

Homeopathy for parkinson’s disease offers the added advantage as the patients do not develop resistance against higher dose of homeopathic remedy for the disease, whereas resistance along with incapacitating side effects are easily developed with higher doses of allopathic medicines of PD. It is free of side effects and the results are quick.

There are two systems of prescribing homeopathic medicine, which are broadly divided into classical homeopathy and clinical homeopathy.

Classical Homeopathy

This system of prescribing is often considered as the true system of homeopathy. A homeopathic practitioner will take a long case history looking at physical, mental and emotional characteristics and symptoms of the patient. In addition, modalities which are factors that may aggravate or relieve symptoms are also taken into account. Once this case history and physical examination is completed, the practitioner decides upon a single remedy or a few remedies that fit the disease picture that the patient has reported.

Due to the variation of the disease picture as a result of individual variations and assessments of each case, there is no single remedy that can be prescribed across the board for all Parkinson’s patients.

Clinical Homeopathy

In clinical homeopathy, the basis of the prescription does not focus on finding the entire disease picture but rather choosing the remedy based purely on the clinical presentation at the time. This is similar to some extent to the diagnosis and prescription of drugs as is seen in allopathic medicine. Multiple remedies may also be mixed together to form homeopathic complexes.Many commercially available over-the-counter (OTC) homeopathic products are based on the approach adopted by clinical homeopathy. Therefore there will be a specific product or products for all Parkinson’s disease patients.

Some of the homeopathic remedies commonly prescribed for Parkinson’s disease in clinical homeopathy are the metals – Mercurius solubilis (mercury) and Plumbum metallicum (lead). Both of these homeopathic drugs offer effective relief against the symptoms such as weakness of limbs and trembling, especially hands and lacerating pain in joints.

These substances, in the undiluted form, is known to cause significant neurological and muscular symptoms. Other remedies for muscle weakness, stiffness and a lack of coordination include Natrum muriaticum (sodium chloride), Rhus toxicodendron (poison ivy) and Hyoscyamus niger (henbane). All these remedies contain a very dilute form of the actual plant, metal of salt. Use of most of the substances in the raw form is extremely toxic.

Other common homeopathic medications prescribed in Parkinson’s disease are:

  • Rhus Tox: It is indicated in cases where tremors start with pain, alog with tingling sensation at the tips of fingers.
  • Argentum nitricum: It is prescribed in cases of muscular incoordination, along with loss of control and balance, and tremors.
  • Conium: Muscular weakness of lower extremities.
  • Agaricus muscarius: Indicated for jerking, twitching, trembling, and itching

These are some of the few examples. However, there are more than 80 effective homeopathic remedies against Parkinson’s disease.

Always consult with your doctor and a qualified homeopathic practitioner before taking any remedy. There is currently a lack of scientific evidence and clinical trials to verify the efficacy of these remedies, or any homeopathic remedy, to provide any relief for Parkinson’s disease.

Despite numerous reports by homeopathic practitioners and Parkinson’s patients, as well as the vast number of claims by homeopathic product manufacturers and distributors, the safety and efficacy of homeopathic remedies for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease has yet to be verified. However, homeopathy has repeatedly proven that it can very effectively relieve the symptoms, that would otherwise make the life miserable.

5 Comments

  1. my father has parkinson and he is being treated with the omeopathical medications ( levodopa, etc…). can he start with homeopathic treatment TOGETHER with the other remedies?
    thank you very much
    valeria

    • Hi Valeria

      Always discuss any additional treatments with your doctor. While it would be argued that homeopathic remedies contain no active ingredient and would therefore not have any adverse drug interaction, there is apparently the possibilities of “homeopathic aggravations” which can exacerbate the symptoms. But this must be discussed with the physician who is overlooking his case.

  2. I have PD and have been on Sinemet 25/100 for some months. I have noticed an increase in mental issues – paranoia, delusions, anxiety – but not a real decrease in the motor issues. I am also 47 and menopausal. I am considering changing from the Sinemet to homeopathic and wondered about others who have had similar issues and have done so. I had taken B complex and C, Calcium prior to Sinemet with successful results and lived with the physical issues. Anyone?

  3. Hi,
    I have early parkinson.Loss of smell and motor isues.I take no meds yet and doubt if I ever would.My father had it and took siniment.He had alot of simular mental issues.Would rather not suffer drug related isues.
    I have been a member Of Recovery Inc.for many years. I even have had a meeting since 1994.RecoveryInc. teaches a method for nervous symptoms.thiere premise is all symptoms relating to emotional issues can be avoided using this method.
    In using this method myself ,there is no doubt that all emotional or nervous symptoms can be overcome with his method.
    We don’t even call them by any diagnostice term.To us they are just nervous symptoms caused by temper.

  4. John and Lisa,
    This has been my experience with Parkinsons. I am now 57 years old and have finally been diagnosed with PD by way of a test called DaT Scan. I lost my sense of smell when I was 35 years old, but only in the last two or three years have experience rigidity of my muscles especially on the left side. My right side doesn’t seem to have any issues at this point. I also have a ring-finger tremor, and is I do anything physical my whole hand and arm shake.

    My Neurologist has placed me on Sinamet 25/100 two tabs three times a day. I have now been taking the meds for four months. The rigidity if now better – I can typed with my left hand without feeling like to I have to coerce that side to cooperate. I have also started jogging and walking on my lunch three times a week for 1/2 hour to keep active.

    I still have problems with the tremor on the left side in the hand, but my Neurologist is going to start me on a dopamine agonist called Mirapex to help with the tremor. The biggest issue I have at this point is she wants to slowly increase the Mirapex, but my insurance company wants me to pay a co-pay of $50.00 for thirty tablets, which would bring it to $100 a month along with the Sinemet that I need every month. As this seems like too much money to me, she is checking with the manufacturer of the product to see if we can get a 90-day supply for $45.00.

    This long post is simply to let you know that the Sinemet has helped with the rigidity. I started the exercise program as I read an article of a woman who overcame her PD by running on a regular basis. My biggest problem now is that I have lost 10 lbs. (I am 5 ft. 6 inches and weight 120 lbs. which is small – I recently bought size 4 pants as the 8s were falling off my body.

    This will be my next discussion with my physician to see what I need to do to not get too thin.

    Hope this information helps. Feel free to correspond.

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