After answering these questions, you find that your symptoms have been worse since starting medications, medications have brought about side effects, you are having to take more medications to get symptom relief, you need to slow down your Parkinson’s progression, you are experiencing pain or that you feel the need to improve your quality of life, then you should consider some of the many therapies out there and available to you.
Complementary and alternative therapies, lifestyle and diet changes all make up the holistic approach to tackling Parkinson’s. PCSUK encourage people with Parkinson’s to be as proactive about their health as possible by educating yourself on diet and nutrition and the effect they have on Parkinson’s, engage in new and challenging activities such as our online exercise classes and to get involved in as many social activities as possible. Virtual ones are just as good!
Evidence shows that diet plays a big part in people with Parkinson’s life. Diet can alleviate Parkinson’s symptoms, slow progression of Parkinson’s and help to prevent it. PCSUK encourage people affected with Parkinson’s to maintain a healthy diet rich in “high-power,” low-inflammatory foods, such as the Mediterranean Diet.
Exercise is now well-established as integral in the management of PD, but mind-body interventions such as Tai Chi & Qigong that incorporate relaxation and mindfulness with physical activity should be routinely encouraged as well.
Many PD patients also choose to try herbs, vitamins and supplements as part of a healthy lifestyle, with the added expectation that these products may lower free radical damage and protect them against further cell death. Many of these promising natural products have produced positive results in clinical trials. We believe that it is vital that the science of holistic medicine reaches a point where all nutraceuticals are investigated with the same rigor as conventional drugs.