Parkinson's Disease

Natural Medicine Support for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease affects one in one hundred people over the age of 60.  People with Parkinson’s Disease have lost cells in the part of their brain called the substantia nigra.  These cells produce dopamine, and without dopamine the brain cannot communicate to provide coordinated movement.  Therefore, people with Parkinson’s Disease display symptoms such as:

  • Tremors
  • Poor sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Stiff muscles
  • Involuntary muscle movements
  • Loss of coordination
  • Confusion
  • Poor cognition/memory
  • Impaired speech
  • Anxiety/depression
  • Loss of smell
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Loss of expression with facial muscles
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty swallowing

Treatment

Whether a person has been living with Parkinson’s for a long time or they were just recently diagnosed, there are many ways that Naturopathic Medicine can support treatment for the disease.  More and more emerging research is linking Parkinson’s Disease to disruptions in healthy gut function, poor hormone regulation, and neurotransmitter imbalance.  At Water’s Edge our initial focus on digestive health can help resolve many symptoms and lays a foundation to support hormone and neurotransmitter function.  This multi-pronged approach to care has significantly improved quality of like in many of our patients living with Parkinson’s Disease.

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Bastyr University
American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
Institute for Functional Medicine
Genova Diagnostics
Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians