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Alternative Treatments for Parkinson's Disease

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The term alternative therapy, in general, is used to describe any medical treatment or intervention that has not been scientifically documented or identified as safe or effective for a specific condition. Alternative therapy encompasses a variety of disciplines including acupuncture, guided imagery, chiropractic, yoga, hypnosis, biofeedback, aromatherapy, relaxation, herbal remedies, massage, and many others.

Vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, and uric acid are examples of alternative treatments that have been studied as treatments for Parkinson's disease. However, they were found not to be effective or may even have harmful side effects.

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Guided imagery is a relaxation technique that uses positive mental images to influence how you feel. It can enhance your traditional Parkinson's treatment. But it does not replace traditional treatment. Guided imagery is an ancient practice that includes simple visualization. It is a safe and simple technique. Guided imagery focuses on images. But this type of imagery helps you harness all your senses -- sight, taste, sound, smell, and sensation. This helps you connect to your inner resources...

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Other Alternative Treatments for Parkinson's Disease?

  • Exercise. Although not necessarily an "alternative therapy," exercises like Tai chi and yoga can lower stress, help you to be more relaxed, and increase energy, balance, and flexibility. In general, exercise is a safe, effective and easy way to improve well-being. But, check with your doctor first.
  • Diet. By following your doctor's and dietitian's nutritional guidelines, you can look and feel better.
  • Positive Attitude. Having a positive outlook cannot cure Parkinson's disease, but it can lower stress and help you feel better!

How Can I Know If an Alternative Treatment Is Safe and Effective?

Alternative treatments can be helpful in some cases, yet some therapies can be ineffective, costly, and even dangerous. The best way to evaluate your options is to become educated. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is the treatment?
  • What does it involve?
  • How does it work?
  • Why does it work?
  • Are there any risks?
  • What are the side effects?
  • Is it effective? (Ask for evidence or proof.)
  • How much does it cost?

Once you answer these questions, weigh your options and decide whether the benefits outweigh the risks.

If you do decide to try an alternative treatment, make sure your health is protected. Do not take the claim at face value: contact reliable organizations and discuss the therapy. Talk to others in a support group, your family and friends; although they may not always be supportive, they can help you make an educated, objective decision.

Discuss the therapy with your doctor. Make sure your doctor knows what therapy you are considering so he or she can discuss possible interactions and/or side effects with your current treatments. He or she can also provide you with information on other patients who may have tried the same therapy.

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