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.
Usually, the outward symptoms of Parkinson's are distinctive enough for a doctor to make a diagnosis in the office. There is no blood test or brain scan that confirms the diagnosis. But if you don't respond to the drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease, it’s possible you may have another type of movement disorder that causes the same type of symptoms. Doing additional tests can help your doctor determine if some other problem is causing your parkinsonian symptoms.
The best place to get vitamin E is by eating a diet rich in vitamin E-containing foods. Some foods rich in vitamin E are dark green vegetables, eggs, fish, nuts, organ meats, soybeans, vegetable oils, wheat germ, and whole grain products. You can also purchase vitamin E supplements at a pharmacy, grocery store, or health foods market.
Are There Other Alternative Treatments for Parkinson's Disease?
Exercise. Although not necessarily an "alternative therapy," exercises like Tai chi and yoga can lower your stress, help you to be more relaxed, and increase your energy, balance, and flexibility. In general, exercise is a safe, effective and easy way to improve your well-being. But, check with your doctor first.
Diet. By following your doctor's and dietitian's daily dietary guidelines, you can look and feel better.
Positive Attitude. Having a positive outlook cannot cure Parkinson's disease, but it can lower your 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: