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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Are there any known "natural" or homeopathic approaches or treatments for Parkinson's disease?
Such treatments are available for any disease. Whether they have a predictable benefit is a different story. The treatment of Parkinson's disease is one of the victories of modern medicine. It is one of the most well-understood of neurological disorders. It is also a very active area of research. There is nothing wrong with `natural` approaches in principle. For example, the Ayurveda, an ancient Indian textbook of medicine describes the use of an herbal remedy for a parkinsonian syndrome. That herb (mucuna pruriens) contains levodopa, the gold standard of treatment in PD. However, unlike non-standardized herbal preparations, when you get levodopa from the pharmacy in the form of Sinemet, you know exactly what you are getting.
Arif Dalvi, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati