Having Parkinson’s is like having your own fingerprint disease – it is unique to each individual, both on a physical and emotional level. As such, exploring optional treatments is very much based on trial and error as what works for one person may not work for others. There are numerous optional treatments out there, with a variety of reported benefits. So, the best advice I can give you is to do some research into which one you think may benefit you and give it a go. I personally have briefly tried herbal medicine, reflexology and massage but I can’t fully comment on them as I didn’t experience them for a sustained period of time. What I can say about these treatments is that my short exposure to them was a positive one in that I didn’t experience any negative benefits.
One optional treatment that I have experienced over a period of about nine months was a weekly session of acupuncture. This is a form of Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of small metal needles into specific points of the body. This is to correct the imbalances in a person’s energy flow, caused by blockages stemming from a number of physical or emotional factors. So, did it cure my Parkinson’s? No, it didn’t. But I can honesty say that after every session, I felt very relaxed and calm and as such didn’t experience any Parkinson’s symptoms for a short while afterwards. Also, after the first two months, my acupuncturist was able to generate shocks in my affected fingers where previously there had been no sensation.
Unfortunately, I had to stop receiving acupuncture due to financial reasons and work commitments. And there’s the catch about optional treatments – they cost money and you usually have to do them over a sustained period of time to see if there are any benefits. For a more detailed look at some of the optional treatments commonly offered to people with Parkinson’s, please click on the following link.http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/pdf/B102_ComplementaryTherapies.pdf
This is a booklet produced by Parkinson’s Disease Society in the UK and for each therapy gives information on what it is, how it can help, safety concerns and where you can learn more. Hopefully you will find something that works for you and if you do, we would love to hear about it. If you have had any positive experiences from any optional treatments, please feel free to comment below.