Complementary Therapies in Parkinson Disease

Dr. Michael Duplessie, FRCS Ophth (Glasgow), M.B., B.Ch., L.R.C.P. & S.I., B.A.O., B.A.

Complementary Therapies in Parkinson Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a complex and progressive neurological disorder that can have a significant impact on a patient’s quality of life. While motor symptoms such as bradykinesia, rigidity, resting tremor, and postural instability are hallmarks of the condition, non-motor symptoms including pain, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, and depression can be equally debilitating. While dopamine replacement therapy remains the standard of care, its benefits can diminish over time, leading to motor fluctuations and side effects.

As traditional medications fall short in providing complete relief for PD, many patients have sought out complementary therapies to alleviate both motor and non-motor symptoms associated with the condition. Complementary therapies can be used alongside conventional medicine, and may include supplements, manipulative treatments, exercise-based programs, and mind-body practices. As these complementary therapies gain more acceptance in Western medicine, their effectiveness in treating various medical conditions, including PD, is being evaluated.

Acupuncture, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, yoga, and cannabis have emerged as popular complementary therapies for PD. Clinical trials have been conducted to assess the effectiveness of these therapies in improving symptoms and overall quality of life in patients with PD. The results have been promising, suggesting that these therapies could be viable treatment options for PD patients.

While further research is necessary to establish the long-term benefits and risks of these therapies, the potential for complementary therapies such as cannabis to help manage the symptoms of PD offers hope to patients seeking alternative treatment options. By exploring a range of complementary therapies in conjunction with traditional medication, patients may be able to achieve greater symptom relief and improve their overall quality of life.

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Throughout my career, I have been dedicated to breaking conventions and helping those in need. My passion for medicine began during my time working in refugee camps in Thailand, and since then, I have made it my mission to provide care and support to those who need it most.

As a pioneer in the field of ophthalmology, I have made numerous contributions and innovations in the field of corneal transplantation and laser surgery.  I am comfortable challenging conventions.

I have seen firsthand the positive impact medical marijuana can have on patients struggling with pain and anxiety. 

My experiences have shown me that medical marijuana can offer significant benefits with minimal side effects, providing patients with an alternative to traditional pharmaceutical medications. Despite its potential, the government’s stance on marijuana is outdated and in need of revision. 

Through my observations, I have seen prescription rates for pain, stress, insomnia, anxiety to name just a few, drastically decrease among patients who have obtained a medical marijuana card, and I believe that this is a testament to its effectiveness.

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