Parkinson’s Disease

  • Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nerve disorder that causes shaking or trembling (tremors) which is uncontrollable. It was discovered by James Parkinson in the 18th century, but this disease has already been discussed by Ancient Ayurvedic texts many centuries ago.
  • This disease differ from person to person. It is chronic and affects men and women equally. Usually develops after the age of 60.
  • According to medical studies it is due to the deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine present in the brain.
  • According to Ayurveda it is described as ‘Kampavata’. Kampa means shaking. Here it is due to disturbances of the normal balance tridosha (vata-pitta-kapha). Here vata dosha is increased, that is the ‘chala’ properly (movement) of vata dosha is increased. This is the most common sign – tremor.

The symptoms include

  1. Kampa – tremor – it is called pill rolling tremor. The finger and thumb tremor in pin rolling fashion. This makes the person difficult to button shirts, difficult to write etc.
  2. Stamba (rigidity) – It means stiffness. The person will have a starting trouble. He develops slow and rigid movement only.
  3. Dementia – this is memory lose. In most of the cases almost 50% develop this.
  4. Mask face – The face becomes expressionless. Simply claving dull or depressed though no depression.


  • There is no specific cure for Parkinson’s disease, but medication can reduce its symptoms to a particular level.
  • Ayurvedically treatment is focused on snehana (oleation) and swedana (sudation) since vata is the main dosha involved. Oleation include internal intake of fat (ghee-ghritam) which includes kalyanakam ghritam, brahmi ghritam etc. Externally Abhyanga also done. Another important treatment done is vasti (enema).
  • The herb kapikachu (mucuna prurins) has a tremendous effect on curing Parkinson’s. It is said that it has properties similar to the modern medicine. Other herbs include Ashwaganda, Bala, Shankupushpi, Brahmi etc.

Role of diet

  • There are no nutritional treatment for Parkinson’s but diet helps to increase the treatment’s effect.
  • A proper diet can reduce the symptoms. Constipation can be cured by consuming ample fruits and vegetables, cereals and other fiber containing food. Also drinking 6-8 glasses of water daily reduce constipation.
  • Exercise provides healthy bowel movements. Produce muscle strength and keeps tone. Should avoid obesity, as this makes mobility difficult.


  • The practice of simple yoga asanas can strengthen the muscles. Also the practice of pranayama has a role in controlling Parkinson’s disease.



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