Parkinson signs and symptoms
Parkinson's disease (PD also known as paralysis agitans) is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system whose main symptoms are limbs tremor, stiffness, slowing of movement and postural instability.
Parkinson's disease is more common in older male people, with most cases occurring between the age of 50 and 60. Every year, there are around five million people get sick in the whole world.
Tremor is the most apparent and well-known symptom in parkinson’s disease. Though around 30% of individuals with PD do not have tremor at disease onset, most develop it as the disease progresses. It is always shows up as rest tremor: unilateral or bilateral arms tremors beyond patient’s control, a feature of tremor is pill-rolling, the tendency of the index finger of the hand to get into contact with the thumb and perform together a circular movement. Rest tremor shows maximal when the limb is at rest and disappearing with voluntary movement and sleep.
Rigidity is stiffness and resistance to limb movement caused by increased muscle tone, an excessive and continuous contraction of muscles.
Bradykinesia (slowness of movement) is associated with difficulties along the whole course of the movement process, from decreased facial expression to performance of sequential and simultaneous movement is hindered.
Acupuncture for Parkinson's disease
Brain areas particularly affected by Parkinson's include the thalamus, putamen, and the supplementary motor area. Acupuncture helps reactivate certain brain centers which become inactive in people with Parkinson's disease.
Acupuncture encourages better neural responses in the following brain regions: the basal ganglia, putamen, thalamus, caudate, and substantial nigra - all associated with Parkinson's disease.
Why Would This Work?
- Huatuo of C1 - innervates motor cortex (top of head).
- Huatuo of C2 - innervates frontal lobe (forehead area).
- Tiandong - effect the circulation within the vertebral artery, promotes circulation to the brain
- SI 16 & TH 16 - similar to Tiandong, promotes circulation to the brain.
- Yiming - Fosters circulation between the brain and the body.
- LI 4 - particularly if hand tremors are present.
- GB 19 - effects the visual cortex and also useful for motor control issues.
- ST 36 - overall qi and blood energy.
- LV 3 - aid qi circulation and descend energy.
We work to facilitate the circulation of blood for healing and proper function of the brain, we remove hindrances of brain function by regulating the energy in certain areas, and we remove hindrances in neurological pathways from the brain to the rest of the body (opening of the spine and base of the skull). During this process acupuncture and associated techniques reduce inflammation, promote proper brain function and chemistry levels, and promote range of motion in effecting muscles and joints.
- Parkinson’s disease is a kind of chronic disease, acupuncture treatment helps extend and improve symptoms and delay the progression of the disease.
- In normal situation, a relatively long time of therapy is needed to treat Parkinson’s disease, the practioner may take two groups of treatment in alternative to avoid fatigue of acupuncture points.
- Patients should also pay more attention on their daily living and diet, if the treatment should go simultaneously with drugs in order to get better result.