Symptom family: Neurological Disorders
Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that predominantly affects motor functioning. It is characterized by tremors, stiffness, slowness of movement, and a host of other non-motor symptoms. These symptoms stem from the loss of dopamine-producing cells in a region of the brain called the substantia nigra.
Over time, this degenerative condition can lead to severe disability, although its progression varies among individuals. While there is no cure, treatments aim to manage symptoms and improve quality of life.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a unique perspective on Parkinson's disease, viewing it not as a singular illness but as a manifestation of imbalance within the body’s energetic systems.
TCM does not directly correlate its concepts with biomedical terms; however, it perceives symptoms similar to Parkinson's as disruptions in the flow of Qi, or vital energy, and imbalances in the Yin and Yang energies of the body. Treatment in TCM is centered around restoring harmony and balance, rather than directly addressing the disease itself.
TCM postulates that the root of Parkinson's-like symptoms lies in deficiencies and stagnations within the body's organ systems. Liver Blood Deficiency leading to Wind, for instance, can manifest in tremors and involuntary movements, akin to the motor symptoms of Parkinson's.
Moreover, a Deficiency in Kidney Essence, believed to nourish the brain, might contribute to the degenerative aspect of the disease. By recognizing these patterns, a TCM practitioner can determine the most appropriate interventions tailored to the individual's constitution and symptomatology.
The treatment of Parkinson's in TCM utilizes a variety of herbal formulas to address the identified patterns of disharmony. Bu Gan Tang, rich in Prepared Rehmannia, nourishes Liver Blood to address the internal Wind, while Shao Yao Gan Cao Tang targets both Spleen and Liver Blood Deficiencies.
To calm the Mind and pacify Internal Wind, Zhen Gan Xi Feng Tang may be prescribed, particularly when there is agitation. These formulas exemplify the TCM approach of holistic treatment, focusing on restoring balance to the body's internal landscape.
Explore below some TCM herbal formulas used to address parkinson's disease, organized by formula type.
Parkinson's disease can be treated by these formulas when it is due to blood deficiency, requiring blood-nourishing and enriching actions.
Other formulas of this category are listed in the table below.
Parkinson's disease can be treated by these formulas in cases of imbalances in the lesser Yang (Shao Yang) phase, which often involve alternating hot and cold sensations.
Parkinson's disease can be treated by these formulas when it stems from a disharmony between the heart and the mind, often manifesting as emotional disturbances or sleep issues.
In conjunction with herbal therapy, acupuncture is a cornerstone of TCM treatment. Shenmen HE-7, a point on the Heart Channel, is often utilized for its purported ability to calm the Mind and nourish the Heart, potentially alleviating some of the emotional and psychological distress associated with Parkinson's. Each acupoint is selected for its traditional indications and is thought to influence the flow of Qi, contributing to the overall therapeutic strategy aimed at rebalancing the body's internal environment.
See more details below about Shenmen HE-7, an acupoint used to address parkinson's disease.
Explore below some TCM herbs used to address parkinson's disease, organized by herb category.
Parkinson's disease can be treated by these herbs in cases of blood deficiency, working to nourish and replenish the body's blood supply.
Other herbs of this category are listed in the table below.
Parkinson's disease can be treated by these herbs when the body needs to harmonize with external environmental changes, particularly when there's a need to expel pathogenic factors like wind or cold without overly cooling the body.
Parkinson's disease can be treated by these herbs when caused by excessive dampness and heat within the body, aiming to restore balance by drying dampness and clearing heat.
Parkinson's disease can be treated by these herbs when there is a need to dispel external cold and warm the body, especially in cases where there is insufficient Yang energy internally.
Parkinson's disease can be treated by these herbs in cases of severe constipation or internal heat, using strong downward movement to purge accumulation.
Parkinson's disease can be treated by these herbs if it is caused by a leakage of bodily fluids or energies, helping to consolidate and preserve the body's essential substances.
Parkinson's disease can be treated by these herbs when it stems from stagnation or poor circulation of blood, helping to improve blood flow and alleviate related discomfort.