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Homeopathy is a type of alternative medicine created in the late 1700s that is based on the belief that like cures like. In other words, a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in a healthy person could be used (in a very small dose) to cure similar symptoms in a sick person. The idea is to trigger the body's natural defenses. Homeopathy is also holistic, meaning it treats the whole person, not just the illness.

Though there is no clinical proof that homeopathy helps Parkinson's, many patients have found it helpful. Below are some examples of homeopathic remedies that some people with Parkinson's have found to help improve their symptoms.

  • Argentum nitricum for ataxia (loss of muscle coordination), trembling, awkwardness, and painless paralysis

  • Causticum for restless legs at night

  • Cuprum for muscle cramps

  • Mercurius vivus for Parkinson's that is worse at night, especially with panic attacks

  • Plumbum metallicum, especially with arteriosclerosis

  • Zincum metallicum for great restlessness, and depression

If you are considering including alternative therapies, you need to educate yourself about the potential benefits, side effects and risks. While some treatments may be helpful, others can be expensive, ineffective and dangerous. Always talk to your doctor before starting a new therapy.

Disclaimer:  The Parkinson's Association of Alabama provides awareness and education about possible complementary therapies to incorporate into your overall wellness plan. The PAA does not endorse or suggest any specific therapy and it is at the discretion of each person living with Parkinson's and their Care Partners for incorporating any complementary therapies into their wellness plan. You should always consult with your physician prior to starting any new complimentary therapy treatments.

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