Acupuncture for Parkinson’s disease in Dublin
Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorders that worsen progressively affecting around 8,000 people in Ireland (HSE). It affects the communication between the brain and the rest of the body and symptoms such as poor coordination of body movement, problems to walk, talk and write can arise. For many cases, the cause of the disease is unknown and current treatments only aim at slowing down the progression of the disease.
Signs and symptoms
Tremors and involuntary shaking of hands and feet remain the most common signs and symptoms . Signs and symptoms can be divided between motors and non-motors symptoms.
- Slowness of movement
Can Acupuncture help?
Current research shows that acupuncture may be effective treating Parkinson’s disease. However, the research is vey limited and more studies are needed to confirm this. Clinical trials also demonstrated that acupuncture can enhance the therapeutic effects of medication and allow for lower doses of medication to be used.
From the different research available, acupuncture can:
- Improve cerebral blood flow
- Affect the mechanisms in the brain involved with Parkinson’s disease
- Improve the level of dopamine available in the brain (improves motor functions)
- Reduce neural damage in part of the brains affected by the disease
- Have a positive effect in parts of the brain involved with stress and pain
- Promote relaxation
In my experience, acupuncture can be seen as significantly slowing down the progression of the disease. Sometimes, doctors agree to lower the doses of medication which reduces their side effects. Acupuncture can also be very beneficial in alleviating and improving constipation and depression.
Sources: BAcC factsheet
If you would like to discuss with acupuncturist Cyrille Bonnard how he can help you best, please ring on 083 402 9467