Herbal supplements

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Herbal supplements
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Wed, 10-24-2012 - 10:45am

Hi friends,

I like to ask what you can tell me about herbal supplements for Parkinson's, particularly in relation to dopamine replacement.

Thanks,

Kevin

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Wed, 10-24-2012 - 5:20pm

Great to see your post Kevin! Hope all is going as well as possible for you!

As for your question, Chris is our "resident expert" when it comes to the various herbs etc. that help various PD symptoms. I'm sure she will have some advice for you when she gets a chance to post. She's usually in here in the mornings however I haven't seen anything from her today. I'm assuming she's got something going that's keeping her away. Again, I'm sure she will pop in when she has a moment and offer something on this subject....

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Thu, 10-25-2012 - 8:00am

Yep, Chris is our resident expert on Herbal Supplements. She has first hand experience and a gift for research. I know she'll really being to add to this thread. I dd a quick search myself just now and found something interesting regarding one "expert"'s suggestion on Herbal Supplements for Tremor. I'd be interested in hearing if Chris has every heard and or tried these. for myself, I don't have the money even if I was considering to invest in herbal supplements, so I just stick with my Sinemet and it's tiny copay.

"Oat straw is one thing that is sometimes helpful
for that. A nice thing about oat straw is that
it usually does not cause drowsiness. A lot of
things that are anti-spasmodic also cause sedation.
Sometimes people aren’t looking for that. That
is a helpful thing about that particular herb
because it doesn’t have so much of that effect.

Valerian is a much stronger herb for helping to
suppress tremors but it does carry some risk of
sedation, of feeling more drowsy and so forth
especially when people first start taking it.
Sometimes that lessons as time goes on.

It is a very strong substance when it comes to
helping control involuntary muscle movement
tremors and involuntary movement of otherwise
involuntary muscles. It is a good one for that.

Passion flower is also one that is helpful for
some particular individuals.  These are all
things that would go into that category of
working on tremors."

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Thu, 10-25-2012 - 9:22am

Sorry I couldn't get back any sooner Kevin.  Had to take my daughter to her pediatric cardiologist yesterday for her yearly check up. 

As for herbal supplements, every one is different.  The ones Lauren Sue mentioned might root, but my experience and others I've heard from, do not like Valeran Root unless you just want to lay around all day.  I took my mom a few years back and my amish nauturopath suggested the same herbs for mom (who is much more advanced in PD than I am) that he has me on now.  I take Licorice Root, Pantothenic Acid and Safflower.  The Licorice Root works on your adrenal glands, which control the pituitary gland which is the center of control for the for dopamine replacement.  According to my amish guy, your pituitary truly is your nerve center for everything period!  The Pantothenic Acid helps with the rigidity and stiffness and muscle soreness and the Safflower helps with the tremors.  Of course, he mentions NO SUGAR, NO CAFFEINE.  No sugar is hard to avoid.  But he says if it is natural sugar it is fine.  But I personally can't stay away from my chocolate.  He also suggests a diet high in green veggies.  I do try that.  He explained to me that Parkinson's actually starts with the nerve endings along the spine and when gone untreated for so long it then leads to the brain to the pituitary and therefore, there goes the dopamine.  Once he sat down with me and explained the whole procedure it made so much more sense than what I had ever read on the internet.  His brother has Parkinsons and he has been treating him for over 25 years.  I met him several times and you would never ever know.  Not even by his walk or talk or anything.  He can run circles around his teenage kids!  And the best part about the herbs, virually NO side effects!!!!!  I don't have that great of insurance, so the herbal treatment is actually cheaper for me.  If you would like any more information, please feel free to ask anytime!!!!


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Fri, 10-26-2012 - 2:14pm

Thank you, Chris, very much!  What forms do you take these in, how much do you take, and where can I get them?

Do you know anything about Mucuna Pruriens?

Thanks again,

Kevin

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Sun, 10-28-2012 - 3:24pm

You are very welcome.  Most new health food stores are starting to carry the brand I use, which is Nature's Sunshine.  You can order online from them direct, but of course, it cost more unless you join their membership, which I did.  I get all mine from my Amish naturopath because he is the cheapest and will let me pay him for the herbs in payment.  I has to look up the one you asked me about in my herb book.  Had never heard of it.  But the way it is listed in my book is a "direct" herb for Parkinsons.  I don't think I would mix it with the others I mentioned unless someone said it was ok.  Most health food places have someone there that should be able to give you info of any interactions.  We have a great one here in Indiana.  The lady that owns the place does her own naturpath business on the side.  She has been wonderful when I am in a pinch since my naturopath is Amish and over an hours drive away.  Just keep in mind that some herbs can interact with conventional meds.  So far I have never had any issues with that tho.


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Mom to furangel, Chelse
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Sun, 10-28-2012 - 7:54pm

Thanks.