Monday, December 03, 2018

Ayurvedic medicines For treating Parkinson's disease

Ayurvedic medicines could be more effective than allopathic drugs in treating Parkinson’s disease, according to eminent neuroscientist Dr V.S. Ramachandran.
Dr Ramachandran was selected by Time magazine as one among the 100 most influential persons in the world in 2011.

The Ayurvedic drug Atmagupta or Kapikacchu (macuna pruriensis), a variety of bean rich in L-dopa, was shown in clinical trials to be more effective than allopathic drug-placebo and synthetic L- dopa used to treat Parkinson’s disease.

The excessive presence of an abnormal protein called alpha-synuclein present in the brain regions which are involved in controlling posture, coordination of walking and speech results in the destruction of the cells and the introduction of L-dopa. Dopa that crosses the blood-brain barrier when consumed orally was hailed as a miracle in neurology. However, some patients become wheelchair-bound and the quality of life deteriorates.

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