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Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease, featuring tremors and movement issues, is viewed in Ayurveda as linked to doshic imbalances, highlighting balance restoration for holistic care.


Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder characterized by tremors, stiffness, and impaired movement, resulting from the loss of dopamine-producing cells in the brain. Ayurveda perceives Parkinson’s disease as a manifestation of doshic imbalances, particularly involving Vata, and emphasizes restoring balance to support neurological function and enhance overall well-being.


Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include tremors, bradykinesia (slowed movement), rigidity, impaired balance and coordination, and difficulty with walking and fine motor tasks. Non-motor symptoms such as cognitive impairment, depression, sleep disturbances, and autonomic dysfunction may also occur. Early recognition and intervention are crucial for symptom management and improving quality of life.

Risk Factors

Factors contributing to the development of Parkinson’s disease include genetic predisposition, environmental toxins (such as pesticides and heavy metals), oxidative stress, and inflammation. Aging is also a significant risk factor, with the prevalence of Parkinson’s disease increasing with age. Identifying and addressing modifiable risk factors may help reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.


Parkinson’s disease encompasses various subtypes, including idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (of unknown cause) and secondary Parkinsonism (resulting from other underlying conditions or medications). Each subtype presents with distinct characteristics and may require tailored treatment approaches to address specific symptoms and functional limitations.


The underlying causes of Parkinson’s disease involve a complex interplay of genetic and environmental factors leading to the degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the brain’s substantia nigra. Disruptions in mitochondrial function, protein aggregation, oxidative stress, and neuroinflammation contribute to the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease. Ayurvedic principles focus on restoring doshic balance to support neurological health and enhance overall well-being.

Diagnosis & Treatment

Diagnosing Parkinson’s disease involves a comprehensive evaluation of symptoms, medical history, neurological examination, and response to medication trials. Treatment options for Parkinson’s disease may include medications to increase dopamine levels, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, deep brain stimulation surgery, and complementary therapies.

Ayurvedic approaches to Parkinson’s disease treatment aim to address doshic imbalances, improve neurological function, and alleviate symptoms. Treatment modalities may include herbal remedies, dietary modifications, lifestyle adjustments, therapeutic interventions such as Panchakarma (detoxification) and Shirodhara (oil pouring therapy), and supportive care to enhance quality of life. Integrating Ayurvedic principles with conventional therapies can optimize treatment outcomes and promote well-being for individuals with Parkinson’s disease.