The term alternative therapy, in general, is used to describe any medical treatment or intervention that has not been scientifically documented or identified as safe or effective for a specific condition. Alternative therapy encompasses a variety of disciplines including acupuncture, guided imagery, chiropractic, yoga, hypnosis, biofeedback, aromatherapy, relaxation, herbal remedies, massage, and many others.
Vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, and uric acid are examples of alternative treatments that have been studied as treatments for Parkinson’s disease. However, they were found not to be effective or may even have harmful side effects.
Other Alternative Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease?
- Exercise. Although not necessarily an “alternative therapy,” exercises like Tai chi and yoga can lower stress, help you to be more relaxed, and increase energy, balance, and flexibility. In general, exercise is a safe, effective and easy way to improve well-being. But, check with your doctor first.
- Diet. By following your doctor’s and dietitian’s nutritional guidelines, you can look and feel better.
- Positive Attitude. Having a positive outlook cannot cure Parkinson’s disease, but it can lower stress and help you feel better!