I was asked to write an article on the herbal treatment of Parkinson’s disease for the American Herbalists Guild Journal. Here it is, with a special discussion of the relationship of prions and the leaky gut/leaky brain relationship.
Parkinson’s Disease: Pathophysiology and Herbal Treatment
Karen Vaughan, MSTOM, RH (AHG)
Like most neurological diseases, Parkinson’s is caused by a mesh of genetic, infectious, epigenetic,environmental, dietary, and lifestyle factors that intersect to create a perfect storm. I have been interested in the herbal treatment of Parkinson’s since I was diagnosed with it eight years ago. This has led me to try a variety of treatments for my clients and myself, from diet and herbs to acupuncture and craniosacral therapy.
Pathophysiology of Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is chronic disorder of the nervous system. It isn’t fatal, but it can cause debilitating symptoms that impact everyday movement and mobility. The cells that produce dopamine are damaged in people with Parkinson’s disease. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps communicate messages between different sections of the brain. Without enough dopamine, …more