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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES & HOLISTIC CARE FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Conventional medications are the current standard of care and have been well studied with large scale, controlled trials. However, there are alternative therapies that are of interest. Unfortunately, large scale controlled trials have not been performed for alternative approaches. Thus it is difficult to comment on the safety or efficacy of these medications. For example, chelation therapy and IV glutathione are available as alternative therapies but have not been studied according to strict scientific methods.
Vitamins and Other Supplements
Patients should discuss use of herbal supplements with a physician before taking them. For example, St. John's Wort, an herbal remedy promoted as a treatment for mild depression, can have harmful interactions with some other medications. Because the mechanism of action is still unclear it is best to avoid St. John's Wort when taking medications for Parkinson's disease that block the monamine oxidase system such as selegeline (Eldepryl).
Exercise and PD
Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy
Nutrition and Diet