Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder that is caused by degeneration of nerve cells in the part of the brain called the substantia nigra, which controls movement. These nerve cells die or become impaired, losing the ability to produce an important chemical called dopamine. Without enough dopamine, this balance is disrupted, resulting in tremor (trembling in the hands, arms, legs and jaw); rigidity (stiffness of the limbs); slowness of movement; and impaired balance and coordination – the hallmark symptoms of Parkinson’s.

The cause of Parkinson’s essentially remains unknown. some theories involving oxidative damage, environmental toxins, genetic factors and accelerated aging have been discussed as potential causes for the disease.

Common Symptoms

  • Tremor or the involuntary and rhythmic movements of the hands, arms, legs and jaw
  • Muscle rigidity or stiffness of the limbs – most common in the arms, shoulders or neck
  • Gradual loss of spontaneous movement, which often leads to decreased mental skill or reaction time, voice changes, decreased facial expression, etc.
  • Gradual loss of automatic movement, which may lead to decreased blinking, decreased frequency of swallowing and drooling
  • A stooped, flexed posture with bending at the elbows, knees and hips
  • Unsteady walk or balance
  • Depression or dementia

Concept in Traditional medicine

 In Ayurveda Parkinsonism is mainly known by Kampavata, Which is one among Vatavyadhi. Due to aggravated chalaguna of vata dosha the onset of disease begins and exhibits. According to Siddha this disease is classified under Vatha ailment.  It may be compared to ‘Sira-kamba Vatham’ or ‘Naddukku Vatham’ as per Siddha. The term ‘Sira-kamba  vatham’ is used as degeneration of nerves in brain is caused due to deranged Vatha humor affecting  Motor movements and muscle control. The term ‘Nadukku vatham’ is used for this disease due to its  characteristic feature or symptom ‘tremor’ which is seen even during rest.


Parkinson’s disease treatment in traditional medicine aims at strengthening the nervous system as well as rejuvenating brain tissues for an overall improvement in the condition. Parkinson’s disease treatment at Haridra Holistic Royal Ayurvedic Treatment Centre provides special traditionally prepared Neuro-Rasayanas as internal medicine which stimulate neurotransmitters and helps in overcoming problems as well relaxing the mind. special royal treatments like bhramadhara, kukkuda chaaru, mamsanavarakizhi, dasamamsakizhi and special varma treatments are also given as external therapies to overcome vata and to stimulate the neurons.

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