Q: What can be done for Parkinson’s disease?
A: Parkinson’s disease is a tricky condition that has drawn a lot of attention for possibly one day being cured by stem cell therapy. When looked at from an Ayurvedic perspective, we associate the disease with excessive motion as based on aggravation of Vata energy. What is likely for those who suffer from Parkinson’s is that they also suffer from other movement-related imbalances defined by aggravated Vata energy such as constipation (no movement of waste) and insomnia (excessive movement of mind).
To work toward lessening the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s, like excessive movement of the body, work to balance Vata energy in the body as a whole. Though this is ideally done under the supervision of an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner, you can do simple things like consume ghee and natural uncooked oils so to lubricate the intestines (leads to movement of the bowels), favor cooked foods over raw foods (easier for a Vata constitution to digest), and apply a light layer of sesame oil to the skin each morning.