On this page you can find a brief discussion about Parkinson's disease according to Chinese medicine principles, the possible causes of this condition in terms of Chinese medicine diagnosis, and the treatment protocol at our clinic.
Please keep in mind that Chinese medicine is very different in principles, concepts, language, and treatment methods from western medicine. The information here is intended for the lay people who have no knowledge about Chinese medicine, therefore this discussion must be limited in scope and depth. The purpose is to impart the relevant information and to help you gain a general understanding, from your standpoint as a potential patient of Chinese medicine, how Chinese medicine views and diagnoses this condition of interest and what you can expect from a treatment if you decide to become a patient of our clinic.
Below are brief explanations of some common terms and concepts in Chinese medicine diagnosis that you would come across in a reading. This also helps you to understand better the discussion on this page.
- Qi - means energy. Qi is the universal energy that pervades within and without us everywhere in this realm of existence. Strictly speaking in our body, qi is the vital force that causes all movements, activities, functions, growth, development, control, check and balance, nourishment, protection, and transformation.
- Yin - pertains to the material basis of our body.
- Yang - pertains to the energetic, functional aspect of our body.
- Damp - refers to moisture in the body. The mentioning of damp in a diagnosis usually refers to an excessive accumulation that consequently produces problems.
- Heat, cold - temperature in our body. The mentioning of temperature in a diagnosis usually indicates an extreme level of imbalance.
- Wind - exists naturally in our body. The mentioning of wind in a diagnosis indicates an imbalance has occurred which causes the activity of wind to become excessive or in severe cases out of control.
- Meridian – another term for energy channel.
According to Chinese medicine, Parkinson's disease results from the following imbalances:
- Qi and blood stagnation
- Excessive stirring of wind
- Ascending liver yang
- Qi deficiency of spleen and kidney
- Yin deficiency of spleen, kidney, liver
Treatment for Parkinson's is more productive at the early onset although Chinese medicine still benefits and gives relief to the symptoms at all stages of the disease. We use acupuncture and herbs to achieve these healing effects:
- Open the affected energy channels.
- Regulate qi and blood flow.
- Disperse qi stagnation.
- Break up blood stagnation.
- Subdue wind and liver yang.
- Strengthen qi and nourish yin.
The initial course of treatment comprises of 12 weekly sessions. Ongoing maintenance is necessary for as long as patient wants to use Chinese medicine for support. Parkinson's is easily susceptible to stress therefore avoiding stress is important to stabilize the condition.
An in-depth assessment and individually tailored treatment recommendation are conducted in person as there may be pre/existing factors of one's health that influence the condition of interest.