Yoga and Naturopathy for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a long term neuro-de-generative disorder of the central nervous system that affects predominately dopamine-producing neurons and motor system. Symptoms generally develop slowly over years. Early symptoms include muscle rigidity, shaking and slowness of movement or difficulty with walking tremors and changes in speech. Dementia becomes common in the advanced stages of the disease. Depression and anxiety are also common occurring in more than one third of people with PD. Other symptoms include sensory, sleep, thinking, behavioral and emotional problems.

The causes of PD are poorly understood but genetic and environmental factors are commonly understood as the main causes of PD. The motor symptoms of the disease result from the death of cells in a region of the midbrain. This creates the deficiency of dopamine in these areas. The reason for this cell death includes the build-up of proteins in the neurons. Those with a family history of Parkinson’s disease are more likely to get this disease. There is also an increased risk in people exposed to certain pesticides and among those who have had prior head injuries.


Yogic Kriya: Sukshma Vyama.

Asana: Utkatasana (Chair pose), Resistance exercises pushing wall, Bhujangasana, Parbatasana, Salabhasana, Dhanurasana, Pawanmuka, Utttanpadasana etc as well as other resistance exercises.

Pranayama: Kapalbhati, Bhastrika, Agnisar, Bahiya, Anulom Vilom, Nadisodhan, Uddgith, Ujjai and Bhramari.

Mudra: Gyana Mudra

Meditation: Yog Nidra and meditation.

Diet Therapy:

Drink soya milk, sesame milk or goat’s milk. Consume green leafy vegetables in the form of salad. Consume Vitamin-E dominated food viz. whole grains, vegetables, fruits, dry fruits etc.

Avoid tea, coffee, fast food, fried food etc. Minimize salt and sugar intake.


Hot foot bath, Stiz bath, Hot and cold fomentation on spine, Dharapat on forehead and morning walk etc.

Written by Yogaguru Dr Mohan Karki

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