Traditional and complementary therapies in Parkinson's disease

Adv Neurol. 1999;80:565-74.


Parkinson's disease has existed in different parts of the world since ancient times. The first clear description is found in the ancient Indian medical system of Ayurveda under the name Kampavata. Traditional therapies in the form of herbal preparations containing anticholinergics, levodopa, and monoamine oxidase inhibitors were used in the treatment of PD in India, China, and the Amazon basin. Scientific reevaluation of these therapies may be valuable, as shown in the case of Mucuna pruriens and Banisteria caapi. Complementary therapies such as massage therapy, biofeedback, and acupuncture may have beneficial effects for patients and deserve further study.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy / methods
  • Biofeedback, Psychology
  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Humans
  • Massage
  • Medicine, Ayurvedic
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional
  • Medicine, Traditional*
  • Parkinson Disease / therapy*
  • Shamanism