Association of L-DOPA with recovery following Ayurveda medication in Parkinson's disease

J Neurol Sci. 2000 Jun 15;176(2):124-7. doi: 10.1016/s0022-510x(00)00329-4.


Ayurveda, the Indian system of traditional medicine, uses a concoction of several spices, herbs and minerals for the treatment of diseases. In a clinical prospective study we have evaluated the efficacy of Ayurveda treatment (a concoction in cow's milk of powdered Mucuna pruriens and Hyoscyamus reticulatus seeds and Withania somnifera and Sida cordifolia roots) in 18 clinically diagnosed (with a mean Hoen and Yahr value of 2.22) parkinsonian patients. As per Ayurveda principles, 13 patients underwent both cleansing (for 28 days) and palliative therapy (56 days), 5 patients underwent palliative therapy alone (84 days). Only the former group showed significant improvement in activities of daily living (ADL) and on motor examination as per UPDRS rating. Symptomatically, they exhibited better response in tremor, bradykinesia, stiffness and cramps as compared to the latter group. Excessive salivation worsened in both the groups. Analyses of powdered samples in milk, as administered in patients, revealed about 200 mg of L-DOPA per dose. The study establishes the necessity of cleansing therapy in Ayurveda medication prior to palliative therapy. It also reveals contribution of L-DOPA in the recovery as observed in Parkinson' disease following Ayurveda medication.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • India
  • Levodopa / administration & dosage*
  • Male
  • Medicine, Ayurvedic*
  • Middle Aged
  • Parkinson Disease / drug therapy*
  • Plant Extracts / therapeutic use*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Recovery of Function*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Plant Extracts
  • Levodopa