Tibetan Herbs and Parkinson’s: A Personal Success Story
October 1, 2012, is a significant anniversary date in my life. One year earlier I started taking a Tibetan herb for Parkinson’s disease. When people ask me what Parkinson’s disease (PD) is I tell them my definition is that Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological disease for which western medicine currently has no cure.
I was diagnosed with PD in 2005. My adventure with Tibetan herbs for Parkinson’s began in June of 2011. I was having a casual phone conversation with a natural medicine doctor from Raleigh, NC. She asked me what I knew about Tibetan herbs and Parkinson’s. My answer was that I knew nothing. She suggested that I research the subject.
I did what I think most people would do with her advice. I wrote it down on a piece of paper and promptly forgot about it for three months. During that time I was struck by how powerless western medicine was over Parkinson’s disease. I had friends who were younger than me who had already left work on medical disability. I also knew six people who had deep brain stimulation surgery because of their Parkinson’s.
From my perspective, all my neurologist was able to do was to manage my medications and increase my dosages until he could no longer control the disease. With that on my mind I started researching Tibetan herbs for Parkinson’s.
At this point let me stop and say that I cannot make any direct recommendations to anyone reading this article. I cannot prescribe medicines and certainly will not tell anyone to change any direction they have received from their doctor. If anything, the story that I’m about to relate can be used as a discussion point with a neurologist.
In September of 2011 I was taking 7.5 tablets a day of carbidopa/levodopa. My Parkinson’s symptoms were pretty well under control, but I could definitely tell when the medicine was wearing off. I had to be careful about timing my medication and meals. If I was late taking a dosage or missed a meal I would become very shaky and it would be hard to concentrate, my though processes would become unfocused. If I ate too much or had a meal too long after taking my medicine I would become nauseous. I would tire easily and found that I would lose energy by the end of the day.
I started taking a Tibetan herb for PD on October 1, 2011. I did not change my carbidopa/levodopa dosage for 30 days. Over the following two months I began reducing my carbidopa/levodopa. I paid close attention to my body and did this very slowly. I continued taking the Tibetan herb daily during this time period. By January 2012 I was completely weaned off of carbidopa/levodopa. Currently, I take a maintenance dose of the Tibetan herb of only two doses a week.
Now, one year after beginning the Tibetan herb I’m excited to say that I have been free of all western medication for nine months. I still have Parkinson’s symptoms, but I feel better and more normal now than when I was taking 7.5 tablets a day of my prescribed medication. My Parkinson’s symptoms are less severe. My thinking is clearer, and I no longer get nauseous before or after meals. I also find that my stamina has improved. From my perspective, I believe that I can manage my Parkinson’s symptoms in much the same way a diabetic manages his diabetes, with diet and exercise.
My neurologist can’t explain why I am doing better on the Tibetan herb than I was on the carbidopa/levodopa. Thankfully, he is open minded enough to monitor me and not argue with my success.
NOTE: As of July 2014 the supplement has been renamed to Nerve Support 2.