I have been enjoying several posts on this site and have followed links and trails leading to complementary therapies and dietary supplements. These have given me plenty of ‘food for thought.’
However, at a recent meeting of a support group here in Plymouth UK, a neurologist and research scientist outlined the history of Parkinson’s and its treatment. She spoke about the use of Mucuna pruriens with its active ingredient, L-Dopa, and how that was used before the modern treatments we have now.
If you have Parkinson’s, are taking complementary and herbal therapies, please let your clinicians know as you may be getting additional or interfering drug actions from these and your prescription pills. The herbalist or source of your ‘herbal remedies’ should be able to indicate any possible reactions with prescription drugs, I know they do in the UK.