Based on recent studies, Parkinson’s Disease (PD) was seen to affect 1% of the population over the age of 60 years. Although this is a lower percentage, the number of people affected by Parkinson's is alarming and it only seems to be increasing.
In the US, more than 1 million people are living with PD and this number is expected to rise to 1.2 million by 2030. The numbers in India are not very distant. The recorded number of PD patients was 0.58 million in 2016 which has doubled over the years.
Most people over the age of 65 are susceptible to exhibiting PD symptoms. Rare cases of Parkinson’s were seen in younger people too.
There are limited insights into the risk factors and environmental conditions that increase the risk of PD. However, CBD or Vijaya has been one of the most efficient treatment solutions for Parkinson’s Disease and has helped several patients cope with its symptoms.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s Disease is caused when the nervous system is affected which leads to irregular movement. There are several reasons why PD occurs like environmental factors, toxins, genetic factors, etc.
PD is characterized by early symptoms like slight tremors in the hand and body stiffness. Some people can also develop dementia. Early signs like changes in movements like tremors, difficulty in coordination and balance, changes in gait patterns, loss of smell and taste, changes in nerves in facial muscles resulting in fixed facial muscles, REM sleep disorder, voice tremors or soft voice, cramped or smaller handwriting, etc.
Some other changes include mood changes and depression, dementia, delusions and hallucinations, fatigue, constipation, skin problems, and difficulty chewing and swallowing.
The precise cause of PD is still unclear and can be hard to establish. However, some variations of PD occur due to the following reasons:
- Dopamine deficiency: Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that aids muscle movement and coordination. Low dopamine levels in the brain due to dopamine cell death can result in PD symptoms.
- Low Norepinephrine levels: damage to nerve endings that produce norepinephrine can lead to PD. Norepinephrine is needed for blood circulation and automatic bodily functions which cause the reduced motor and non-motor functions of the body.
- Genetic Factors: 10% of PD cases especially with early-onset symptoms are due to genetic factors. PD is not hereditary. But, some genes are linked with PD.
- Autoimmune factors: studies show that people with autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis have a 1.37% higher chance of having PD as well.
Some risk factors of developing PD are a trauma injury to the head, males who have a 50% higher risk of having PD, age factors where people above the age of 60 years are more likely to develop PD, some drugs and medication, and toxins like pesticides, solvents, metals, and other pollutants.
Avoiding contact with toxins, being safe from head trauma, exercising, maintaining a good diet by including foods like turmeric, and flavonoids, and limiting aldehyde intake can help prevent PD.
CBD or Vijaya has been seen to help patients with PD deal with their symptoms and sometimes even delay the early onset of PD among susceptible cases. Here is how Vijaya can help treat PD.
How does Vijaya Treat Parkinson’s Disease?
Several studies in recent years have shown how Viajay can be useful in people with PD. Some of the studies have suggested that Vijaya can have a positive effect on PD patients especially to improve non-motor symptoms like depression, anxiety and sleep disorders.
Here are some ways Vijaya helps PD patients.
A small yet efficient study showed that Vijaya helped to improve pain among people with Parkinson’s Disease. Some animal studies have also indicated that regular intake of Vijaya can have pain reduction and anti-inflammatory effects on people with PD which can greatly improve their quality of life.
Reduce in Tremors
CBD helps to ease muscle movements in people with PD. Some medications and common treatment methods for PD can have medicine-related tremors or uncontrolled muscle movements. Vijaya can be useful to treat these side effects too by helping muscle and coordination regulation.
One of the serious complications of PD is Psychosis. This leads to patients experiencing hallucinations, delirium and delusions. It is highly common among people with later stages of Parkinson’s Disease. Studies show that about 50% of PD patients experience psychosis.
While modern medication can be helpful to treat psychosis, Vijaya has been used by people experimentally to see if there are any benefits for people with PD related psychosis.
A small study based on such cases revealed that Vijaya can greatly reduce the severity of the symptom and can also be used as a reliable method as it does not cause any adverse side effects.
Many people with Parkinson’s Disease are alarmingly experiencing unrest and lack of sleep. Vivid dreams, nightmares and movement during sleep is highly common among patients with PD. Some studies have shown that Vijaya can be used to enhance the quality of sleep and also reduce anxiety and depression among PD patients which can also be a reason for unrest and sleeplessness.
Enhanced Quality of life
Vijaya has shown several benefits for Parkinson’s patients based on several research and studies. The compound seems to greatly improve the quality of life for PD patients which is one of the major concerns for the disease. A study found that PD patients experienced no psychiatric symptoms or conditions when taking Vijaya regularly as part of their everyday routine.
Uses and Safety
Parkinsone’s Disease is known to impact cognitive functions, memory, and muscle coordination especially among those with PD which progresses to dementia. In such cases, it is highly recommended that PD patients use Vijaya alone as part of their treatment.
CBD or Vijaya interacts with the two endocannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 in the body. This interaction helps to delay tremor development and can also protect neurological cells.
There are several studies showing the benefits of using Vijaya for PD. However, before beginning to use Vijaya to treat PD symptoms, it is better to consult the physician or a Vijaya expert to be sure. They can guide you on the dosage and right method of Vijaya administration for maximum benefits.