The problem: are you or a loved one affected by Parkinson’s?
Parkinson’s is considered to be an idiopathic disease, which means there is – as yet – no known cause. But could it be that this degenerative disease is caused by the stress-induced unravelling of genes?
Do the corruptions in our DNA exist from the outset, simply manifesting when our physiology is older and more worn out? Are the complications triggered by environmental factors such as pesticides and fertilisers as some contend?
Whatever the cause, or causes, stress appears to play a significant role in its long-term development, either as a source, or a catalyst. Major stress events such as the death of a loved one can often usher in its onset almost overnight.
What we do know is that often the onset of the full-blown disorder is preceded by autonomic dysfunction, and then later on cognitive functioning becomes impaired, and symptoms of depression can also manifest. The loss of motor skills comes from the death of dopamine-producing cells in the mid-brain.
How can Vedic meditation help in living with Parkinson's disease?
Meditation can and does provide treatment of Parkinson’s disease on a number of levels.
Firstly, MRI scans have shown us that meditation activates the region in the brain responsible for autonomic functioning, and brings balance to the autonomic nervous system (the part of the nervous system responsible for control of the bodily functions not consciously directed, such as breathing, digestion and so on). This enables it to operate at its optimal level.
Vedic meditation also helps cleanse us of any harmful toxins that have been stored up in the cells of our body so that they no longer do us any damage. Of course, meditation is also a powerful stress management tool, allowing us to prevent the unravelling of chromosomes, and to minimise the progress of degenerative conditions that may be caused by stress. It may also facilitate repair of the cells of the nervous system.
There is also a great deal of enhanced cognitive activity and functioning when we meditate, which, at the very minimum, will help us to maintain cognitive capabilities in the face of degenerative forces.
Meditation also tends to increase our production of and sensitivity to dopamine. As a result, cases of depression always tend to lift. It seems likely that the loss of motor skills will be greatly improved, making living with Parkinson’s disease significantly easier.
Meditation also provides something uplifting and edifying within all practitioners, so even when our outer experience may be inhibited by the confines of a degenerative condition, our internal sense of wellbeing is greatly enhanced.
We are aware of much anecdotal evidence suggesting that there has been, at the very least, a minimising of disease development, numerous cases of partial reversal of symptoms, and we have heard tell of some complete recoveries.
It is an area we are greatly interested in exploring and furthering the research on. If you are a medical researcher or practitioner who is keen to undertake a study into the effects of meditation on Parkinson’s, we would be very happy to participate.