Parkinson’s Disease: 202 Years of A Medical Milestone


John Paul II, Helen Mirren. Mao Zedong, Michael J. Fox, Ozzy Osbourne, Mohammed Ali, Adolf Hitler, Manny Pacquiao, Salvador Dalí. What do all these well-known people have in common? Something called PD. In 1997, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared April 11 as World Parkinson’s Day (PD). The date helps to raise awareness about the disease and about the problems faced by the millions of people around the world afflicted with it. In fact, PD is the second most frequent neurodegenerative disease in the world, after Alzheimer’s.

This date also pays homage to British doctor James Parkinson (Shoreditch, 1755 – London 1824). He was the first person. (1817) to accurately describe the symptoms of the disease that today bears his name and which he called “the shaking palsy.”

Many patients follow complementary and alternative therapies such as homeopathy, aromatherapy, Tai-chi, acupuncture, Ayurveda. Herbal treatments with “yerba mate”, CBD or cannabis are supposed to be effective.

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