The current standard therapy for Parkinson's disease is the administration of drugs designed to balance the dopamine deficiency in the brain as far as possible. In many cases, this achieves an improvement in Parkinson's symptoms for a limited period. However, the disease unfortunately usually continues to progress (at a different rate for different patients). In addition, the various drugs have some serious unwanted side effects. In the standard therapy, the medication is accompanied by exercise therapies and such like.
Causes-centred therapy of Parkinson's disease
Research on Parkinson's disease is showing more and more clearly that the causes of this disease in individual patients are diverse and individually different (so-called multiple factors) (1). An important consequence of this is that the therapy must also be individually configured so that its chances of success are as high as possible, on the one hand for alleviating the symptoms and on the other for slowing down or stopping the progression of the disease.
We have been committed for over 15 years to researching the causes and possible therapies of Parkinson's disease. From this wealth of experience, we have developed a special therapy approach.
In addition to the standard therapy, our approach strives to identify individual causes of the disease (factors) in each patient as far as possible on the basis of current research. We offer various therapies aimed at reducing or eliminating these causes as much as possible. This is the prerequisite for slowing or even halting the progression of the disease and for improving the self-healing powers of the body.
We therefore offer complementary, personalized Parkinson's therapy based on the latest state of research with the following essential features:
- Detailed medical history (i.e. examination of the life history and disease progression) together with a thorough, individual diagnosis with state-of-the-art methods of laboratory medicine etc.
- Creation of an individual therapy plan based on this
- Clear information compiled for you about the basics, the structure and the procedure of the therapy
- Implementation of therapies in our practice and in partner practices
- Intermediate and final examinations to identify and document the results achieved
Therapy takes place in three phases:
The first phase involves an examination of the patient and to discuss his or her life and illness with the aim of isolating the causes of the disease as much as possible. The harmful factors thereby identified, for example poisons of various origins or chronic infections, are eliminated as far as possible to reduce further damage in the second phase. This forms the basis for phase 3, in which the body's self-healing powers are stimulated on the mental, emotional and physical levels, with the aim of slowing down or stopping the progression of the disease as far as possible, and even to facilitate improvements in specific areas over longer periods of time.
Generally, phases 2 and 3 overlap, i.e. phase 3 measures are started as soon as phase 2 has significantly relieved the body of harmful factors.
As part of a first consultation, we will be happy to explain the therapy to you and to answer questions about your individual case. Please bring along all relevant medical documents such as findings, medical reports, laboratory results, imaging (X-ray / ultrasound / DatScan) etc. for the first session.
Therapy takes place on an outpatient basis, i.e., you attend appointments in our practice or in the associated practices where the various examinations and therapies are carried out.
The costs of the therapy as a whole as well as of the different partial therapies depend significantly on the circumstances of the individual case. We and each of the other participating practices in the overall therapy charge the resulting costs separately to you or your health insurance.
Requirements for patients wishing to participate in this therapy:
- Willingness and ability of the person concerned, and of those around him or her, to deal with the content of the overall therapy and its parts and, if necessary, to make changes in personal lifestyle.
- Stamina to complete the therapy which generally covers a long period and the necessary patience to give the body the rest and recovery time necessary for successful therapy to become apparent.
(1) Espay, Alberto J., Patrik Brundin, and Anthony E. Lang. "Precision Medicine for Disease Modification in Parkinson's Disease." Nature Reviews Neurology 13, no. 2 (February 2017): 119-26. doi: 10.1038 / nrneurol.2016.196.