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Efficiency of complementary integrative practices in patients with Parkinson’s disease

Journal of Neurology & Stroke
Cyntia Nery de Sousa Silva

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  1. Introduction:Parkinson’s disease is a disorder that causes damages to brain cells responsible for producing dopamine at the encephalic region known as black matter, a chronic and progressive disease which has as symptom hand trembling, as well as slowness and stiffness of movement and loss of balance, symptoms that compromises the daily life of the patient. The treatment is generally administered through medication. Another course to treat Parkinson’s disease is through Integrative and Complementary Practices, also known as non-pharmacological therapies, which are regarded as traditional practices for preventing and reducing symptoms related with the pathology.
  2. Objective:This study has as its goal to verify the efficacy in the application of Integrative and Complementary Practices to decrease symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s Disease.
  3. Methodology: This is an exploratory, descriptive study, with a qualitative approach with integral literature review, analyzed from PubMed and SCIELO databases. There were selected 05 articles for review.
  4. Results:The study demonstrates that, though the benefits of medication and other procedures administered to treat the disease are well known, the complementary therapies also contribute to improve the motor and non-motor symptoms of the patient. It was observed that Yoga, Relaxation, Music Therapy, Acupuncture and Anma Massage Therapy all resulted on improvement for the patient.
  5. Conclusion: Therefore, it is concluded that the usage of complementary therapies in patients with Parkinson’s disease is efficient and aids in the motor and mental development of an individual.


Parkinson, disease, neurology