At the end of my previous post, Fighting Parkinson’s, and scientific study says that dopamine is not depleted, I mentioned that the Parkinson’s Recipe for Recovery® has one thing only for symptom relief. I felt I needed to experience the symptoms with no relief in order to solve them and cure myself from Parkinson’s. Over the last four years, I have been recommending alternative things to do for symptoms and side effects relief. Today…here they are!
The recommendations I will make below are the things I have recommended to others and have gotten positive feedback. I hope you will find something that will assist you as well.
Eye exercises: Open eyes wide. Moving eyes only, look up, look the right, look down, look to the left. Repeat 10 times. Then 10 times of looking up, then left, then down, then right.
Here is a picture of an eye and information for acupressure.
Jingming (BL1) Urinary Bladder Channel, lies where the inner corner of the eye meets the nose. Bladder 1 and 2 are perhaps the best two points for eye problems of all kinds from early-stage cataracts or glaucoma to hysteria with vision loss. They are also used for problems with conjunctivitis due to Wind-Heat and Liver Heat, to blurred vision in the elderly due to Deficient Jing and Blood.
Zanzhu (BL2) Urinary Bladder Channel, lies in the depressions at the inner ends of the eyebrows. Bladder 1 and 2 are perhaps the best two points for eye problems of all kinds from early-stage cataracts or glaucoma to hysteria with vision loss. They are also used for problems with conjunctivitis due to Wind-Heat and Liver Heat, to blurred vision in the elderly due to Deficient Jing and Blood.
Tongziliao (GB1) Gall Bladder Channel, lies in the cavities on the outside corners of the eye sockets. Good for eye problems including conjunctivitis, red sore eyes, photophobia, dry, itchy eyes, early-stage cataracts and blurred vision, as well as lateral headaches.
Instructions for doing self-acupressure for eye health:
GENTLY massage each acupuncture point around the orbit of the eye, starting with B1-1 and massaging each point as you go up and outward. Each point should be massaged for approximately 5-10 seconds. You can massage both eyes at the same time. You can do this massage as often as you like over the course of the day. You may find that each point feels different in terms of sensitivity.
Keep breathing as you massage. Deep breathing helps the cells of your eyes receive the oxygen they need for healing. Practice long, slow abdominal breathing while massaging the acupressure points.
Do not massage on an area if it has a scar, burn or infection.
In the Recipe, there is Standing and Balance Qigong. However, here are two other things regarding issues with balance. Ears — if your ears are clogged, the semicircular canals are negatively impacted and you can be thrown off balance. Have your ears irrigated, either with a home irrigation kit or professionally. Balance Qigong. Here is Qigong exercise to strengthen your legs, knees, and hips. Stand with your feet like this:
Bend your knees and rotate your waist so that you are facing the direction the front foot is pointing. Bend your arms at the elbows so that your elbows to your hands are pointing forward with your palms facing the ground. (If your balance is poor, stand between two chairs with their backs facing each other and hold onto the chair backs). The movement: Inhale and lift your left heel slightly while shifting your weight to your right foot in front. Exhale and shift your weight to your back foot, lowering your heel to the floor and slightly lifting the toes of your right foot off of the ground. Repeat this rocking back and forth motion for a total of ten repetitions. Then, switch your feet and repeat ten times with your left foot forward and right foot back. This will help with balance, lubricate the joints of your ankles, knees, and hips, and increase your energy as you are “pumping” the the kidney meridian.
3. Eating assistance.
I had a difficult time getting my utensils to my mouth. I developed a different way of holding my arm to solve this problem. Click here to read about it.
4. Voice issues.
Take a deep inhale. On the exhale say aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh as loud as you can for as long as you can. Do five of these two times per day..
5. Speech issues.
For articulation, do these sounds for one minute each, once per day.
With light pressure, place the fingertips of your three middle fingers of each hand on your lower cheekbones on each side of your face. Hold there for two minutes as many times as need throughout the day to relieve dizziness.
Fatigue is often the result of low spleen energy. If you find yourself very drowsy directly after eating, low spleen energy is probably the culprit. Here is acupressure and Qigong to raise your spleen energy and fight your fatigue.
There is a part on the leg where the Liver, Kidney and Spleen meridians all cross each other, and a blockage there could relate to issues of digestion as well as tremors because it has the potential of three meridians being blocked at the same spot…lots of shaking could occur. It is known as Spleen 6. Click here for the Spleen meridian. Do acupressure on Spleen 1-11, starting at the outside of the big toe at the nail edge and finishing at Spleen 11 on the inside of your thigh. You can press a little harder on these points because they are not on the spine, such as with the Governing Vessel Acupressure. The idea is to press on the point with the tip of a finger or 2 and then massage in a circular motion for about 20 seconds per point. Do this once per day.
Stand with knees slightly bent.
Raise your right arm straight up and bend your wrist back so your palm is facing the ceiling.
With your left arm still by your side, bend your left wrist back so your palm is facing the floor.
On the exhale, straighten your knees and stretch your right palm toward the ceiling while stretching your left palm toward the floor.
Do this ten times.
Then switch your arms the other way and do 10 more.
Do this in the morning.
(If you are fatigued in the middle of a meal or shortly thereafter, do this 15 minutes prior to each meal).
8. Energy to hands; fine motor skills assistance.
Put hot water, not too hot, in your sink. Submerge your hands for 2 minutes. While your hands are submerged, for 1 minute alternate making fists and stretching your fingers. Leave your hands submerged for 2 more minutes (total time 5 minutes).
9. Energy to feet; numbness, cramping, or tingling assistance.
Put hot water, not too hot, in a bucket or tub. Submerge your feet for 2 minutes. While your feet are submerged, for 1 minute alternate clenching your toes and stretching your toes. Leave your feet submerged for 2 more minutes (total time 5 minutes).
10. Urgent urination and constipation assistance.
For in-depth discussion of ridding yourself of urgent urination and constipation by drinking more water and breathing deeper, please read these links:
Click here to read Fighting Parkinson’s and drinking more water.
Click here to read Fighting Parkinson’s and drinking more water, part 2.
Deep breathing is essential to achieving urgent urination and constipation relief. Click here to learn how to breath deeply.
11. Dystonia and Restless Leg Syndrome relief.
Click here to read a detailed outline of how to get relief from dystonia and restless leg syndrome.
Governing vessel acupressure provides relief from tremors. Click here for a link to the Governing Vessel.
For those of you unfamiliar with the GV Meridian, the recommended acupressure begins at the coccyx and goes up the spine all the way to the midpoint at the top of the head. The GV Meridian is longer than that section, but that section (GV2-GV20) is recommended for Parkinson’s tremors.
If you have somebody to perform GV Acupressure on you, the person would lightly press on each point with a fingertip or two and then move the fingertip(s) in a circular motion for 15-20 seconds, moving up the spine from GV2 through GV20. If you are doing this yourself and can reach, you can do GV2-5 and GV15-20. To activate the other points, if you lay on the floor and slowly roll your spine from side to side for a couple of minutes, you will reach GV6-14 this way.
Click here to learn about relief from tremors in the hands and arms, and for more about the gallbladder meridian.
13. Stiffness in neck relief.
This is in the Recipe, but here it is again in case you missed it.
Turning head to sides.
1. Sit up straight and slowly turn your head to the right.
2. Slowly turn your head so you are facing forward again.
3. Slowly turn your head to the left.
4. Slowly turn your head so you are facing forward again.
Repeat this 10 times to each side.
Tilting head forward and back.
1. Slowly tilt your head forward with your chin moving down toward your chest.
2. Slowly bring your head up so you are facing forward again.
3. Slowly tilt your head back.
4. Slowly bring your head up so you are facing forward again.
Repeat this 10 times forward and 10 times back.
Tilting head to sides.
1. Slowly tilt your head to the right side as if you were trying to place your right ear on your right shoulder.
2. Slowly bring your head back so you are facing forward again.
3. Slowly tilt your head to the left side as if you were trying to place your left ear on your left shoulder.
4. Slowly bring your head back so you are facing forward again.
Repeat this 10 times to each side.
If your neck is so stiff that you cannot perform any of these movements, use your hands to assist your head and your neck in doing the exercises, but only do the movements slightly so you do not strain your already stiff neck. After you have been doing this with the assistance of your hands for a number of days, the tightness should loosen up a little, and you should try again without using your hands.
14. Relief from fear.
Fear is a big issue with Parkinson’s. One of the things people fear is their body’s response to doing the Recipe. Since the Recipe is designed to heal the soul, mind, and body from the inside, sometime your symptoms may appear worse even though you are getting better. This needs repeating: SOMETIMES YOUR SYMPTOMS MAY APPEAR WORSE EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE GETTING BETTER. Do not be confused…if you are doing the Recipe, do not look at what appears to be worsening symptoms and say, “I am getting worse” or “My symptoms are getting worse.” This is incorrect. If you are doing the Recipe, you are getting better even if your symptoms appear worse.
Here are some things to read to assist you in understanding one of the most important points of your recovery doing the Recipe: SOMETIMES YOUR SYMPTOMS MAY APPEAR WORSE EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE GETTING BETTER:
Click here to read Fighting Parkinson’s and more on cleaning the pool.
Click here to read Fighting Parkinson’s, and trusting in your recovery.
Click here to read Fighting Parkinson’s, and attitude, attitude, attitude.
Click here to read Fighting Parkinson’s, and faith over fear refresher.
In wrapping up this post, I want to remind you that you are kind, compassionate, beautiful people. Please do not define yourself, or your day, or your life, by your Parkinson’s symptoms. You are so much more than Parkinson’s symptoms. If you can look at the symptoms and appreciate that they are built in notifiers of how you are doing physically, mentally, and/or spiritually, then you can explore why your have them instead of being afraid of them…and then you can look at your symptoms as nothing more than the notifications that you have more work to do on your path to your cure. And then…enjoy the journey, do the work, and have your cure.
You can do it.
You are worth it!!!
All my best,
Fabulous Howard! Well done you as usual. Very thorough!
How can we fail with you as the Navigator!
You Rock my friend. 😉
With Love and Gratitude.
Thanks Howard! This is a lot of great information!
Great post! THANKS!
So incredibly supportive, Howard…..thank you!
What a great tool kit, Howard.
One little tool to throw into the mix, related to constipation: I have almost completely eliminated this problem by relying on green leafy vegetables, and critically, a cup of nuts (specifically, unsalted almond and walnut pieces), sprinkled on my salads and vegetables each day.
(The walnuts and almonds were recommended by a Chinese Medicine Doctor, and that has made all the difference in the world. I an so relieved.)
Thanks for the information. I do not use the nuts, but I do have a smoothie full of leafy green vegetables everyday. I attribute my green drink for the reason I have not had a problem with constipation. 🙂
PLEASE TELL ME WHICH GREENS TO COMBINE FOR
Thank you Howard for your time and efforts. I look forward to your posts each week.
I thank God continually for putting me in your path, Howard! I AM HEALING! I actually was able to dance the night away at my nephew’s wedding last weekend. THAT’s A MIRACLE! No one would have believed that I had PD. I can’t remember when I have been happier and so full of energy and life. This turtle has her eyes on the finish line, but she’s enjoying the scenery along the way! HUGS!
So encouraging to hear your testimony, Margee. This is wonderful!
Awesome! Thanx for the share :), Margee.
I wish I knew the meridians of the body like you do! Thank you for sharing this wealth of information! I wish I had found you 9 years ago and could have gotten a jump on recovery before PD had a chance to settle in for so many years…………better late than never! With heartfelt thanks and gratitude for all your love and support! Melanie
Hi Melanie, Here is a thought that I read today. I really like it. Hope it will make your journey a little easier. Hang in there….We can do this 🙂
If you saw the size of the blessing coming, you would understand the magnitude of the battle you are fighting.
Have a fantastic day !
Thank you Debbie! I love the quote. Positive thought, great perspective.
Thanks Howard. Have a wonderful weekend 🙂
Cada experiencia de la vida, no importa lo “trágica” que sea, contiene una lección oculta..Por lo tanto, los acontecimientos de la vida son oportunidades para crecer,
expandirse, experimentar y desarrollarse…….Al pasar por una crisis vital, nos hacemos más humanos, más compasivos, aceptamos mejor las cosas y nos volvemos mas comprensivos hacia nosotros mismos y hacia los demás. Ya no hemos de satisfacernos haciendo que los demás se equivoquen o equivocándonos nos otros mismos
Manejar una crisis emocional lleva a una mayor sabiduría y resulta beneficioso de por vida………Uno de losbeneficios de una crisis vital es una mayor auto-consciencia. La
situación es abrumadora, y nos vemos obligados a detener todos nuestros divertimentos, dar un buen vistazo a nuestra situación vital, y volver a evaluar
nuestras creencias, metas, valores y dirección en la vida ……….de tal manera que la dolencia
puede considerarse como un mensaje que el Yo
Superior pone en nuestro camino para que hagamos alto
y recapacitemos, principalmente al objeto de
replantearnos lo que esta
mos haciendo con nuestra
vida. La enfermedad es una señal sutil de peligro, que
nos advierte de que algo va mal y debe ser corregido ……Bastaría con que fuésemos capaces de escuchar esta
sabiduría interior que reside en cada uno de
nosotros, para ser capaces de superar aquellos
obstáculos autoimpuestos y convertirnos en seres más
felices, más sanos y más próximos a la plenitud
Cuando la enfermedad se presenta, simplemente es señal de que tenemos limitado el flujo natural de la energía vivificante a través de nuestros cuerpos multidimensionales. La salud y el bienestar son reflejo del flujo normal, libre de trabas, de las energías vibracionales
superiores a través del cuerpo/mente/espíritu.
gracias Howard por tu apoyo incondicional y un cariñoso saludo a todos mis compañeros de viaje
Every experience in life, no matter how “tragic” it contains a lesson. Thus, the events of life are opportunities for growth
expand, experiment and develop ……. Passing through a life crisis, we become more human, more compassionate, better accept things and become more understanding toward ourselves and toward others. We no longer have to satisfy making other mistake or being wrong others we ourselves. Handling an emotional crisis leads to greater wisdom and beneficial for life ……… One of benefits of life crisis is a greater self-awareness. the
situation is overwhelming, and we are forced to stop all our amusements, take a good look at our life situation and re-evaluate our belief, goals, values ………. life direction such that the condition can be considered as a message that the Superior standing in our way to make and reflect and, mainly in order to rethink what it is we doing with our life. The disease is a subtle warning sign that warns us that something is wrong and must be corrected …… Suffice to us to be able to hear this inner wisdom that resides in each of us to be able to overcome those self-imposed obstacles and become beings more happier, healthier and closer to the fullness
spiritual. When the disease occurs, it is simply a sign that we have limited the natural flow of life-giving energy through our multidimensional bodies. Health and wellness are a reflection of the normal flow, unfettered, vibrational energies through higher mind / spirit / body. Howard thanks for your unconditional support and warm wishes to all my fellow travelers
These are very deep and insightful concepts. I so appreciate you sharing, Jimmy. It helps to see benefits and possible reasons for what we are encountering in our recovery process. God bless you!
Gracias Pat , Este es uno de los grandes poderes de los grupos de autoayuda.
En algunos grupos de auto-ayuda, a esto se le llama “pasar el rato con los triunfadores” .
La ventaja aquí está en el nivel psíquico de la conciencia, y se produce una transferencia de energía positiva y re-iluminación de alguna de las propias formas latentes del pensamientos positivo, y todos ustedes son unos triunfadores de donde yo estoy tomando aprendizaje , gracias a toda nuestra comunidad Dios los bendiga.
Thanks Pat, this is one of the great powers of self-help groups.
Some self-help groups, this is called “hang out with the winners.”
The advantage here is on the psychic level of consciousness, and a transfer of positive energy and re-lighting some of their own latent forms of positive thoughts occurs, and you are all winners about where I’m taking learning through all God bless our community.
I have had Parkinson’s for 10 years and I have just found this site..? You have provided me the best info on Parkinson’s I read to date….It looks fantastic to me… Well done
Welcome aboard Ray ! Howard is the best 🙂
I was diagnosed with PD a few weeks ago, but had some symptoms for several years.
Being a martial arts practioner, I regularly dabbed in taiji and qigong, but not in a very disciplined manner. Perhaps the slow development of my symptoms have to do with doing these exercises. This wonderful blog made me realize that I need to get back on track. I feel wonderfully empowered by all the posts and comments. Thank you, your beautiful people!
Wow thank you Howard all those exercises explained so clearly is a great help. What wonderful insightful posts from everyone here. I thank you all for your encouragement and inspiration. Love Helen
Thankyou Debbie for the quote! It is very powerful and meaningful! Another quote that I repeat often is,” Triumph is often nearest when defeat seems inescapable”!
I love it. Thanks !
I am new to this site. I was diagnosed 10 months ago. I was on sinemet and am now off of it. I have been doing the parts of the recipe that I am able to do. Is that OK? I hang on your every word and I really need all the support and encourgement I have found on this site. Thank you all for your comments and good wishes.
Hi Janet. Welcome to the blog. Yes, that is great.
Here is a reduced version of the Recipe that may assist you as well, https://www.fightingparkinsonsdrugfree.com/2016/10/30/fighting-parkinsons-and-my-30-day-challenge-2016/.