Insomnia is a common Parkinson’s disease complication, with between 70% and 95% of Parkinson’s sufferers affected. Symptoms such as tremors, stiffness, pain, and restless leg syndrome can all impair sleep quality. Also, common Parkinson’s disease medications (e.g., levodopa) have a stimulatory effect and can cause sleep problems if taken late in the evening.
In this study a combination scalp acupuncture and herbal medicine were used to treat Parkinson’s related insomnia. A total of 50 patients were recruited.
Using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), which rates subjective sleep quality, sleep duration, and sleep disturbances, patients demonstrated significant improvements in sleep following treatment The greatest improvements in sleep were gained with the combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine rather that herbal medicine alone.
The ‘Herbal Clinic’ in Swansea provides natural healthcare with the use of organic herbs, acupuncture and iridology.