Healing

There are many forms of healing. Most healers believe they are channelling energy which exists around us. This energy helps repair and re-establish balance in the aura around a person and through that can affect changes at a physiological, psychological or spiritual level.

No healer can guarantee to cure illness, but healing can help to restore a feeling of calm and well being, relieve pain and improve functions.However for the most part this is short term and there is perhaps a kind of placebo affect concerned with the person being healed believing in the power of the healer to help them.

The Confederation Healing Organisations represents 11 individual member organisations. Website www.confederation-of-healing-organisations.org tel 01584 876854 e-mail admin@the-cho.org.uk Diane Lyle Administrator, CHO, PO Box 163 LUDLOW SY8 9BU

Herbal Medicine

Many of today's modern drugs are based on plant constituents. Herbal medicines are made from the whole plant and a medical herbalist will build up picture of your total condition, and then prescribe specific herbs in tincture, fluid extract, capsule or tea form and may suggest dietary changes, exercises and other therapies to to help the healing process. Some herbs apparently can provide quick relief whilst others are slower acting. Caution should be exercised as some herbal medicines can have side effects or may conflict with your Parkinson's drugs. You should consult your Doctor before taking them.

National Institute of Medical Herbalists, Clover House, James Court, South Street, Exeter EX1 1EE e-mail info@nimh.org.uk Tel 01392 426022 Website www.nimh.org.uk

Homeopathy

Homeopathy works on the principle that ailments can be cured by giving a person small doses of a remedy that matches the symptoms they have. This stimulates the body's own healing power so that clears itself of the imbalance. Homeopathy has increasingly been used in the NHS and there are 6 homeopathic hospitals in the UK and about 1400 doctors of conventional medicine who practice homeopathy. Several homeopathic remedies may be suggested for Parkinson's, including: Argentum Nitricum for loss of muscle coordination, trembling and awkwardness; Causticum for Parkinson's with restless legs; Mercurius Vivis for Parkinson's that is worse at night, especially panic attacks; Zincum Metallicum for restlessness and depression, Cuprum for cramps.

The Homeopathic Medical Association

The HMA, 7 Darnley Road, Gravesend, Kent DA11 0RU Tel 01474 560336 website www.the-hma.org e-mail info@the-hma.org

Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy originated from the ancient Greek meaning 'healing water'. Generally the water's buoyancy is used to support, assist and resist movement, such as rolling and walking. These movements are repeated and increased. You work against the water's resistance and build up rhythmic patterns as they progress. There are psychological benefits in that the risk of falling is minimised and many people find water calming. Most sessions involve floatation aids. It is particularly useful for Parkinson's as the water's buoyancy partially suspending the body, gives support to weak muscles and allows painful limbs to be moved. In addition water resistance produces greater results from stengthening and rotational exercises and warm water itself brings relaxation and pain relief. Some Parkinson's drugs can cause low blood pressure and warm water can cause alterations to blood pressure so caution is advised if you are taking drugs with those known side effects. There is no register of Hydrotherapists, but you can contact

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, 14 Bedford Row, London WC1R 4ED Website www.csp.org.uk Tel 0207 306 6666 e-mail enquiries@csp.org.uk

They have a special page on their website titled Aquatic Therapy, with a specialist contact - Mike Mayn Tel 01205 445359 e-mail

mikemayn@talktalk.net

Hypnotherapy

Hynotherapy can help relaxation and confidence, it may reduce anxiety and panic attacks. It is both a gentle and relatively short term treatment. It is not suitable for severe depression and you should only see a trained and experienced practitioner who is registered.

National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists NRHP 1st Floor, 18 Carr Road, Nelson, Lancashire BB9 7JS

Tel 01282 716 839 Tel: 0800 161 382 e-mail admin@nrhp.co.uk Website www.nrhp.co.uk