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The History of Parkinson's Disease

Researchers don't know exactly when Parkinson's disease was first "discovered," but there is evidence that medical scientists have been treating Parkinson's for thousands of years.

Symptoms and possible treatments for Parkinson's disease are discussed in Ayurveda, an ancient Indian medical practice that has been around since as early as 5000 BC. And a condition like Parkinson's disease was mentioned in Nei Jing, which was the first Chinese medical text to appear, more than 2,500 years ago.

James Parkinson's Role in the History of Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Treatment Then and Now

The Future of Parkinson's Disease Treatment

Researchers are continuously working on ways to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease, restore lost functioning, and help prevent the disease from developing in the first place. Parkinson's research has made tremendous progress over the last couple of decades, and researchers are hopeful about the future. Therapies that may soon be available include transplanting healthy dopamine-producing tissues into the brain and using medications to prevent dopamine-producing brain cells from becoming lost or damaged.

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