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What Is Huntington s Disease?

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Dr. Radhika A (Md) 89% (13 ratings)
MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi  •  13 years experience
What Is Huntington s Disease?

What is Huntington’s disease?

Huntington’s disease (HD) is an inherited disease that causes certain nerve cells in the brain to break down. Nerve cells become damaged, causing various parts of the brain to deteriorate.
 

Symptoms of Huntington’s disease-

  • Uncontrollable movements
  • Clumsiness
  • Lack of emotion
  • Concentration problems
  • Lapses in short-term memory
  • Depression
  • Mood changes
  • Behavioral problems
  • Seizures
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Muscle rigidity
  • Slow or abnormal eye movements

Causes of Huntington’s disease-

It is caused by an inherited defect in a single gene.
 

Risk factors of Huntington’s disease-

Family history of the condition
 

Complications of Huntington’s disease-

  • Suicide
  • Confined to a bed
  • Death 

Diagnosis of Huntington’s disease-

Diagnosis of Huntington’s disease involves the following tests:

  • Physical exam
  • Family medical history
  • Neurological examination
  • Psychiatric evaluation
  • MRI and CT scan of the brain
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG)
  • Genetic counseling and testing
  • Predictive genetic test

Precautions & Prevention of Huntington’s disease

  • Genetic counseling is advised if there is a family history of Huntington’s disease.
  • Genetic counseling is recommended for couples with a family history of this disease who are considering having children.

Treatment of Huntington’s disease

  • Homeopathic Treatment of Huntington’s disease
  • Acupuncture & Acupressure Treatment of Huntington’s disease
  • Psychotherapy Treatment of Huntington’s disease
  • Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Huntington’s disease
  • Surgical Treatment of Huntington’s disease
  • Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Huntington’s disease
  • Other Treatment of Huntington’s disease

Treatment of Huntington’s disease- 

  • Homeopathic Treatment of Huntington’s Disease-

Homeopathy relieves both physical and psychological complaints. It treats the person as a whole. Treatment is constitutional. It means that homeopathic treatment focuses on the patient as a person, as well as his pathological condition. It balances the energy system, improves immunity and body functions. It naturally cures the root cause of disorder. Some of the homeopathic medicines that can be used for treatment of Huntington’s disease are:

  • Nat C
  • Nat M
  • Gels
  • Caps
  • Carb V
  • Agar

 

  • Acupuncture and Acupressure Treatment of Huntington’s disease-

Acupuncture improves the physiological function of the organs and organ system.In acupuncture therapist will first diagnose the case on the basis of energy system or chi blockage as well as on the basis of status of five elements. On this basis certain disease specific acupoints are selected and stimulated. 

 

  • Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Treatment of Huntington’s disease-

Psychotherapy Treatment of Huntington’s disease helps a person to manage behavioral problems, develop coping strategies, manage expectations during progression of the disease and facilitate effective communication among family members.

  • Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Huntington’s disease

Allopathic Treatment of Huntington’s disease includes the following medications:

  • Antipsychotic drugs
  • Antidepressants
  • Mood-stabilizing drugs
  • Antiseizure drugs

 

  • Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Huntington’s disease-
  1. Drink fruit and vegetable juices.
  2. Add extra calories to foods
  3. Avoid drinking fluids with your meals

 

  • Other Treatment of Huntington’s disease-

Exercise helps alleviate both the emotional and physical consequences of Huntington’s disease.

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