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Ear Stimulation Reduces Parkinson's Symptoms

Monday, August 12, 2019
A study was published in 2016, explaining the benefits of Ear stimulation for Parkinson's Patients.

Caloric Vestibular Stimulation or CVS is a form of neuro-modulation that was administered to a 70 yr old man with Parkinson's disease. An at home portable device was used that discharged time varying thermal waveforms via a headset.

After using the device twice a day for 20 minutes over 3 months, the man experienced a 50% reduction in both motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease for about 5 months, even after the treatment stopped.

This spurred further research and a double blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study was performed and recently published. 

33 individuals with Parkinson's disease took part in the study, and received either the CVS treatment or a placebo, 2 times a day for 8 weeks. Those who received the active CVS treatment experienced more reductions in motor and non-motor symptoms, than the individuals who received the placebo.

Some of the other benefits individuals experienced were; improvements in decision-making, memory, mood and sleep. These benefits lasted approximately 24 weeks after the end of the treatment.

The best part of this treatment was the lack of safety concerns, and the absence of any serious adverse events for the participants. A majority of the subjects had a largely positive experience and were grateful for the relief.

Based on the findings ear stimulation looks like an effective and safe way for Parkinson's patients to get relief from their symptoms with out even having to leave home. Many of the researchers believe that the device works because it may help to synchronize neural activity.
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