I am caregiver to an illiterate woman in her 70s. The problem started with night time urinary incontinence. When all possible treatment failed, she was referred to a neurologist who diagnosed Parkinsons. By then, fine tremor was becoming noticeable in one of the arms. Before then, the arthritis of the knee which she had mad us put walking difficulties to that arthritis which has given her a k-leg.
She was placed on some drugs but the reactions were so bad that she had to discontinue. It was like the drugs accelerated her symptoms. Although she had suffered TIA before, she soon suffered another one. Every little exertion causes her to become moody and weak. Sometimes she hallucinates.
I came across velvet beans and ordered a bottle of its capsule from herbal healer. Each cap is said to contain 120mg of L-dopa. I have just asked from the neutologist if it is ok for her to take it. He said he know nothing about alternative treatment. Right now, she is not on any Parkinsons drug. She takes mostly supplements. I desire that she starts on velvet beans caps but I am worried about the 120mg of L-dopa in the capsule. Is it not too much? I want to draw from the experience of those who had taken it before. I mean L-Dopa derived from velvet beans.
Please help me if you have any experience along this line.