The role of the Gut Microbiome and Inflammation in Parkinson’s

The common consensus around neurodegenerative disease is genetics and age determine all. In reality, cases of Parkinson’s disease are not directly inherited, and epigenetics instead can influence the risk of disease development. Environmental influences can alter gene expression, including exposure to toxins and poor diet and lifestyle. Functional Medicine can play a crucial role in slowing down the progress of neurodegenerative changes through optimising body and brain function.

The Murthy Clinic approach

Growing evidence showcases the role of the gut microbiome in the development and progression of Parkinson's disease. Certain changes in the microbiome can be responsible for onset of Parkinson’s symptoms, especially increased inflammation. Our gut microbiome is also responsible for the production of neurotransmitters such as dopamine. If the microbiome is compromised, these can become depleted which is a key finding with those suffering with Parkinson’s.

The Murthy clinic takes a rigorous approach to those with a family history of Parkinson’s and patients diagnosed with condition. Testing of the gut microbial status, inflammation and methylation is carried out, followed by a personal protocol. This includes everything from an individual dietary plan, lifestyle practices, nutritional supplements and Ayurvedic treatments. Together these work collectively to manage symptoms, slow down the progression of the disease and optimise physical and mental health

The role of Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine does not define a person by symptoms but rather understands that we are all bio-individual, there is no one-size fits all approach to healing, meaning your treatment path will be specifically tailored to you. In combining nutrition, lifestyle and mental health, the ultimate goal is to create a bullet-proof system that functions optimally. This is Why Dr Vijay Murthy incorporates Functional Medicine, rooted in science and Ayurveda, as both strive to get to the very root of the problem or disease.

Dr Vijay Murthy

The Murthy Clinic

Harley Street Dr Limited

23 Harley Street