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This website is operated by NYMMA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and advancing information about compassionate care treatments available through New York’s Compassionate Care Act.  The website is purely educational and aims to help individuals make informed decisions about compassionate care treatments.

Alternative Parkinson’s Disease Treatment

Alternative Parkinson’s disease treatments are available through New York’s Compassionate Care Program and can significantly relieve Parkinson’s symptoms.

Symptoms Treated with Compassionate Care

Tremor, slowed movements, stiffness and abnormal movements are all reported to improve in many patients with Parkinson’s treated with compassionate care.

How to get a medical card

The process starts by seeing a physician who understands your symptoms and is qualified to certify you for a medical card. The medical card can be used to get alternative treatment at a New York State approved dispensary.

Pain in Parkinson’s Disease

Up to 85% of individuals experience chronic pain that may be related to Parkinson’s disease. Surprisingly, Parkinson’s related pain is often goes untreated.

About Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s is a disease of movement resulting from degeneration of the brain’s dopamine producing areas. Patients usually experience improvement to slowed movement, tremor, and stiffness from medical treatments that increase dopamine. 

Qualifying for Treatment

When conventional treatments have been used for Parkinson’s but you continue to experience symptoms, you may qualify for compassionate care treatment. Treatment can help to improve symptoms of tremor, slowed movement or bradykinesia, stiffness or rigidity. It may also help Parkinson’s related pain.

Supervising Treatment and Follow Up

Treatment with compassionate care treatment should always be supervised by a qualified physician. This will help ensure the benefits of treatment are realized and the risks of side effects are reduced.

AvatarAbout the author: Dr. Michael Morgenstern is a double board certified neurologist and expert on alternative treatments available through the NY Compassionate Care Program. He is founder of NYMMA and has helped hundreds of patients with compassionate care treatments in Manhattan, Queens and Long Island. This website is part of a non-profit, the NYMMA that is set up to educate you about compassionate care treatments. It does not provide any services or products. Click here to learn more about our organization or feel free to contact us by email or phone.


The NYMMA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving and advancing compassionate care treatment in New York. NYMMAs aims to:

  • Increase awareness about compassionate care treatments
  • Publish content to inform patients about the benefits and risks of compassionate care
  • Educate physicians about the best practices for compassionate care
  • Collaborate with other groups to create publications that help patients, physicians and organizations to navigate complex rules and regulations related to compassionate care

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