Multiple Sclerosis aka MS: Homeopathic and Acupuncture Treatment

Multiple sclerosis treatment

Multiple sclerosis treatment is a real challenge. There’s currently no cure for multiple sclerosis (MS), but it’s possible to treat the symptoms with medicines and other treatments. Multiple sclerosis treatment depends on the specific symptoms and difficulties the person has.

It may include:

  • Treating relapses of MS symptoms (with steroid medicine)
  • Treating specific MS symptoms
  • Treatment of Multiple sclerosis to reduce the number of relapses (disease-modifying therapies)

MS - allopathic treatment

There is a vast amount of MS treatments currently on the market that range from the beta interferons used to treat relapsing-remitting MS to many different types of medications aimed at treating symptoms such as tremors, bladder problems, pain, and anxiety.

The most common MS treatments are those used to treat relapsing-remitting and secondary-progressive MS. Relapsing-remitting MS is mainly treated with beta-interferon 1a or 1b or glutamate acetate. There is an increasing interest in using natural cures for MS, such as home remedies, yoga, and homeopathy, which are thought to be helpful.

MS - Drug treatment

There is no cure for multiple sclerosis, but it is possible to have a proven plan to help your body control the disease’s symptoms. Many sufferers have rid themselves of the paralyzing effects of this disease. Best of all, the natural cure for MS does not involve expensive medication or the unwanted side effects of medication treatments.

What is MS?

MS, or multiple sclerosis, is a medical condition that affects various parts of the human body, just as the name implies. This condition causes lesions in the patient’s brain and spinal cord. Due to the brain’s central and sensitive role in the body, MS can cause any symptom to be seen in a patient. The symptoms shown depend on the part of the brain where the lesion develops.

Multiple sclerosis is a disease that’s hard to treat because it manifests differently in each patient. The symptoms vary from patient to patient, affecting various body systems simultaneously. With the aid of modern diagnostic imaging, diagnosing multiple sclerosis has become more accurate. Conversely, the treatment of multiple sclerosis has not been as effective. This has kept patients on repeat doctor visits and taking several medications, yielding not-so-impressive results. 

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder involving abnormal immune system activity, which turns against healthy body cells instead of fighting against intruding infectious agents. In the case of patients with multiple sclerosis, nerve cells are the body cells that the immune system primarily targets. The autoimmune response of the body doesn’t destroy nerve cells directly; the dysfunctional immune system produces antibodies that destroy myelin, a protein that wraps around the cells of the nervous system, facilitating communication between the central nervous system (CNS—brain and spinal cord) and peripheral nerves, and vice versa.

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Multiple sclerosis involves damage to the nerve cells, destroying myelin, a substance that normally covers neurons. Myelin is vital in transmitting nerve impulses throughout the body and establishing connections between neighboring nerve cells. When the layers of myelin are affected, nervous impulses travel at reduced speed between neurons, and the body cannot adequately respond to external stimuli.

An estimated number of over 2 million people worldwide suffer from multiple sclerosis, while in the United States, the disease affects around 350,000 people. For some reason, multiple sclerosis predominantly affects the female gender. Although the disease can also be developed in men, multiple sclerosis is prevalent in women. Another exciting characteristic of multiple sclerosis is that it commonly affects young people. The disease has the highest incidence in people between 20 and 40, rarely affecting the elderly.

Note: Without proper treatment, MS can cause a variety of disabilities and sometimes death.

MS Symptoms

As stated earlier, MS shares symptoms with an extensive list of diseases. Symptoms such as pain, weakness, depression, sleeping difficulty, anxiety, dizziness, and urinary problems are noticeable. Acupuncture has proven to be effective in improving this condition.

MS - symptoms

MS symptoms are diversified and can be perceived in different body regions. Most patients have individualized symptoms of multiple sclerosis, which tend to occur in episodes or “flares.” The evolution of multiple sclerosis is unpredictable, alternating between stages of remission and relapse. Most people with multiple sclerosis experience intermittent, recidivating symptoms that amplify in the stages of recurrence.

Because the symptoms of multiple sclerosis are various and, at certain stages of the disease, unspecific, multiple sclerosis can’t be diagnosed based only on clinical manifestations. Multiple sclerosis is usually diagnosed through laboratory tests, blood analyses, and elaborate neurological examinations.

Common, generalized symptoms of multiple sclerosis are:

  • Pronounced fatigue
  • Body weakness
  • Sensations of tingling
  • Burning, pain
  • Itching and numbness of the muscles
  • Loss of dexterity
  • Uncoordinated body movement.

Symptoms of MS in women

MS - symptoms in women

Symptoms of MS in women are related to hormone levels

Symptoms of MS in men

MS - symptoms in men

Depending on the location and extent of inflammation-related nerve damage, MS symptoms in men can vary.

  • Trouble with speech and swallowing
  • Sexual problems
  • Bowel and bladder changes
  • Effect on the brain and nerves

Other physical symptoms of multiple sclerosis are:

  • Decreased vision
  • Loss of mobility
  • Shaking
  • Spasms
  • Tremors
  • Poor balance
  • Dizziness

In later stages of the disease, MS symptoms can include partial paralysis and renal and gastrointestinal dysfunctions.

What causes MS?

What causes MS is not known. Scientists believe a combination of factors triggers MS. Understanding what causes MS will speed the process of finding more effective ways to treat it, ultimately cure it, or even prevent it from occurring in the first place. Listed below are possible MS causes

What causes MS

Immunologic Factors

This is one of the causes of MS; an abnormal immune response causes inflammation and damage in the CNS. Many different cells are involved in the abnormal immune response.

Environmental Factors

Although the cause of MS is not known, more is being learned about environmental factors that contribute to the risk of developing MS. There is no single risk factor that provokes MS. Still, several factors are believed to contribute to the overall risk, like smoking, obesity, and a lack of vitamin D, among others.

Infectious factors

Many viruses and bacteria, including measles, canine distemper, human herpes virus-6, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), and Chlamydia pneumonia, are causes of MS.

Unproven theories

There have been many theories suggested and researched as possible causes of MS, but many do not have enough evidence to support whether they may be a cause of MS. Some of these theories are:

  • Environmental allergies
  • Exposure to household pets
  • Exposure to heavy metals: mercury (including mercury amalgam tooth fillings), lead, or manganese.
  • Organic (chemical) solvents

A natural treatment for Multiple sclerosis

Natural treatment for Multiple sclerosis is one of the best treatments for MS that has been proven effective with no side effects. Listed below is a Natural treatment for MS

Yoga for multiple sclerosis treatment

Practicing yoga for multiple sclerosis can help manage everyday tasks that include balancing to stand or walk, strengthening and alignment for standing up and sitting down on a chair, toilet, or bed, and core strength for everything you do. The relaxing benefits of yoga for multiple sclerosis may also help manage the unique challenges of MS.

MS - Yoga

“Yoga is relatively inexpensive, generally safe, and one of the best natural remedies for multiple sclerosis. It may potentially improve multiple sclerosis symptoms. A recent study found that yoga for MS decreased fatigue. Other studies on MS and other medical conditions have reported improved anxiety, depression, fatigue, bladder function, pain, spasticity, weakness, and walking.

Yoga for multipple sclerosis

For general health, yoga may improve arthritis pain, reduce blood pressure, and promote weight loss. The effects of yoga on these conditions may secondarily benefit those with MS because these conditions may worsen disability and lower quality of life in those with MS.

Diet – an essential part of multiple sclerosis treatment

The multiple sclerosis diet is one natural remedy for multiple sclerosis that is believed to help control and possibly eliminate many of the disease’s symptoms. This can help slow the disease’s progression. While you should check with a doctor for specific suggestions or guidelines, there are some essential tips for a multiple sclerosis diet.

Diet

A key factor in a healthy multiple sclerosis diet is eliminating all gluten. You should avoid eating anything with flour, but you can check package ingredients if unsure of their content. Besides the multiple sclerosis diet, many diets do not allow gluten, so it is now easily found in many packages. Avoiding wheat, barley, oats, or rye is another way to cut gluten.

You should limit or avoid animal fats, including dairy products and margarine, for a successful multiple sclerosis diet. Olive oil, sunflower oil, and safflower oil are suitable alternatives for cooking or salads. For good digestion, you should try to avoid fried foods in general. Avoid highly saturated fats in your Multiple Sclerosis diet. The best choices are white meat, skinless chicken, seafood, and fish. Make sure to remove any fat altogether. Try to replace the saturated fats you cut out with unsaturated fats.

Anyone, especially those on a multiple sclerosis diet, should try eliminating refined sugar. There are many healthier alternatives. Honey, fructose, or natural unsweetened fruit or vegetable juices would be ideal for a person on a Multiple Sclerosis diet. Any foods you are allergic to should be cut from your Multiple Sclerosis diet. If you are unsure of allergies, consult a doctor or specialist. You may also try eliminating all the most common problem foods from your diet and, after two weeks, bringing them back one at a time. If you react badly to any food, you should eliminate it from your Multiple Sclerosis diet.

These tips for improving your Multiple Sclerosis diet will help you control many common problems, such as fatigue, incontinence, and constipation. Adjusting your Multiple Sclerosis diet may also help avoid worsening other issues. Many of these tips are included in different diets, and even people without special dietary needs may benefit from following these suggestions.

Other dietary supplements may include:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids are in capsule form or consumed by fish (anti-oxidant properties help prevent further damage to brain tissues and cells).
  • Flaxseed (linseed oil) is also high in omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed is also abundant in lignans (a chemical compound found in plants that acts as antioxidants) that help develop brain cells by assisting them to stay strong and healthy.
  • Oats (Avena) are high in calcium, which helps the nervous system stay strong and healthy and helps the nerves and muscles relax.
  • Beetroot is believed to have a high folic acid content and anti-oxidant properties that help regenerate body cells.

Herbs: a helpful natural approach to multiple sclerosis treatment

Herbs for MS also serve as a natural treatment for multiple sclerosis and have proven effective. Listed below are herbs for MS:

Ginger

  • Ginger is a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory that can reduce the inflammation around the nerves and muscles that cause the stiffness and physical pain common with MS.

Dandelion

  • Dandelion is a good substitute for coffee and can help people feel less exhausted from the physical pain associated with MS symptoms.

Chamomile

  • Like ginger, chamomile can ease tension and relax muscles by reducing inflammation. Because of its relaxing tendencies, many patients drink it as tea. This can be especially effective if physical pain prevents you from sleeping all night.

Homeopathy for MS – #1 natural multiple sclerosis treatment

Homeopathy for MS is one of the natural cures for MS. The aim is not only to treat the symptoms of multiple sclerosis but also to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility.

Homeopathic-treatment for Multipple Sclerosis

Regarding homeopathy for MS, several well-proven homeopathy medicines are available for treating symptoms of multiple sclerosis. These medicines can be selected based on cause, sensations, modalities, and the extension of complaints.

Listed below are homeopathic remedies for MS

Causticum

  • Homeopathic remedy for MS with chronic paralytic affections indicated by tearing, drawing pains, and severe weakness.

Gelsemium

  • It centers its action on the nervous system and brain, thus causing varying degrees of motor paralysis. General prostration with dizziness, dullness, trembling, and drowsiness. Paralysis of various groups of muscles in the eyes, throat, larynx, extremities, etc.

Phosphorus

  • This homeopathic remedy for MS produces softening and atrophy of the brain and spinal cord, causing marked prostration, trembling, numbness, and complete paralysis.

Conium

  • It is an excellent homeopathic remedy for old-age problems of weakness, languor, local congestion, and loss of strength. It corresponds to debility, urinary troubles, weakened memory, and eye troubles.

Plumbum metallicum

  • This is an excellent homeopathic remedy for multiple sclerosis for sclerotic conditions that cause paralysis chiefly of the extensor, forearm, or upper limb from the center to the periphery with partial anesthesia or excessive hyperesthesia preceded by pain.

Note: Considering all these factors listed above, the homeopathic remedy may be indicated and helpful in the case of multiple sclerosis.

Efficacy of Acupuncture for MS Treatment

Acupuncture is an ancient medical practice that treats each patient as unique. When using acupuncture to treat MS, patients are given a unique treatment. Using a tongue and pulse diagnosis, an acupuncturist can identify parts of the patient experiencing energy blockage. To release the free flow of energy in this part, the acupuncturist identifies corresponding points of the body that match an area experiencing a blockage. This reduces the frequency and intensity of the symptoms of MS.

Acupuncture

Using a sterile, disposable needle to administer acupuncture treatment is essential to prevent transmitting a blood-borne disease to another person. People with damaged hearts also risk infection when they receive acupuncture treatment. Patients with pacemakers risk heart rhythm abnormalities, while patients with bleeding disorders risk bruising or bleeding complications. The same goes for moxibustion in asthma patients.

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis That Acupuncture Can Help

Various symptoms that multi-sclerosis patients experience can prompt them to seek medical attention from an acupuncturist. These symptoms are diverse and vary from patient to patient. Getting acupuncture treatment will improve the lives of MS patients.

Cognitive Difficulties as symptoms of MS

Cognitive difficulties are a prominent symptom of MS, noticeable as the ability to concentrate reduces. It also affects memory, and such a patient finds it difficult to process information. Western medicine is limited in treating this, while acupuncture significantly improves.

Migraine Headaches 

MS patients experience nagging headaches, and acupuncture provides lasting relief from a migraine headache.

Fatigue accompanying Multiple Sclerosis

MS patients are always fagged out, even without doing anything demanding their physical energy. Acupuncture helps to tackle fatigue and return patients to vitality.

Numbness and Tingling 

Patients with multiple sclerosis frequently experience numbness and tingling in various parts of the body. Acupuncture offers great relief to such patients when acupuncture treatment is administered.

Acupuncture may not be a permanent cure for multiple sclerosis, but it has been a source of relief for patients with various symptoms. Consulting a qualified acupuncturist can save you the pain and stress that come with MS, and this professional will be able to administer the best treatment that soothes the symptoms shown by the patient.

Another effective method of treatment for multiple sclerosis is homeopathy. At the Philadelphia Holistic Clinic, part of the Philadelphia Addiction Clinic, Dr. Victor Tsan treats MS with acupuncture and homeopathy.

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