Natural Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis
Edited By Stephanie Dawson
Multiple sclerosis, more commonly known as MS, is a central nervous system disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. The disease was identified in the year 1868 for the first time and since then has been one of the most prevalent chronic diseases. Unfortunately there is no 100% successful treatment for MS, however some natural and herbal alternatives or adjuncts to prescription medicines may slow down the progress of the symptoms of this disease. Some natural remedies are mentioned below.
The best way to tackle MS symptoms is to make significant changes in your diet and add herbs that can help slow down the effects of this disease.
1. Agrimony is an herb that has many health benefits including properties such as antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative, and antiviral. Though there are no extensive studies available on this herb, studies conducted on animals show this herb’s effectiveness in combating the symptoms of MS.
2. Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic herb also known by other names like Withanin and somnifera. This herb is effective at alleviating problems like chronic pain, inflammation, frequent fatigue, stress, and anxiety. All these are symptoms of MS and using this herb may prove helpful.
3. Amrit kalash
This Ayurvedic herb is known for its immunity boosting abilities. Using this food supplement slows down the rate of central nervous system deterioration and makes the transfer of signals from brain to other parts of the body more efficient and faster. Various studies conducted on Amrit kalash show this herb is quite helpful in the alternative treatment of MS.
A common symptom of MS is bladder dysfunction. Cranberry has been used to cure urinary infections. It can be given to people with MS who have bladder disorders to improve their condition and slow down its progression.
1. Acupuncture– It’s a traditional Chinese therapy that makes use of the pressure points on our body for treatment. In this therapy needles are inserted into the skin of the suffering person at certain pressure points which brings back balance in the body energy. It’s effective in reducing chronic MS pain and relaxes muscle spasms.
2. Massage– Our skin has many nerve endings that respond when touched. Getting a massage soothes our skin and helps relax tense muscles. Massage is helpful for those with MS because it provides relief of muscle pain. There are various types of massage, the most effective are Swedish massage and shiatsu.
3. Stress management- MS often involves mood swings and emotional imbalance. Proper stress management techniques can help those with MS to get relaxed and avoid problems like depression and anxiety.
4. Yoga- Yoga is a gift of Indian tradition that is helpful for helping almost every disease including MS. It involves deep breathing which provides relaxation of muscle pain and relieves stress. It also improves bowel movements and helps prevent bladder dysfunction.
5. Grass walk- Some of the most common symptoms of MS are weakening of eyesight and dizziness. An interesting way to overcome this problem is to walk on green wet grass in the morning barefoot. This improves vision and keeps various sight-related problems away.
6. Regular exercise- Exercise is helpful in reducing MS symptoms. It helps keep away fatigue and energizes the body, it also helps to maintain a better nervous system and keeps the muscles flexible and free from pain.
These natural treatments should be brought to your doctor’s notice before utilizing and should only be used if they do not interfere with prescription medications.