Natural and Alternative Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Treatment Options

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Treatment {introduction}

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that is characterized by the progressive breakdown in communication between the brain and the rest of the body. MS is most likely the result of an auto immune abnormality, which causes the body to attack myelin, a fatty substance that covers and insulates the nerve cell fibers in the brain and spinal cord. Myelin aids in the smooth, efficient transmission of messages between the brain and spinal cord, and the rest of the body. When it becomes damaged or lost, the messages are delayed or become blocked, leading to reduced function in affected areas.
Early symptoms of MS typically present between ages 20 and 40, and include prickling sensation or numbness in the extremities (paresthesia), impaired vision, and coordination problems. As the disease progresses, other symptoms may include muscle weakness, impaired balance, difficulty concentrating, impaired judgment, urinary incontinence, constipation, vertigo, tremor, and others. These symptoms occur in episodes, which vary in duration and severity, and are separated by periods of remission.
Below are alternative and natural treatment options for multiple sclerosis (MS). Within this section you will find commonly used acupuncture and acupressure points, appropriate herbal formulas and a variety of information from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) perspectives to aid in the treatment of MS.

TCM Diagnostic Patterns Related to Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Listed below are Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnostic patterns that are commonly involved with this western medical condition/symptom. Properly applied, Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture and herbal medicine) treats patterns not individual symptoms/conditions which may better account for the range of symptoms often experienced by individuals. Pattern diagnosis/treatment is a crucial part of using Chinese Medicine for disease prevention instead of focusing on solely symptomatic treatments as is somewhat more common in western medicine. For more on this concept, please read What Does Acupuncture Treat? Or Treating the "Cause" and not the "Symptoms".

There are no tcm differential pattern diagnoses listed for this pattern at this time.

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Herbal Formulas

There are no herbal products listed for this condition at this time.

Acupuncture Treatment Protocols

Listed below are articles describing related TCM diagnoses and acupuncture treatment points. These generally require an understanding of basic TCM Theory, however, general readers may find the protocols illustrative of how Chinese Medicine views and treats this condition.

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Submitted Case Studies

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) related articles

Below are articles related to this condition submitted by our practitioner members. See our practitioner member section for all articles.

  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Tue, 12/18/2012 - 10:31am

    Encephalomyelitis is a general term for a number of conditions arising from inflammation in the brain and/or spinal cord.  Most notably these are multiple sclerosis (MS - "encephalomyelitis disseminata), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS - myalgic encephalomyelitis), along with many others.  The more we learn about the role of inflammation generally in modern health issues the more researchers are looking for wa

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    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Sun, 01/31/2010 - 5:25pm

    Here in the United States multiple sclerosis (MS) rates are on the rise, now near 1 in 1000 people. Globally nearly 2.5 million people are effected with MS. Western treatments offer mixed results with regards to symptomatic relief and prevention of further exacerbations. Acupuncture, Chinese medical massage (tuina), and various herbal formulas have been used for years with varying levels of success as well. For better or for worse, MS is a difficult to predict condition where symptoms can wax and wane at will and the range of severity of symptoms is quite broad.

Forum posts related to Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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    Submitted On Fri, 02/28/2014 - 7:16am
    Contributor ~ dcasinelli

    I've just started researching bee venom therapy for MS and haven't been able to find TCM based information. I'd love to hear from practioners with information about this modality that includes which points to use and (in TCM terms)...

    Comments on this post (1)

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    Submitted On Sat, 10/13/2012 - 9:37pm
    Contributor ~ Photon

    I had my first acupuncture Tx today. I have experienced other types of alternative healing methods and meditation prior.

    During the experience I had a strange feeling as if I could float of my body. That part is not too surprising to me,...

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    Submitted On Wed, 05/25/2011 - 6:21am
    Contributor ~ feax

    I am going to treat a customer with multiple sclerosis on an everyday basis for minimum 1 month. Should I make pay per session or pay per month deal with discount?  What are your criteria? How often do you usually treat a multiple...

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    Submitted On Sun, 08/22/2010 - 3:01am
    Contributor ~ klieft

    I have read your answers to similar question but my question still remains.

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  • Pinda's picture
    Submitted On Thu, 08/12/2010 - 1:07am
    Contributor ~ Pinda
    Hi, This is my first post - apologies if this question is not in the correct forum as it is more a general question. We have noticed that when the humidity level is high my wife is prone to spasms in her arms. At low humidity she is fine. I think...
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    Submitted On Sun, 08/01/2010 - 3:12am
    Contributor ~ klieft


    I treat a patient suffering with MS. We do make some progress with her body in total. Also her eye sight improved (according to her doctor her left eye improved from 20 to 40% sight) but nevertheless she needs stronger glasses...

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  • klieft's picture
    Submitted On Thu, 06/24/2010 - 3:41am
    Contributor ~ klieft

    I have a patient with Multiple Sclerosis (already 25 years). I do treat her with Shiatsu, half an hour per week. We made a lot of progress, that is to say,her right eye sight came from 20 tot 40%!. Also the pain in the lower back when rising in...

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    Submitted On Thu, 06/17/2010 - 9:38am
    Contributor ~ heloaf

    I have been to the community acupuncture a few times and felt like it helpd and enjoyed it.  I have a birthday coming up so I have suggested to friends that I would be interested in a private session for a gift.  I am the lady that has...

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    Acupuncture Points for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

    Below you will find acupuncture points relevant to this condition. The points listed below are by no means the only relevant points, rather we list empirical or commonly used points as well as those applicable to use with acupressure as a self-help remedy.

    Professional Practitioner Information

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    TCM Herbs and Formulas for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

    TCM Herbal Formulas for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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    Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

    Below you will find Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs relevant to this condition. See our TCM Herbal Database for more details.

    There are no tcm herbs listed for this condition at this time.

    Western Herbs and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Medical Information

    Western herbs for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

    Below you will find Western herbs relevant to this condition. See our Western Herbal Database for more details.

    There are no western herbs listed for this condition at this time.

    Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Western Medicine Information

    Below you will find general Western Medicine information relevant to this condition.