Acupuncture for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - Treatment Protocols

General Approaches

Acupuncture For Multiple Sclerosis (Ms) - Treatment Protocols

Acupuncture treatment protocols are generally directed towards the deeper root of a persons set of health issues, not at each individual issue. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, treatment is generally directed towards the individuals diagnostic pattern(s) and their primary issue is only a part of the information required to approach the correct patterns to treat (see "treating the cause vs. the symptoms" for an introduction to this process.).

In designing an acupuncture protocol for multiple sclerosis (ms), one might find one or a combination of the following patterns: kidney yin deficiency, liver and gallbladder damp heat, liver blood deficiency, phlegm stagnation, spleen qi deficiency among many other possibilities and possible combinations.

Below you will find some of the more common tcm diagnoses and acupuncture treatment protocols for multiple sclerosis (MS) and related issues. There are many ways to approach the treatment of this condition within TCM. Our presentation describes foundational approaches that would need to be further tailored in most cases to be effective for a given individual.

Acupuncture treatments for multiple sclerosis are performed according to each patients signs and symptoms. Multiple Sclerosis follows a loosely defined progression in most cases with periods of remission which vary greatly in duration. The stages Multiple Sclerosis may follow are as follows:

  • Stage I: MS symptoms usually begin with visual disturbances a/or a period of muscle weakness, this may clear up on its own or with treatment and the patient may not experience any more symptoms for an indeterminate duration.
  • Stage II: If MS is to progress to the next step it may cause obstruction in the channels of dampness, possibly with heat. A patient may experience this as stronger symptoms of muscular weakness, pain a/or numbness, urinary issues a/or further developments of visual disturbances.
  • Stage III: The Qi and Blood of the body begin to be effected at this level leading to more systemic issues such as fatigue, listlessness, poor appetite, muscle cramping a/or spasticity.
  • Stage IV: At this level the foundation of Yin and Yang in the body is greatly depleted. A patient may experience significant fatigue, more extreme urinary issues such as incontinence a/or increased severity of muscular issues possibly leading to atrophy.

The information on our site is drawn from our own lecture notes and clinical experience. The following lecture notes were consulted within this section:

  • St. John, Meredith: New England School of Acupuncture, Etiology and Pathology Lecture Notes
  • Valaskatgis, Peter: New England School of Acupuncture, Etiology and Pathology Lecture Notes

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