About 400,000 people in the U.S. suffer with multiple sclerosis (MS). The effects are often widespread and debilitating and it can significantly reduce a person’s lifespan. Unfortunately, the cause of MS is not known, and there is no known cure. Instead, drugs are used to try to manage the symptoms. Studies have shown Acupuncture to improve the quality of life for those who have MS but, according to a new case study, Acupuncture may even put MS into remission.
It is believed that MS is an autoimmune disease. Instead of defending the body from bacteria, viruses and other pathogens, autoimmune diseases cause the immune system to perceive parts of the body as invaders and to try to get rid of them.
With MS, the part of the body perceived as an invader is the myelin sheath – an insulating layer of fat and protein that covers the core of a nerve fiber and facilitates the transmission of nerve impulses . Almost always, this involves only the nerves in the brain and spinal column.
As the deterioration progresses, the symptoms get worse. They often start with vision problems – blurring, color distortion, pain in the eyes, or blindness in one eye. The visual symptoms may go away but are then followed by others:
– Limb weakness – which may include problems with coordination
– Muscle spasms
– Prickling pain
– Loss of sensation
– Speech impediments
– Inability to focus
– Memory loss
– Impaired judgment
– Emotional symptoms like mood swings (sometimes extreme) or paranoia
– Dysfunction of the sexual organs, bowel and bladder
– As you can see, MS is not easy to live with.
Earlier studies have shown that Acupuncture can relieve many of the symptoms/side effects – even six months after treatment.
But the current case study showed that a patient’s MS not only went into remission, but was still in remission at the time the study was published – 26 months after treatment. The patient had had MS for 20 years, and only 16 Acupuncture treatments to the scalp were required to produce these results.
If you know of someone suffering from MS, referral to an acupuncturist may be just what they need.
Source: Continuing Education Online, http://www.healthcmi.com/index.php/acupuncturist-news-online/676-scalpacupuncturemsremission