A Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Clinic
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Natural Therapies - Acupuncture & Herbal Remedies
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain
and spinal cord are damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to
communicate, resulting in a wide range of symptoms.
Some common symptoms are:
- Weakness, tingling and/or numbness
- Spasticity, tremors and gait disturbance
- Speech problems
- Visual problems
- Digestive disturbances and incontinence
- Stress, anxiety and depression
In the biomedical approach, oral or intravenous steroids are often used to treat the acute symptoms of MS.
This treatment, however, produces undesirable side effects and is not always effective.
Oriental medicine posits a 40 percent chance of success with treatment that is positive and better than a
zero percent prognosis by Western doctors. In some cases, this edge can take the patient to the point of
remission, and in others to that of management of the illness' symptoms, much akin to a pain management
protocol, to the point the patient can cope with many of the symptoms of MS (Abbate, 2003).
Chinese medicine including acupuncture and herbal medicine is perceived not only as effective, but also as
milder and causing fewer adverse side-effects. Chinese medicine views disease from a holistic perspective,
seeking a root cause for varied symptoms. Further, according to Chinese medicine, patients with similar
presenting symptoms may have different underlying imbalances requiring individualized approaches to
treatment. From this perspective, each case of MS could theoretically be linked to a different root cause,
and treated as such.
We observed that acupuncture and herbal medicine in combination provide effective treatment of MS
symptoms. Acupuncture is more an art form than a science. The practitioner's intention, awareness and
experience are considered to be extremely important in the effectiveness of treatment. In clinical practice,
MS patients with similar symptoms showed different underlying patterns of disharmony, based on tongue
and pulse. We found the following underlying patterns are common in the patients of our clinic.
- Liver and Kidney Yin deficiency causing interior Liver Wind
- Liver, Spleen and Kidney Qi and Yin deficiency, empty Heat causing interior Wind
- Spleen and Kidney Qi and Yin deficiency causing accumulation of turbid dampness
- Liver wind agitating
The power of Chinese medicine is in a personalized treatment. Therefore A comprehensive consultation is
a must in order to find what your individual under pattern condition is and then decide what acu-points to
select and what herbs to mix to create thee right customized acupuncture treatment and herbal remedy.