Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, auto-immune disease that destroys the myelin sheath around nerve cells, primarily attacking cells of the brain and spinal cord. Statistics indicate that this debilitating disease is on the rise, but it is possible that the higher numbers reflect an increased ability to diagnose MS, rather than an actual higher disease rate.
Although more cases of MS are being diagnosed, early signs such as double vision, fatigue and muscle weakness are vague, and could be symptoms of a number of diseases. Unfortunately, even when MS is diagnosed, there is no treatment for it. A number of drugs are being used to control or minimize symptoms, but most are not consistently effective. While conventional Western medicine continues to search for ways to diagnose and treat MS, Chinese medicine can be extra useful as an alternative method for managing symptoms. In my experience, traditional Chinese medicine can reduce flare-ups, reduce disease progression, and improve quality of life for MS sufferers.
In traditional Chinese medicine, we classified the MS into the pattern of Phlegm/Dampness Blocking the Meridians, Blood Stasis in the Meridians and Kidney/Liver Deficiency. We use Chinese herb and acupuncture to open the meridians and stagnation. and also to nourish the kidney and liver. Different patient receive different therapy according to the root cause after being diagnosed.
According to the researches and clinical experiences, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are effective modalities to control the progress and reduce the discomfort of MS is based on the positive results we have experienced in recent years.