MS is an autoimmune disease that targets the nervous system. It affects the coverings to nerve cells that can diminish nerve and brain function resulting in symptoms such as vision problems, tingling in extremities, weakness and pain. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease affecting over 400,000 people in the United States. Some of the more famous people with MS are Annette Funicello, Richard Pryor, Montel Williams and Ann Romney.
Mrs. Romney has sought out help with acupuncture. An estimated 20 to 25 percent of MS patients try out acupuncture for relief of their symptoms.
Acupuncture may provide relief for some MS-related symptoms, including pain, spasticity, numbness and tingling, bladder problems, and depression. There is no evidence, however, that acupuncture can reduce the frequency of MS exacerbations or slow the progression of disability. If acupuncture is used, it should be as an addition to, rather than as a substitute for, standard medical treatments, and should only be used after consultation with one’s physician. In addition, the treatment should be provided by a licensed acupuncture provider. The medical professionals at Active Health are fully licensed to perform acupuncture therapy, their holistic approach to care often include diet modification, homeopathic and nutritional supplements, massage therapy and chiropractic care to help support the various symptoms of MS.
Acupuncture treatment for multiple sclerosis focuses on treating symptoms as they arise. While Traditional Chinese Medicine and holistic treatments cannot cure multiple sclerosis, it provides an important complementary adjunct to your current medical treatment.