Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies for multiple sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - BRAIN AND Nervous SYSTEM - MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)

· General Description

· Symptoms

· Causes

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

General description & overview of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

This autoimmune chronic disease affects the nerves of the brain and the spinal chord, limiting and in severe cases destroying their ability to transmit messages to and fro to outlying organs and tissues such as the eyes or the limb muscles.

Our nerves act like electric wires carrying the messages from the brain to various parts of the body (sensory like eyes and motor like tongue and feet) and are insulated or sheathed by a substance called myelin. Myelin sheaths are a type of connective tissue, composed of fats and proteins. In multiple sclerosis or MS, certain patches of myelin are destroyed thus breaking the connectivity of these message conductors (nerves). Depending upon the severity of the damage, the functioning of the organs or tissues connected through these nerves, either gets slowed or stops totally.

It has been seen that for some reason, people who grow up in tropical areas (may be due to adequate exposure to sunlight) suffer much less from this disease.

MS usually strikes people of the age group of 25-40 years and gradually destroys the myelin cover. It develops in the form of attacks and remissions (symptoms disappearing for short or long durations) over many years although its devastating effects may come within months in certain cases.

There is no cure for this disease, although certain herbal treatments and controlled nutritional diet may prevent or alleviate the symptoms and complications associated with this disease. MS is not a fatal disease, but it makes people susceptible to diseases that are themselves life threatening.

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Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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Visual disorders – Blurred vision, double vision, temporary blindness, color blindness in one eye, involuntary movement of the eyes

Herbal supplements & cures for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Partial or complete paralysis of certain part of the body may be due to multiple sclerosis.

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Chronic fatigue, pain or dizziness

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A tingling feeling or numbness in certain areas of the body

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Certain muscles becoming tense or rigid

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Mood swings

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Incontinence – lack of control over bladder and bowels

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Feeling of weakness in certain muscles along with shaking and poor coordination resulting in loss of balance

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Causes of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

The exact cause / causes of multiple sclerosis are a matter of great debate and nothing substantial has come out of these debates till now. Yet, the following are broadly considered as the usual suspects:

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Genetic – A genetic predisposition to the disease is commonly associated with MS. Usually, autoimmune diseases are genetic in nature, but oddly, they tend to cluster in families by surfacing as different illnesses in different members. So, if the mother has had lupus, the daughter might have MS. Also, women are more likely to have MS than men.

Homeopathic medicines & cures for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). People living in the northern latitudes for the first 15 years of life and those of North European, North American, or Scandinavian ancestry are more prone to MS.

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Viral infection – It is understood that the virus enters the body at an early age but attacks the myelin only after the age of perhaps 20, 30 or even 40 years.

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Defective immune system – A disorder in the immune system that instead of attacking viruses and bacteria, turns the central nervous system against the body’s own myelin. T-cells and other antibodies go against the same body.

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Mercury in dental fillings – Although present in extremely small quantities, mercury in dental amalgam is supposed to poison the immune system and may be implicated in MS.

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Sugar-free sweeteners – Although the American MS society rejects this theory, it is widely believed that the artificial sweetener aspartame breaks down into methanol in our body which in turn is supposed to trigger MS.

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Immunotherapy is an immune modulating therapy that may help to slow down the disease or reduce the frequency of relapses. Steroids can help to reduce the severity of attacks. Antidepressants may be used to improve behavioral symptoms such as depression and mood swings. Medications can be prescribed to reduce urinary problems, and to minimize muscle spasticity.

Complementary treatments may be used together with conventional medicine or as an alternative. However, home treatment of MS is not recommended. Should you decide to explore alternatives to conventional medicine, consult a qualified homeopath that would be able to monitor your progress and ensure that you are receiving the correct treatment.

Herbal remedies for MS would typically include ingredients that would address symptoms which are most troublesome for the individual.

Some commonly recommended herbs include Avena sativa (nerve tonic), Lavendula angustifolia and Melissa officinalis and Passiflora incarnata (stress and anxiety), St John’s Wort (depression and nerve tonic), as well as various herbs for bladder problems, constipation and general inflammation. Biochemic tissue salts can be helpful as a safe anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic and to relieve cramps, improve circulation and support nervous system health.

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Ferrum phosphoricum (Ferrum phos. D6) is a homeopathic biochemic tissue salts which supports the absorption of iron in the body. The protective myelin sheath which surrounds all nerve tissue needs iron to supply this vital nutrient to the nerve cells it encases. Iron in hemoglobin also helps to keep all body tissue, including the brain, supplied with oxygen. Regular use of Ferrum phos. can help to prevent dizziness, headaches and restlessness and is of great benefit for those who tend to feel irritable, tense and tired.

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Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) – This climbing shrub is native to South America but some of its 450 odd species can be found in colder climate of North and Central America as well. It grows up to a height of 10 metres clutching with the help of tendrils. This medicinal variety is some times confused with the cultivated variety that produces passion fruit.All its aerial parts; the stamen, three lobed indented leaves and bright showy flowers have medicinal properties. The main constituents are maltol, ethyl maltol, indole alkaloids and various antioxidants. Mainly maltol and ethyl maltol and to some extent the antioxidants present impart the sedative property to this herb for which it is quite famous. In effect it is so effective yet gentle, that even children are given preparations based on passionflower for treating insomnia, anxiety and nervous system originated palpitations and digestive problems. It is believed that passionflower works by increasing levels of a chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA lowers the activity of some brain cells, resulting in relaxation.

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St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum; Klamathweed) has been traditionally used for centuries to balance mood and safely support routine calm and mental equilibrium. In recent times, clinical studies have confirmed ancient wisdom and Hypericum is one of the most widely studied herbs. Active ingredients include glycosides, flavonoids, volatile oils, tannins and resins.

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Kalium phosphate (Kali. phos. D6) is a homeopathic brain and nerve tonic par excellence as well as an amazing nerve nutrient. Used regularly it helps to calm and uplift the spirit and soothe common nervous tension and everyday stress. Kali. phos. is the most widely recommended tissue salt for soothing worry and distress.

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Magnesium phosphate (Mag. phos. D6) well-known as a homeopathic painkiller, Mag. phos. is also of great benefit to the health of the nerves. It acts as a natural anti-spasmodic and a nerve and muscle relaxant and is also frequently recommended for stress headaches.

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Helpful dietary habits in Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Although, no significant therapeutic effects have been seen by following a particular diet, many scientists believe that a balance diet rich in nutrients and polyunsaturated fats is the key to reduce a patient’s suffering to tolerable limits. Some of the important measures are:

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Omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids are helpful in maintaining and repairing the central nervous system. Good dietary intake may slow the progress of multiple sclerosis and alleviate the symptoms to a certain level. Remissions may also become far fetched as also the duration of the symptoms. Omega-6 is derived from linoleic acid and found in vegetable oils such as olive and sunflower as also almonds and walnuts. Evening primose oil is a worthy substitute as well. Daily requirement of omega-6 acid is nearly 4g, equivalent to a handful of almonds or walnuts. Omega-3 is needed in smaller quantities (usually 2g is enough) and a handful of walnuts should be sufficient. It is also present in adequate percentage in rapeseed oil and herring. Basically, oily fish like herring, mackerel, salmon and sardines, all are rich in omega-6 and omega-3 acids.

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Swank diet – Professor Roy Swank of Portland, Oregon, USA has suggested a low-fat diet which he claims gives less frequent relapses, more energy and longer life. This diet is low in saturated fats and cholesterol – less than 20g a day, and high in polyunsaturated acids.

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One has to keep in mind the catch-22 situation, a person suffering from MS is in. His muscles need more energy as the reaction time is limited (chronic fatigue is also a very strong symptom), but at the same time the total energy spending is less due to the problems associated with the disease. This might result in weight gain which will further deteriorate the condition as the mobility will get impaired and respiratory and circulatory systems will come under pressure. Therefore, one has to take a balance diet rich in nutrients but low in calorie. A low fat breakfast and other meals rich in complex carbohydrates such as jacket potatoes and brown rice should provide low calorie high energy daily diet.

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To counteract incontinence – Drink plenty of water (1.5-2 liters) and take fiber rich meals including green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits to avoid constipation. These are required as the incontinence caused by MS may indirectly affect the digestive system and drain these nutrients out.

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Fortifying vitamins (mainly vitamins A, C, D and E) and minerals (thiamine, riboflavin, calcium and potassium being the most important) are also very important. All these vitamins and minerals are important for the strengthening and normal functioning of the nerves, i.e. their responsiveness and alertness. Their intake should be judged by the doctor only, based on the condition of the patient.

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Avoid meat and full-fat dairy products, both of which contain saturated fats.

Dos and don'ts (precautions) in Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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Physiotherapy and mild exercises help in keeping the muscles function as normally as possible.

Natural & alternative medicines & cures for Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Reduce stress on the patient. As the actions slow down, work load should come down else  the person might feel stressed.

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Alcohol usually exacerbates certain symptoms of MS like speech and coordination problems. It also puts on the brakes on the important essential fatty acids conversion process as also erodes the content of nutrients in the body. It is one of the main culprits in increasing the level of saturated fats in the blood. So, stop consuming alcohol although moderation is supposed to be good for the health. Just check out with your doc.

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Nicotine is thought to impair limb movements temporarily and also depletes vitamin C level in the blood, thereby increasing the chances of infections. Smoking therefore in general is believed to worsen the MS symptoms. So, quit smoking too.

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Herbal & homeopathic products recommended in Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

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