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Multiple Sclerosis - Alternative Treatments
A Disorder Of The Nerves And The Brain
Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic disease of the nervous system. Loss of nerve function is a result of the protective sheaths (that cover the nerves) becoming scarred and inflamed. Symptoms for each person DO vary. Many times an MS attack is followed by a period of time that the sufferer may feel better. This is said to be when the disease is in remission. And for others, remission never seems to come - although the disease is usually slow to progress. Even so, the person remains in a state of feeling sick in some way at all times.
Symptoms (may) include:
- Some MS sufferers experience a tremendous amount of pain while others seem to have no pain at all.
- Tremors may appear in the fingers, the hand, the feet and legs. Tremors also vary from person to person.
- Many MS sufferers experience a tremendous amount of fatigue. Not just any fatigue, and not your everyday tired feeling. This fatigue is often times described as the worst fatigue of one's life. For some people, this fatigue never seems to ease up.
- Lightheaded and Dizziness. Not able to balance as well as one used to. This can take place right after standing up, while walking, and especially while trying to carry something.
- Cognitive changes. Sometimes someone with MS can only describe the feeling as "just not quite right." They may feel like they are having issues with comprehending what is being said in an appropriate amount of time, (if at all.) They may start to misread things all of a sudden. Focus can become a big problem.
- Numbing and Tingling. Many MS sufferers describe this feeling as a body part falling asleep. This too can be very painful at times.
Alternative Treatments To Ease Symptoms
You probably already know that there is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Medicines are available through a doctor that focus on slowing the progression of the disease and easing symptoms. And many sufferers DO benefit from these various medications. Before you start anything new, you should always consult your treating doctor FIRST.
What I would like to offer here are a few alternative remedies that you may consider to be very useful while you are awaiting treatment, or along side current treatments (with your doctor's approval.)
Homeopathic Remedy Tarentula
Tarentula, received it's name from the Italian town of Taranto (Latin name Tarentum), where the wolf spider is generally found. The European wolf spider does not hurt humans, unlike the bite of the dangerous South American tarantula, which was said to cause delirious behavior, trembling, and the feeling of asphyxiation. The homeopathic remedy is made from the entire live spider and is used to treat fidgeting, frenzied and agitated behavior. It is well known to treat nervous disorders.
Homeopathic Remedy - Tarentula For Relief From MS Symptoms
Feeble, Unsteady Legs
Fidgeting, Restless Legs
Unpeaceful, Uneasy, Nervousness
Tense, Contracting Pains
Experience Severe Mood Swings
Rotating From Side to Side To Ease Symptoms
Homeopathic Remedy - Phosphorus For Relief From MS Symptoms
Phosphorus is a yellowish-white nonmetallic element which occurs in phosphates and living matter. It's name comes from the Greek word meaning "light bringing." In conventional medicine it has been used to treat conditions such as measles and malaria.
As a homeopathic treatment, it is mainly given to those afflicted by nervousness and anxiety as well as digestive disorders. It can bring relief to circulatory conditions and respiratory problems.
Phosphorus can bring relief from headaches that worsen in the heat but improve after a cool compress. Also treats exhaustion, insomnia, perspiring under stress, and unsettled sexual issues.
Homeopathic Remedy - Phosphorus For Relief From Symptoms
Fear Of Ill Health And Death
Tendency To Bottle Things Up
Hesitant or "Weak" Under Pressure
Weak Digestive Organs And Nervous System, And Bad Circulation
Rescue Remedy Flower Essences For Relief From MS Symptoms
Flower remedies are used therapeutically to unify the body, mind, and the spirit. Thousands of essences are available in health food stores, and they work "vibrationally" on a psychological and emotional level- to alleviate pessimistic feelings, boost the healing process, and to balance the energy in the body.
Flower Essences - "Rescue Remedy"
relieve inner turmoil and anger
prevent the tendency to drift away from the present
prevent feelings of gloom and discomfort
lessen feelings of terror, fear or dread
Star Of Bethlehem
take care of physical and mental manifestations of trauma or shock
Vitamins and Minerals Important To MS Sufferers
Multiple Sclerosis can be debilitating. For some, symptoms remain fairly mild throughout their lifetime. It is important to maintain health in hopes that the disease will progress slowly. Nothing is more important than a healthy diet and exercise routine. Sometimes, taking vitamin supplements are necessary when you know that your diet may not be up to par. Eating plenty of foods that have gamma-linoleic acid can prove to be very helpful. Safflower and Sunflower Oils are a perfect way to ensure you get this into your diet.
Important Vitamins and Minerals to discuss with your doctor include:
- Folic Acid
- Vitamin B3
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
Multiple Sclerosis And Your Health
Although the cause of MS is still unknown, some researchers say that it is an autoimmune disorder, while other researchers argue that a viral infection may be to blame for the onset of the disease. More research is still needed to confirm either theory.
While everyone waits for a cure to arrive, we all must find the "thing" that helps us best, as an individual. It is important to take control of your own life and do everything you are capable of doing to be as healthy as possible. Sometimes, it is a combination of methods that bring the most benefit to the quality of life that you will have. Don't Give Up!