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Chinese Medicine for Multiple Sclerosis

MS, as it usually called results from damage to the myelin sheaths surrounding the nerve fibers of the central nervous system. The Cause of this is not known, it may be a genetic disorder, or caused by a virus. About one person in every 2,000 is affected, with a higher proportion of women It may began as tingling, numbness or weakness affecting an arm or leg or one side of the body Sometimes symptoms include double vision, or blurring of the sight. The attack may happen only once and never recur but in most cases it runs a course of relapses and remissions over many years. Weakness,difficulty in walking, slurred speech and loss of bladder control are some of the attendant problems.

The Chinese Medicine diagnosis is a general weakness of the whole body, especially the kidneys, which causes the central nervous system to malfunction and results in wastage of the muscles. Acupuncture can be used to improve the circulation, stimulate the nevous system and help the muscles. Herbs will deal with kidney and stomach weakness, revitalizing them to stop deterioration When the kidneys are weak, they cannot process the nutrients in the body, and the central nervous system is starved. Medicine will tonify the kidneys and spleen.

MS is serious problem, treatment should begin as soon as lt ls diagnosed. The earlier it is caught, the better the prognosis. The problems associated with the complaint- kidney and bladder infections and blurred vision,etc. - respond well to Chinese Medicine treatment and the progress of the MS itself can be controlled Therapy is lone-term, but it is one of the conditions where Chinese Medicine has had much more success than Western medicine.

Doreen B has been diagnosed for MS. Five years ago,"At first,I suspected I had a brain tumor, as had lost vision in one eye, I had no balance and I had attacks when I couldn't move at all, so the knowledge that I had MS actually came as a relief." as she remembers. Doreen began treatments in our clinic two years ago. "most amazingly,two months after, I started to get vision back in my eye. All I could see was dark and light to begin with, then slowly it cleared and I saw colours again. My vision is not perfect yet, but I can see reasonably well. I feel so much better. My depression has gone, my balance is back, I can climb up three flights of stairs unaided, whereas before I hardly walk. I am very lucky in that I have the most marvellous support from my orthodox consultants and neurologist, and they both know I have Chinese acupuncture and both urge me to go on with it, because they say it is doing me so much good, I still have a bowel retention problem, but I have started Chinese herbs, a mixture of herbs which I have to prepare at home and drink each day. I had more energy, the pain lessened, and my urine infections cleared up almost completely."

My general recommendation to all MS patients in this clinic is to follow the four points of the natural healing program which include:
1) Herbal remedics - e.g. astragali, dong quai, ginseng, alfalfa, etc.
2) A proper diet-e.g. gluten-free diet.
3) Supplementary vitamins and use of coenzyme Q10 and primrose oil.
4) Acupuncture.

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