Acupuncture as a Complementary Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis has been a trending topic in many recent articles featured in medical journals and other medically-oriented publications. The disease, which is the result of an immunological defect, occurs when the protective coverings of nerves begin to deteriorate or erode due to the immune system attacking them. In time, a person with multiple sclerosis can experience a loss of muscular coordination, speech impairments, and chronic fatigue. Although the condition is chronic, it can be successfully managed given the right treatment plan.
Today, many people are incorporating alternative methods of medicine into the treatment plans for a plethora of chronic illness – multiple sclerosis is but one. It is important to note that, although there is a benefit to using acupuncture to mitigate the systems of the disease, it cannot cure, restore, and prevent relapses.
The primary benefit to those coping with multiple sclerosis comes in the form of relief from unpleasant sensations, such as pain, numbness, or tingling; also, the relief from spasticity, rigidness, bladder problems, fatigue, anxiety, and depression.
While there are limited studies available on the effectiveness of acupuncture as a primary treatment for neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, it cannot be ruled out as a resource that has a positive impact on the overall quality of life that is experience by patients with the disease.
In an article published by MS Focus, the flagship publication produced by the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, the author describes the positive outcomes that they experienced after seeking treatment with acupuncture post-diagnosis. The describe how they began to feel rejuvenated and experienced a lessening of their symptoms, primarily where pain and insomnia were of concern. They close the article by giving testimony to how acupuncture treatments, ultimately, leave them feeling more balance both physically and emotionally.
As a complementary treatment to this condition, it is always advised that you speak with your primary care physician, as well as your neurologist before beginning an acupuncture regimen tailored specifically for you.
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