Multiple sclerosis (MS), also called disseminated sclerosis, is a slowly progressive autoimmune disease characterized by wide spread patches of demyelination in the brain and spinal cord. This results in multiple and varied neurological symptoms. The onset of this disease is usually insidious, and its course is marked by alternating periods of remission and exacerbation.
As with so many other autoimmune diseases, the etiology of this condition is unknown. In other words, biologists have yet to pin-point the initial triggering factor for the body’s autoimmune attack against its own tissue.
Slightly more women than men suffer from this disease, and its age of diagnosis is usually between 20-40 years. Some authorities believe that, by the time this condition has been diagnosed, it is well established, having actually begun in adolescence or even childhood.
The most frequently presenting symptoms of MS are 1) numbness in one or more extremities, in the trunk, or on the side of the face, 2) weakness or clumsiness of a hand or leg, 3) or visual disturbances, such as partial blindness, pain in one eye, double vision, or dimness or partial loss of vision. Other common early symptoms include fleeting ocular palsy, transient weakness of one or more extremities, slight stiffness or fatigue of a limb, minor gait disturbances, difficulties with bladder control, vertigo, and mild emotional disturbances.
Although the cause of MS is as yet undetermined, people with MS typically have nutritional deficiencies and studies have shown that essential fatty acids, the building blocks of the brain and nervous system, are commonly missing in MS patients. Environmental toxins have also been suggested as triggering antibody reactions that cross-react with myelin.
When treating MS we aim to bring the body’s systems back into balance by first realigning the structure to address any imbalances which may be affecting the nervous system due to abnormal pressure being applied to the nervous system and internal organs. Then using acupuncture together with proper nutrition to address any issues of toxicity or nutritional deficiency, while naturally boosting the body’s internal systems.
The results being greater prolonged periods of remission through natural and self sustainable means.
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