Holistic Methods Of Treating Multiple Sclerosis Pt 1
Multiple Sclerosis (or MS) is a degenerative and chronic disease that affects the central nervous system. When
it comes to this disease there is a gradual destruction of myelin that occurs in patches throughout the brain or
spinal cord (or both) and interferes with the nerve pathways and causes muscular weakness, loss of coordination,
speech and visual disturbances.
Multiple Sclerosis most commonly afflicts people in their fifties or sixties but has been known to affect
younger individuals. Fort those who suffer from MS it is important to exercise on a regular basis and to choose
exercises that help to relax the body and mind, as well as increase balance, energy and flexibility.
Two exercise programs that are excellent for patients include yoga and tai chi. Diet plays an integral role when
it comes to any disease so for MS sufferers it is important to follow a healthy and well balanced diet all of the
Having a positive attitude is a method of helping to reduce anxiety and stress related to the disease. While
there is no known cure for MS there are some holistic approaches to reducing the pain and suffering of this
disease, which can commonly lead to depression because of its debilitating effects on the nervous system. Massage
therapy is a holistic practice that many people with MS choose to engage in on a regular basis because it provides
a way for the body to relax and unwind and it is excellent as a stress buster.
Many MS patients find that regular massage treatments help to keep depression at bay. It is important to note
however that having massage treatments will in no way slow the progression of the disease. Massage therapy is safe
for most Multiple Sclerosis sufferers except for those who also suffer from bone-thinning osteoporosis.
This can sometimes result from too many massage treatments for MS patients. In this case then massage could be
potentially dangerous so always speak with your physician before you start having massage therapy. Acupuncture has
been used with a certain modicum of success for patients of Multiple Sclerosis.
Today's Holistic Tip for Pain
Pain TherapyShiatsu helps to decrease the stiffness of muscles and joints and it is lowers blood pressure. Shiatsu also helps to improve a person's level of energy (or qi), vitality and stamina. When you decide to begin practicing shiatsu, always dress in loose fit, comfortable clothing that is made of natural as opposed to synthetic fibers. Doing this helps to encourage the flow of positive energy in the body or what is referred to as "ki." Always make sure you practice shiatsu in a room that has plenty of empty space and is uncluttered, clean and very neat. pain treatment
Acupuncture helps to target the symptoms of the disease such as bladder control issues, muscle
spasms and pain. Be aware however that there have been no research studies that prove conclusively that acupuncture
is safe for MS sufferers. When it comes to needles and making small puncture marks in the skin there are always
risks involved, the greatest of which is the worry that an infection will take place.
If you do decide to seek out the services of an acupuncturist find one that is experienced and
comes well qualified and make sure that he uses sterile needles otherwise acupuncture is a method by which
hepatitis HIV could be transmitted from person to person. While it is very controversial, some MS sufferers believe
that smoking marijuana helps to effectively relieve the spasticity related to the disease as well as other symptoms
connected with Multiple Sclerosis.
Drink lots of water. You should really drink at least 8 glasses of
water every day. With the extra lubrication it provides, your joints and organs can better deal
with the things that are causing you pain.
Research into this is ongoing and most healthcare practitioners will not prescribe marijuana for medicinal
purposes at this time. As well doctors do not recommended marijuana to their Multiple Sclerosis patients because of
its many negative long-term side effects such as the risk of heart attack as well as the loss of memory.