Acupuncture and Multiple Sclerosis
There are some people very near and dear to me who suffer from MS, which is why I am especially interested in this topic.
Acupuncture is not a cure for MS but it can help MS sufferers improve their quality of life (Quality of Life Study). This study showed that electro-acupuncture can treat pain and depression in MS patients. Participants in the study also noticed an improvement in quality of sleep and an increase in appetite. Some noticed that their leg spasms resolved after treatment.
How can Acupuncture help people with MS?
The following is a list of symptoms that acupuncture can treat:
- – Fatigue
- – Depression/mood swings/irritability
- – Dizziness/vertigo
- – Headache
- – Incontinence
- – Constipation/Diarrhea
- – Pain/spasm/stiffness
- – Numbness/pins and needles
While the study mentioned at the beginning of this post used body acupuncture, scalp acupuncture is considered the gold standard for treating neurological conditions like Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Stroke. Scalp acupuncture is a blend of traditional acupuncture techniques and modern medical understanding of the cerebral cortex and its representative areas (we now know which parts of the brain are allocated to movement, senses, vision, etc.). Developed in the 1970’s by a Chinese neurosurgeon and his colleagues, this technique is an effective way to re-establish connections from the central nervous system to the peripheral nervous system.
Scalp acupuncture involves needles inserted under the skin of the scalp which are stimulated often throughout the treatment session. Stimulation can be done manually (twirling the needles by hand) or by using electro-stimulation. Patients are often asked to move their effected limbs during stimulation (or have their limbs moved for them) or they may be asked focus their awareness on the affected body part.
Here is a case study showing how effective this treatment can be (keep in mind, treatment results vary by the individual): Case Study
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