What a strange beast this one can be.
MS can have various presentations and progressions - changes in vision, numbness and pain in limbs, burning in feet, changes in gait, changes in bladder habits, heaviness in limbs, weakness, etc. These alone can be disconcerting, then when paired with the label of a chronic illness, and life still calling on us, we need a coordinated team.
For nearly 20 years I have worked with patients struggling with multiple sclerosis effectively using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to help relieve symptoms and gain more of their life back. I work closely with neurologists, rheumatologists, physical therapists, and other providers to create a coordinated treatment plan for each patient.
With this and other chronic conditions there are multiple factors at play. The problem itself, and then the habit the body gets in to compensate for that problem. Acupuncture is amazing at helping the body find new ways to communicate with itself. Acupuncture treatments are cumulative, meaning that treatments build on themselves. So as one comes in more, the treatments last longer and longer. I relate it to being on the 405. For those of us in Southern California, we know what a mess that interstate can be. Acupuncture helps to remind the body that there are other ways to travel without the 405. So as you learn new routes and get gentle reminders of those pathways, your body starts forming new healthier habits.
My goal for my patients dealing with MS, is two-fold. For patients experiencing a flare, to reduce the damage done in a flare and to reduce the length of that flare state. When patients go into remission, the goal is to heal, restore, and prevent further flares. I utilize acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, meditation, Qigong, gusha, and other tools to get us there.
Here are links to studies highlighting acupunctures effectiveness in treating MS.
Effects of Acupuncture on Gait of Patients with Multiple Sclerosis
Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis at Remission Stage Treated with Acupuncture
Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you have.