Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that affects the central nervous system (CNS). This includes both the brain and the spinal cord. Because the CNS controls the entire body, the symptoms associated with MS are many and varied. In fact, the effects of the condition vary from person to person. Some may go a significant amount of time between attacks. Others may only experience a short remission between outbreaks of the disease. There are, however, a number of treatments that are used to manage the symptoms. Let’s discuss some natural treatments for MS.
Multiple Sclerosis Natural Treatments
More than half of people who suffer from MS use a blend of conventional and alternative methods to mitigate the symptoms. Since stress is considered a major trigger for the disease, many natural treatments revolve around reducing stress. For example, many MS patients turn to yoga or tai chi. Of course, before you start any kind of exercise program, you should always consult your physician. Others take classes to help learn how they can manage stress. Don’t underestimate the power of a positive attitude when dealing with a life altering illness.
Other alternative treatments go after the condition at its source. Since MS affects the brain and spinal cord, it has been suggested that upper cervical chiropractic can be a good source of natural relief of symptoms. This involves adjustments to the C1 and C2 vertebrae. These two vertebrae are positioned right at the base of the brain where it meets the spinal cord. Montel Williams is the most famous individual to provide a testimonial for this form of treatment.
Vitamins and supplements are another major way that people try to counteract the disease. There are literally dozens of herbs that are recommended for those who have the disease. Everything from bee pollen to cat nip and echinacea to coenzyme Q10 is suggested. Each herbal remedy has its own benefits. For example, ginger root seems to have a positive effect on joint pain. Some have sought out a nutritionist to help them to develop a diet that helps to manage the disease and limit outbreaks of the condition.
While some individuals suffer complications from the disease, a combination of conventional medicine and natural remedies is allowing for a normal lifespan for the average person with MS. Many continue to walk and maintain most motor functions for up to 2 decades after being diagnosed.
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Dr. Kurt Sherwood, D.C. is an Upper Cervical Specialist and Renton Chiropractor who has helped many people to findÂ drug-free relief from multiple sclerosis symptoms in Renton, WashingtonÂ over the past 20 plus years. He is trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. He specializes in correcting problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problemsÂ including multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, and vertigo. More information can be found on his website atÂ http://www.sherwoodspinalcare.com