Alternative Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis
Alternative Treatments for MS presented me with a challenge. Most, supposed, alternative remedies are homoeopathic or personal opinion. Alternative and/or herbal treatments/remedies is a large subject and could, in all likelihood, have a whole web site devoted to it, so trying to present it in one or two pages may be a bit of a challenge.
- Padma 28© A commercial herbal product called Padma 28© was given to people with MS. After taking two pills three times per day, 44% of these people experienced increased muscle strength and general improvement. Padma 28 is based on a traditional Tibetan formula.
- Ginkgo biloba Inflammation of nerve tissue is partly responsible for the breakdown of myelin in people with MS. When intravenous injections of a constituent of Ginkgo biloba, known as ginkgolide B, were given to people with multiple sclerosis for five days, 80% of them reportedly improved. This specialised treatment is experimental, and it is not known whether oral use of ginkgo extracts would have the same effect.
- Green Tea is has potential in the treatment and prevention of neuro-degenerative diseases, such as MS. A major constituent of green tea is epigallocatechnin-3-gallate (or ECGG). This has been found to powerfully inhibit auto-reactive T cells (imuune cells that attack one’s own tissue). Green tea, is derived from dried leaves of the Camellia Sinesis plant, came over from China between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago. Now green tea is popular both for it’s taste and many health benefits.
- Lion’s Mane Mushroom Some time ago, I received an email telling me about Yamabushitake or Lion’s Mane Mushroom, also called Hericium Erinaceus. Only recently did I look into it. This fungus is touted to have strong nerve growth stimulators and contain glyconutrients, antioxidants and immuno-modulators.
- Kinesiology works on the basis that in order have total health, we must look at the person as a complete whole. Factors that effect the physical body will not only have an effect on other parts of the body but will have an effect upon the mind and emotions too.
I was introduce to the concept of Kinesiology by a lady, named Amanda in Australia, who claims that using Kinesiology in conjunction with the dietary recommendations of The Wahls Protocol has eradicated all of her MS symptoms.
Living with Multiple Sclerosis is about adjusting to the realities of this debilitating condition. It is about learning how best to manage the condition and its symptoms. Alternative MS therapies are not a panacea that is going to cure you of this dreadful disease, instead they are a way of helping you cope with the plethora of difficulties you are likely to encounter.
I will conclude this post by saying that I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1994. Since that tine, I have been prescribes a plethora of pharmaceutical treatments to combat a raft of ailments.
None of these treatments were particularly effective. I have been trying to stop taking most of the medications I have been on. And, for the most part, I had succeeded. I had removed all pharmaceuticals from my regular multiple sclerosis treatment regime. With the exception of Temazepam.
Temazapam is an anti-depressant drug, which I have been using as a sleeping aid. It is a drug of the class benzodiazapam, and is highly addictive.
The addictive nature of the drug has become apparent, as I can no longer sleep without it. For that reason, I have consulted with my GP, in the hope that she can offer an alternative that will wean me off the Temazepam.
She has prescribed a drug called Gabapentin. This is an anti-convulsant drug, used, primarily, to treat epilepsy. This has been chosen, in the hope that it will reduce, ideally stop, the myoclonic jerks that prevent me sleeping.
It is my hope that if Gabapentin can ease the leg jerks and the throbbing in my legs, I might be able to sleep without the need for Temazepam.