Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that is characterized by the progressive breakdown in communication between the brain and the rest of the body. MS is most likely the result of an auto immune abnormality, which causes the body to attack myelin, a fatty substance that covers and insulates the nerve cell fibers in the brain and spinal cord. Myelin aids in the smooth, efficient transmission of messages between the brain and spinal cord, and the rest of the body. When it becomes damaged or lost, the messages are delayed or become blocked, leading to reduced function in affected areas.
Early symptoms of MS typically present between ages 20 and 40, and include prickling sensation or numbness in the extremities (paresthesia), impaired vision, and coordination problems. As the disease progresses, other symptoms may include muscle weakness, impaired balance, difficulty concentrating, impaired judgment, urinary incontinence, constipation, vertigo, tremor, and others. These symptoms occur in episodes, which vary in duration and severity, and are separated by periods of remission.
Below are alternative and natural treatment options for multiple sclerosis (MS). Within this section you will find commonly used acupuncture and acupressure points, appropriate herbal formulas and a variety of information from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) perspectives to aid in the treatment of MS.
The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.
The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Tong Ren Therapy is the energy healing/medical qi gong aspect of the Tam Healing System. The areas of focus for multiple sclerosis (ms) that we would use in Tong Ren techniques form the basis for our acupuncture treatments as well. Generally you would mix these primary points with points specific to the patients underlying TCM pattern and then our tuina (medical massage) would be largely focused on these points as well.
The following Tam Healing/Tong Ren Therapy Protocols May Be Used With Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
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Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)