Multiple sclerosis or MS for short is a condition which affects the nervous system. The symptoms arise from what is essentially a breakdown of communication between the brain and the nerves. Symptoms can range from mild and intermittent pain to severe and permanently debilitating. It is generally treated with pharmaceutical drugs and as yet, there is no cure.
Common symptoms include a loss or partial loss of vision, muscle weakness and lethargy, memory problems, balance and coordination issues, and different types of sensations such as pins and needles, prickling, tingling, even numbness in the limbs. According to Healthline, there are some natural treatments which can help to slow down the disease, reduce symptoms or extend periods of remission. Many sufferers turn to alternative medicines successfully when the pharmaceutical drugs either don’t improve things or fail to work entirely.
If you suffer from MS, please remember you must always check with your healthcare professional before embarking on a new medicinal regime as some herbs and alternative treatments can cause adverse reactions when mixed with pharmaceuticals or if taken wrongly. So be careful.
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid with anti-inflammatory properties, contained in vegetable oils, fatty fish, or omega-3 dietary supplements. DHA helps the blood to flow, muscle activity, cell growth, digestion, and brain function. In patients with MS, DHA supplements can work towards helping to protect the central nervous system. It can also promote brain health may prove useful for people with MS (Simopoulos, 2002; Kong, Yen, & Ganea, 2011). There are few, mild side effects, although it can thin the blood and make clotting difficult if you suffer from problems with your blood.
Elderflower or Elderberry
The berries and flowers of the elder tree have been used for centuries to treat skin conditions, infections, colds, fevers, pain, and swelling. Be warned that the uncooked or unripe berries are toxic, so you must never pick these and eat them. Always obtain from a health food shop or naturalist practitioner. According to Healthline, there has been limited research showing the positive use of the elderflower in chronic inflammatory conditions (Schwaiger, et al., 2011) and the extracts in regulating immune response in the central nervous system (Wielgat, Holownia, & Braszko, 2012). Definitely worth a try.
Huo Ma Ren (Chinese Hemp Seed)
This is a traditional Chinese medicine is believed to aid problems of the nervous system. Extracts from plants in the cannabis family have been studied for their role in reducing inflammation, spasticity, and neurodegeneration. Some practitioners believe that when closely monitored, the use of specific members of this plant family can actually be highly effective for treating symptoms of multiple sclerosis (Grotenhermen & Muller-Vahl, 2012).
Magnesium is well known to be essential for a wide variety of bodily functions. Magnesium deficiency can cause muscle contraction, weakness, fatigue, tingling, cramps, seizures, numbness, and even personality changes. Magnesium deficiencies may have also been associated with some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and a number of other chronic and progressive conditions (Johnson, 2001). Magnesium supplements and a diet containing natural sources of magnesium can, therefore, be useful for preventing a deficiency that could aggravate the symptoms of MS (NIH, 2012).
For more advice on natural remedies, please go to Healthline.com.