Acupuncture for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
How Acupuncture Can Help with MS Symptoms
Over 400,000 people in the United States suffer from Multiple Sclerosis, often known as MS, an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. Its symptoms include muscle weakness and/or spasms, fatigue, numbness or tingling, problems with vision or swallowing and pain. This condition occurs when the body’s immune system attacks support structures in the brain, causing them to become damaged and inflamed.
If you are looking for ways to help you manage or lessen your MS symptoms, consider acupuncture as part of your overall treatment plan. Acupuncture has been known to stimulate the nervous system and helps release the neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influence the body’s homeostatic mechanisms and promote physical and emotional wellbeing.
Research in the past 7 years has shown that acupuncture treatments may specifically help relieve MS symptoms by:
Reducing inflammatory and CD4 T cells. (According to a 2012 research on rats, it improved paralytic
Promoting the expression of NT-3, protein growth factor that supports neuronal survival. Also, by increasing the cell number and differentiation of endogenous oligodendrocyte precursor cells, and causing remyelination and functional improvement of the demyelinated spinal cord (2011 research)
Acting on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for anxiety and worry (2009 and 2010 research)
Increasing the release of adenosine, which has antinociceptive properties (2010 research)
Improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility by increasing local microcirculation which aids dispersal of swelling (2009 research)
Reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (2007 research)
Seven Benefits of Acupuncture for MS
Pain – It has been determined that acupuncture helps decrease the amount of pain in the joints, neck, head, and back.
Tingling and Numbness – Acupuncture helps support and encourages blood flow and Qi (your natural source of energy) in the body, as a result can diminish the feeling of numbness and tingling.
Tiredness – Acupuncture can help increase your energy. Even after a single session, people can feel more energized. This boost can last for days. Acupuncture can also benefit in your ability of being able to sleep better.
Depression – Chinese Medicine believes that each acupuncture session establishes and boosts physical and emotional healing. The Chinese believe that acupuncture helps to dispense endorphin's throughout the body to make you naturally feel great.
Memory Loss – Acupuncture helps to produce and boost the surge of healthy energy to your brain and increases your Qi, so you can remember and think clearer.
Stress – Acupuncture aids in the control of how the body reacts to stress.
Muscle Spasms – Acupuncture can help the body and mind become relaxed, resulting in less muscle spasms.
Dr. Binder will be happy to speak to you and answer any question you may have about acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, and how it can help Multiple Sclerosis.