All Natural Treatment Options for Multiple Sclerosis

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) about 250,000 to 350,000 people in the United States have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis or MS.

Multiple sclerosis or MS is an immune disease in which the body mistakenly attacks itself. In the case of MS, the body attacks the myelin, or fat that surrounds and protects the nerves. During an MS attack, inflammation occurs in random areas of the central nervous system in patches called plaques. The destruction of the myelin occurs next. Once these myelin sheaths are attacked and destroyed the delicate communication process between the nerves, brain, spinal cord and the rest of the body are compromised resulting in decreased or complete loss of function. The name, multiple sclerosis, is for many – multiple, and scars – sclerosis.

People are generally diagnosed with MS between the ages of 20 and 40 although it can exist in many who are currently living with undiagnosed MS. This is because the disease can wax and wane making it very challenging to accurately diagnose. Although the cause is not yet known it is theorized that a viral condition precipitates the onset of MS.

Types of MS

There are four courses of MS. Each one can be mild, moderate or severe. In addition the intensity of the condition can change over time; going into remission only to rear its ugly head again later down the road.

The Four Courses of MS

  • Relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS)
  • Primary-Progressive MS (PPMS)
  • Secondary-Progressive MS (SPMS)
  • Progressive-Relapsing MS (PRMS)

Each of these types of MS has different characteristics. RRMS is the most common type of MS and is characterized by acute attacks then full recovery. PPMS has almost complete disability from the beginning with only mild improvements or remissions. SPMS has limited recovery between attacks and continual progression and worsening of symptoms. PRMS shows as complete disability from the onset with acute relapses and no recovery of significance in between attacks.

Symptoms of MS:

  • Pain
  • Spasticity
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Impairment of senses
  • Tremor
  • Speech and visual disturbances
  • Vertigo
  • Bladder and bowel dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Cognitive abnormalities
  • Depression
  • Euphoria
  • Sexual dysfunction

Some people with MS react with pain to heat and experience an increase in symptoms when heat is present either from hot outdoor temperatures or exercise induced heat.

Traditional Treatments of MS

Traditional treatments of MS are the use of highly toxic drugs such as steroids. Other commonly used drugs to treat MS are Valium, Klonopin, aspirin, acetaminophen, codeine, Cylert, Symmetrel, and antidepressants.

As with all pharmaceuticals, costs are high, side effects are extreme in some cases, and treatment is for the symptoms and not the actual disease. When it comes to MS, most medications are used to slow the progression of the disease but not cure it. There is currently no cure for MS.

All Natural, Alternative Treatments for MS

It is recommended that MS sufferers eat more fruits and vegetables that are organically grown. They should also avoid highly processed foods and hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils. This includes polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortenings, and deep fried foods.

Turmeric and Cinnamon are great anti-inflammatory spices

Turmeric, cinnamon and ginger should be consumed daily along with a CoQ10 supplement at least two to three times per day. In addition take a multi mineral supplement every day.

It’s also highly recommended to use positive visualization and meditation techniques to relieve stress and help ease MS symptoms.

There has been recent speculation that increasing levels of vitamin D if you suffer with MS can be particularly helpful. This is an interesting approach that seems to work by increasing your safe sun exposure. It has been noted that people living in the Northern Hemisphere are much more likely to suffer with MS than those living by or below the equator.

If you or someone you love is living with MS, it’s vital to explore these all natural methods used to effectively relieve troublesome symptoms and provide some relief.

Sources: ninds.nih.gov, drweil.com, nationalmssociety.org

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7 comments so far - add yours!

  1. Suzanne says:

    This is great info. Also don’t forget to get your vitamin D levels checked. Some alt. docs are recommending 50K of D3 everyday for a period. Check out Dr. Joe Prendergast.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PYsXQ16Ztg

  2. Katherine Primera says:

    That is a start but with 2 of us living with MS, my brother and I we also have elimated wheat, dairy, eggs, corn. I don’t sufer with spasm like my brother but we notice anytime he eats corn his spasm are horrible his legs are jumping all around we do the paleo diet it really works. We do not take any drugs for the MS and my brother has the baclofin pump in his stomach which 2 years ago the last of the drug came out and now saline was in it, and now 8 months ago it’s been turned off all together and he’s not in any pain took 3 years on paleo diet i guess that did the trick. so thanks dr axe for putting up the truth about what were eating your right

  3. I have a similar, very painful condition called RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy). It also attacks the myelin and is degenerative to the nerves as well. I totally agree with You, Dr. Axe. I have researched into many possible cures or therapies for my disease and I have learned that you do need to eat these anti-inflammatory foods and avoid the processed junk completely. I take salmon oil and a magnesium and calcium supplement. I make raw milk kefir smoothies and use your advice to add the cinnamon, kale, maple syrup, raw eggs, fresh ground flax, virgin coconut oil, frozen berries, and a half of a organic lemon with rind. It is really yummy. I feed this to my five children every morning. One of my children is a type one diabetic and I know these principles are very good for her as well.

    One other thing that I have read that really helps people like us including other degenerative nerve diseases is stem cell therapy (your own stem cells), and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

    I do about 1 hour of physical therapy each and every day to keep the disease from progressing further. I have tried the stem cell treatment and it really worked for rebuilding the myelin sheath. I used to feel unbearable burning pain in my right foot with paralysis. After about 5 days of my stem cell therapy, I was able to function at about a 50% capacity instead of 2% functional capacity. I am still not at 100% but I am very thankful for the progress I have made so far.

    Thank you for your amazing cook book. I am so excited about all the information you share. It is really easy to understand and very easy to incorporate into life. ~Erin

  4. Kathy Marion says:

    Why such a sad depressing photo?

    People who have been told they have M.S. do not want to think of themselves or be thought of in this way………sitting all alone in a wheel chair, by themselves, as if they have no hope.

    Habakkuk 3:19
    The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army;
    He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk not to stand still in terror, but to walk and make spiritual progress upon my high places of trouble, suffering, or responsibility!

    Praising the Lord that just like Habakkuk the prophet prayed these words during his perplexing days on earth,
    and fully trusted in, believed in, and obeyed the Lord God of Heaven;
    we can also trust in, believe in and obey the Lord God to show us how to walk and make spiritual progress midst our high places of trouble, suffering, or responsibility no matter where we might be on our M.S. journey.

    Thank you, Dr. Axe, for listening to the voice of the Lord God and obeying Him in what you do.

  5. Laura says:

    Hmmm. Interesting, BUT, I have been mostly vegan for over 20 years now. I eat an amazingly healthy diet with few processed foods and all organic. I also walk daily at least a mile, sometimes up to 3. I am 5’6″ and weigh 115lbs. So, I’ve been living this diet for so long and this past March I was diagnosed with MS. Now I am taking Copaxone. I’d certainly rather not be taking it but as I already follow a healthy diet and developed ms anyway, I don’t feel this is a “cure”. I am afraid to not take the meds. I welcome any feedback or thoughts. Not trying to be critical of Dr. Axe, and maybe this does help if you were unhealthy to start with, but I was not.

  6. Laura says:

    I also realize he is saying it will help, not that it is a cure. But I would never get off my meds because I just don’t feel that would be in my best interest given my already healthy lifestyle at diagnosis.

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