Herb Remedies: Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis, involves a tissue called myelin that covers nerve fibers in the spinal cord and the brain. Myelin permits the rapid transmission of electrical nerve impulses. A person that has  MS, the protective myelin sheaths begin to deteriorate, slowing down nerve impulses in the process, then scar tissue forms around the damage nerves causing a hardening or sclerosis. It usually strikes people between ages of 20 and 40, and twice as many women as men. The cause of it remains unknown, researchers suspect a link to little known viruses. It is 5 times more common in the temperate climates than in tropical climates but altogether rare in Japan. Symptoms of MS are stiffness, fatigue, poor coordination, loss of muscle strength, loss of balance, and loss of feeling in arms and legs. Medical science has little to offer people with MS. No drugs will stop or prevent the progression of the disease. For inflammation control doctors may prescribe a pituitary hormone that is called adrenocorticotrophic hormone, ( ACTH ). This hormone works to stimulate the adrenal glands to produce substances that inhibit inflammation.

High consumption of animal fats and low consumption of essential fatty acids has been linked to Ms.

For decrease inflammation and tissue damage associated with MS, doctors may prescribe a steroid called Prednisone, the side effects is fat redistribution which causes puffiness in the face, acne, the thinning of the skin, peptic ulcers, metabolism changes, and an increased susceptibility to infection.

To reduce muscle spasms, doctors may prescribe Dantrolene, which the side effect are diarrhea, weakness, nausea, liver damage, hallucinations, and drowsiness.

Herbal remedies are Ginkgo biloba, this herb tested in Asian countries made head lines when studies showed it helped people with Alzheimer’s disease, but ginkgolides, have been shown to help inhibit flare-ups of MS. Ginkgo is also a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Rarely people taking ginkgo may experience gastrointestinal upset, headaches, or skin allergies.

Evening Primrose, Black Currant, Flaxseed, The omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in these oils help maintain the myelin sheath around nerves. The study shows that the oils help control the symptoms and prolong remission.

Purslane, this common, flat, spreading garden, weed, has long been added to salads by them that enjoy a slightly bitter wild greens. Purslane turns out that it is high in magnesium, one of many minerals that people with MS tend to be deficient in. Eating it steamed or raw would be the beat use of this herb.

Always as your doctor before taking herbal remedies.



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