Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an auto immune disorder in which the body’s own immune system mistakenly attacks the protective covering of nerves around the body
Around half of people with MS experience pain: musculoskeletal pain due to muscle spasms or neuropathic pain (stabbing pain, skin sensitivity or burning sensations) caused by damage to the nerve fibres. MS can be a very distressing and frustrating condition and those with MS often suffer with depression or anxiety. The cause of MS is not known, it is believed that a combination of genetic and environmental factors play a role. Research suggests that smoking, lack of sunlight/Vitamin D deficiency and viral infection may be involved.
There is currently no cure for MS but there are a number of treatments that can help. Conventional treatment includes medications, such as steroids and physiotherapy.
Acupuncture for Multiple Sclerosis
- Reducing inflammation
- Promoting repair of the damaged nerve sheaths
- Reducing sensitivity to pain and stress
- Reducing muscle stiffness and improving joint mobility by increasing circulation and limiting swelling
Treating Multiple Sclerosis
Judy Bowen-Jones Lic Ac BSc Hons Ac MBAcC
Research Fact Sheets
For more information see the British Acupuncture Council Research Fact Sheet below.