Multiple Sclerosis (MS

There tends to be either a rapid increase in symptoms culminating in progressive paralysis throughout the body or a gradual evolution of the disease with periods of remission. In the second situation, a person can experience only limited symptoms in specific areas and continue to have overall good function of their bodies with occasional exacerbations of the disease. According to the Merck Manual, various factors can lead to destruction of the myelin sheath, termed demyelination, including strokes, inflammation, immune diseases, metabolic disorders and poisons or drugs. It states that it is easy to miss the early signs of the disease as symptoms can be very diverse in the first stages. About 400,000 Americans, mostly young adults, have the disease.

The cause of the disease is not known. Heredity seems to be a factor in some cases, but by no means in the majority. It seems to affect people who live in the tropics much less than those in temperate climate zones. Women are more likely than men to have the disease, symptoms appearing in people age 20-40. Demyelination can occur in any part of the brain or spinal cord and the symptoms depend on the area of nerves affected, affecting both sensory and motor function. Symptoms as mentioned can be very varied, often beginning with tingling, numbness in the affected part(s). There may be eye symptoms with partial blindness, double vision, blurred vision and pain in the eye(s). Then the disease can manifest sporadically and unpredictably for many years, except in those cases in which there is serious deterioration of function, often resulting in being wheel chair bound.

Homeopathy can effectively treat the symptoms of MS but in cases where the damage to the nerves is long term, it will not be able to return a person to full function. As with any disease in which there is structural damage to a part of the body, homeopathy will not be able to restore that part of the body. However, homeopathy can help to limit the development of the disease and can help restore as much function as possible.

As with any other condition in homeopathy, there are many remedies that can be used to treat MS. Some are made from plant sources and some from mineral sources. The picture of the disease is different in each person and therefore the remedy has to be tailored to fit the symptom picture of each individual. This is different to the conventional approach to the treatment of most diseases in which once a diagnosis is made, a limited number of medicines are given for that condition.

Homeopathy always seeks to understand the root causes of a disease and it is no different with MS. The question a homeopath always asks is "Why is this person's body producing the symptoms of MS?" Given that a fundamental principle of holistic healing is that the body always seeks to protect the integrity and well being of the whole organism, why does the body suddenly manifest symptoms of MS, instead of say, a migraine or a stomach ulcer. In homeopathy, an understanding of the whole person is vital in understanding the full complexity of any disease. All of us have strengths and weaknesses in our bodies and minds and it is only when our immune system and general well being is compromised that we see the weaknesses revealed. Some of these weaknesses are inherited and may be genetic and some are acquired in life due to a variety of factors.

With MS there does seem to be a genetic link in some but not all cases. Homeopaths have often seen an emotional component in cases of MS, especially prolonged and unresolved grief. It seems as if the trauma of a sudden or protracted grief will then be expressed in the body as MS. That is not to say that the consequences of grief cannot produce a whole variety of other physical conditions but only that the connection has been seen in the development of MS. In cases where there is a rapid development of serious symptoms of MS, with progressive paralysis, homeopathy can be effective in limiting the development of the disease but as mentioned it may not be able to restore a person to full function and cure the person of the disease. It depends on many factors, including the ability of the homeopathy to find the most effective remedies for this condition. It is recommended that you choose an experienced homeopath when seeking homeopathic treatment as this is not an easy condition to deal with. However, homeopathy should be able to prevent further degeneration of this serious condition and help maintain optimal possible functioning.

In the more slow developing type of MS with periods of attacks and remission, homeopathy should be able to effectively treat this and help reduce the incidence of attacks. There is no reason why a significant improvement cannot be made. As with any other condition, homeopathy treats the whole person, and therefore any other conditions, mental or physical, existing along with the MS, should also be improved. The goal of homeopathy is not only to help improve the symptoms but also prevent their return. If the body can be effectively stimulated to cure itself, the goal of any homeopathic treatment, then this will be the consequence of homeopathic treatment.

Homeopathy can be used in conjunction with conventional drugs being given for MS. As with any condition, homeopathy works more effectively the less conventional drugs are used. Sometimes the drugs can hide the symptom picture, making it more difficult to discern the true picture of the condition. In other cases, it makes it harder to know whether the correct remedy has been given, an important thing for the homeopath to know as there are many possible remedies for MS. The conventional drugs given for MS are also rather strong and have their own problems with side-effects and should be embarked on when all other options have been exhausted.