Chinese Herbal Medicine – Benefits and Basic Overview
Chinese herbal medicine is a treatment that is part of the overall healing philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, with emphasis on the use of plant substances to restore health and More...
Multiple sclerosis is a disorder that erodes the myelin sheath, the protective layer over every nerve that keeps electrical impulses within the nerves. Myelin is like the rubbery insulation around the power cord on a home appliance; multiple sclerosis causes the equivalent of hundreds of tiny breaks in this insulation, allowing electricity to leave its intended pathway.
Multiple sclerosis, an auto-immune disease caused by the body’s natural defense mechanisms, affects nearly 2.5 million people around the world, most of which are women. It is considered progressive and incurable, although some patients live many years without symptoms.
Multiple sclerosis often affects the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerve and can cause malfunctions that include numbness, lack of muscle control, and even mood disorders.
Some of the early signs of nerve damage due to Multiple Sclerosis are numbness and tingling, also known as parasthesia. People with MS also often have problems with balance, one-sided weakness, vision problems, slurred speech, paralysis, cognitive difficulties, and personality changes.
A study conducted by the University of Buffalo compared the number of lesions and brain sizes of patients diagnosed with MS. Researchers found that people who had no history of cigarette smoking had fewer lesions, or injuries, on their central nervous system. Those who had smoked, even for only 6 months of their life, had significantly less brain volume, another symptom of the disease.
Research has begun to paint the picture of medical necessity for cannabis use for people with MS. Several clinical trials over the past decade contribute to a growing evidence base supporting the use of cannabis for MS. Cannabis may be effective in treating muscle spasms, spastic tone, and shakiness in MS patients while improving general mobility, sleep quality, and an overall sense of well-being.
Italian physician Dr. Paolo Zamboni found what he believes may be a cure for multiple sclerosis after his wife’s MS diagnosis. Previous research had discovered that some MS patients had high levels of iron in their brain. Zamboni theorized that a vascular problem might be blocking the pathway for iron to leave the brain. He treated his wife’s MS by surgically repairing blood vessels in her brain, which he believes allowed excess iron to be discharged from her brain, thereby relieving all her MS symptoms.
Zamboni claims his surgical technique has been successful in resolving MS symptoms in almost 3 out of 4 patients he has treated. However, his results have not been duplicated by independent researchers and the technique is not yet accepted as a treatment for MS in the United States.
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