An increasing number of multiple sclerosis sufferers are choosing natural remedies as alternatives to the usual prescription medication. The reasons for this vary, but for the majority, natural remedies often cause an improvement in the symptoms. There is no cure for the condition and the symptoms of the condition affect people differently. They include blurred vision, cognitive changes, weakness, and numbness. MS is usually diagnosed based on individual symptoms, a physical examination, and the results of an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) tests.
Natural Treatments That Can Help Manage Symptoms
Multiple sclerosis is a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. It’s a long-lasting disease that affects your brain, spinal cord, and your optic nerve. Sufferers have problems with basic body functions including balance, muscle control, and vision. Symptoms often come and go, and there are natural treatments that can help improve quality of life. For example:
- Nutrient-Dense Diet High in Healthy Fats – evidence has shown that a diet high in antioxidants and healthy fats may help manage symptoms. Fats are essential for forming and protecting the myelin sheath that covers the nerves. Antioxidants reduce oxidative damage. The ideal diet is one that is similar to the Mediterranean diet.
- Reduce Stress and Exercise More – physical exercise is now one of the most common natural treatments for MS. As well as decreasing the symptoms it helps with the management of stress, improves coordination and prevents or slows down the onset of disability. Mild physical exercise is the best, for example, swimming, yoga, tai chi, brisk walking, or light cycling.
- CBD Oil – CBD oil is now being prescribed by some doctors for the treatment of MS pain or muscle spasms. Wholesale hemp oil can also be purchased online.
- Limiting Exposure to Infections – good hygiene and protecting yourself from viruses and infections can reduce a flare-up.
- Essential Oils – a number of essential oils support the neurological system, such as frankincense oil and helichrysum oil. Basil oil and cypress oil can also be taken because they improve circulation and muscular functions.
- Vitamin D – it is thought that low levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of developing MS, as well as increasing disability in those already diagnosed with the disease. The best way to ensure you’re getting enough vitamin D is to expose your skin to sunlight for at least 15 minutes every day. There are also certain foods that are high in vitamin D.
- Taking Supplements – a variety of supplements can be taken to help boost the immune system and prevent symptoms such as weakness and fatigue. Fish oil, probiotics, vitamin B12, multi-vitamins, and astaxanthin are a few examples. Mustard oil, curcumin, green tea flavonoid extract, and cannabis have also shown to be helpful.
If you think you’re suffering with multiple sclerosis, it’s important to get a proper diagnosis from a specialist, because many of the symptoms can be caused by other diseases. There may be no cure for the disease, but the natural treatments mentioned above could help manage your symptoms.