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Acupuncture and Natural Medicine for Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease
, one in which your immune system attacks your body's own tissues. With MS, the tissue
under attack is the central nervous system, or more specifically myelin,
the protective coating that wraps around nerves. When myelin is damaged
it disrupts the normal communication between your central nervous
system (brain and spinal cord) and the rest of your body. This can
result in muscle weakness, spasms, and a lack of coordination and
balance that sometimes makes it difficult to walk or stand.
MS patients often experience vision problems, cognitive impairments
(typically memory loss and problems concentrating), as well as pain and
sensations of numbness, burning, and prickling (neuropathy).
MS most often strikes adults in their 20's to 40's causing disability
that ranges from mild to very severe. When MS attacks come and go
unpredictably, it is called relapsing-remitting MS. The cause of MS is
unknown and there is no cure.
Relapsing-remitting MS is commonly
treated with prescription drugs in an attempt to manage various
symptoms, reduce the frequency and severity of attacks, and slow the
progression of the disease. These medications can include
immuno-suppressants, immuno-stimulants, interferons, muscle stimulants,
and glucocorticoids (steroids). They cannot cure MS, but they can be
very helpful to many people. Like all medications, however, they come
with side effects that include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, liver
damage, hair loss, and recurrent or persistent flu-like symptoms. More
importantly, some of these medications can make you more susceptible to
How We Can Help
At Maryland Holistics, we offer acupuncture
and natural care options that can help you better manage the symptoms
Acupuncture, for example, is a complementary treatment therapy that many
MS patients have used to relieve or reduce a variety of symptoms. Very
few clinical studies have investigated acupuncture's effectiveness
specifically for MS. Many studies, however, have shown that it can
reduce symptoms such as fatigue, chronic pain, insomnia, neuropathy,
spasticity, and urinary incontinence in patients who do not have MS.
Acupuncture can also reduce the stress, anxiety and depression
that it so often experienced by people with MS, and promote a deep sense of well being.
Unlike prescription drugs, acupuncture is virtually free of any side
effects when performed by an experienced practitioner. The National
Institutes of Health (NIH) has concluded that acupuncture is remarkably
safe and can be considered a reasonable treatment option that warrants
further study to better understand how it achieves its positive effects.
In addition to acupuncture, we will also review lifestyle issues that bear
on your overall health and well being. In addition to acupuncture, Dr. Windsor
also offers expert advice on diet and nutrition
, the right amount of exercise, work/life adjustments, meditation
and other stress reducing therapies. We believe these are critical
factors in managing the symptoms of MS as part of an overall medical
treatment plan that can help you reach your personal goals.
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About Maryland Holistics
Maryland Holistics LLC is the private practice of Dr. Eric Windsor, D.Ac., L.Ac.
Our serene, professional office is located in Ellicott City, MD.
Maryland Holistics has provided care to thousands of satisfied customers
since opening in 2009. Dr. Windsor is a preferred provider in the
CareFirst, Blue Cross Blue Shield, GEHA, and United Healthcare networks.
3525 Ellicott Mills Dr., Ste E
Ellicott City, MD 21043