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Acupuncture for Patients with Multiple Sclerosis

When compiling this article and reading up about this after consulting with our acupuncturist I was in awe.  I was well aware of the great benefits of Acupuncture as a holistic approach, but I was stunned at how it proved to be an amazing treatment for this patient with Multiple Sclerosis.

What exactly is Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and what are the symptoms

 

To sum it up it is abnormal hardening of body tissue. It is a chronic, typically progressive disease involving damage to the sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, whose symptoms may include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred vision, and severe fatigue.

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The first bit of information I gathered goes something like this “Acupuncture may provide relief for some MS-related symptoms, including pain, spasticity, numbness and tingling, bladder problems, and depression. There is no evidence, however, that acupuncture can reduce the frequency of MS exacerbations or slow the progression of disability”

After reading that, one might feel that this is not an effective way to treat MS, never mind the symptoms. That being said, look at this amazing story:

 

“My name is Duane Perron. I am 65 years old and I have had Multiple Sclerosis since 1978. I was involved in a double-blind study in 1983 because things had gotten very bad. My MS is classified as Progressive-Relapsing MS.  My MS is on the left side of my body from head to toe. The optic nerve in my left eye does not function. I cannot hear in my left ear. I have trigeminal neuralgia on the left side of my face. My left arm is weakened. I drag my left leg along when I walk (shuffle). I cannot lift my left foot or wiggle my left toes. I have spasticity in both legs but very much so in the left leg. Then to add insult to injury, I am 100% left handed. She has been treating me for 2 months and this is the result so far.”

 

After Dean tried almost everything including ACTH and Cyclospasmal, exercise, and Bee Venom Therapy (I tried to get involved in the first but the clinics that were giving the injections and the year study were too far away for me to participate).    After his unsuccessful attempt with the latter he opted for the Acupuncture route. That was 2 months prior to him writing this article, here’s what happened:

 

  • This was Dean’s wife’s, and daughters’ comments after observing him after treatment
  1. “You are taking much larger steps”
  2. “you are lifting up your left leg not dragging it”
  3. “and you are standing up straight”
  • This was the response of his eye doctor (Dr. John Capino) for a 6 month checkup and he said:
  1. “I don’t know the reason but in all the tests run today, the parameters on the results have at least doubled. That should not occur but it did!”

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  • Over Labor Day weekend, my wife and I went away to the ocean for a bit of time off together. We stayed right on the beach. We walked around town, went out to eat some, did some cooking in the motel unit, read a lot, and each day we walked through the beach sand to the water and waded in the water and waves a number of times each day. Now I haven’t been able to walk in the sand at a beach or let waves hit my legs for at least 12 years!

Although this subject has not been researched thoroughly, and no definite tests has been proven, the story of Dean’s progress surely confirms that there must be something about using acupuncture if you see this guy’s results.

For the full story check out: http://www.acupuncture.com/testimonials/ms1.htm