MS is a process in which the immune system starts attacking the spinal cord and brain and even the eyes… but there are many herbs that can help those suffering from MS.
Many of them work to sooth the nervous system, heal the GI tract, boost the immune system, and help with inflammation.
Ashwaganda root is one of the best herbs for fatigue, stress, anxiety, and for helping with exhaustion and muscular energy. Also cramp bark is great for muscle cramps that are common with MS. Chamomile is a good soothing and relaxing along with oat straw, catnip, rhodiola, L-theanine, passion flower, all of them help with tension… and a little bit of valerian helps with insomnia too!
Carnitine also helps with fatigue and alpha lipoic acid seems to create improvements in those suffering from MS. In new studies Curcumin stopped the progression of the disease… plus other studies show that ginkgo biloba may have some benefit too… and Nicotinamide seems to help greatly in animal studies.
There are many herbs for the GI tract that work well especially for helping with candida yeast infections that are common with people suffering from MS. Taking probiotic bacteria will help balance the system and boost the immune system… and help to balance the rest of the body. Also barberry is a good anti-yeast herbal supplement that will help get rid of the yeast and promote growth of good bacteria. Slippery elm and marshmallow root work well for GI distress helping to coat the GI tract and prevent irritation. It could be that a lack of good bacteria in the gut which lowers the immune system might trigger this diseases.
Berries including acai, camu camu, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and all other food berries are good for boosting the immune system along with ginseng, echinacea, turmeric, ginger, and garlic and elderberry juice. Milk thistle and burdock root are important for detoxing the liver… thus boosting your immune system.
Licorice root is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent along with turmeric and garlic, plus myrrh and boswellia.
There seems to be some connection between levels of Vitamin D and MS so taking Vitamin D is highly recommended… as is Omega 3 Oils supplementation which seems to help.
Smoking, sun exposure, and having a weak immune system seem to be triggers for MS. Also stay away from soda, wheat, fast food, refine starches, sugar (use stevia instead), salt, coffee, dairy products, food additives, processed foods, meat, chemicals of all types in foods and in the environment… these all seem to make the condition worse.
Drink alkalizing green drinks such as chlorella, spirulina and cucumber and celery juices… there is some evidence that acid foods and being acidic causes problems… and this is also linked to weak immune system. Also eating lots of green leafy veggies boosts your immune system and helps your nervous system… remember eat organic and always eat none GMO foods.
Reflexology seems to have a long term impact on people suffering from MS, so frequent your local reflexologist as much as possible.
In Chinese medicine there are compounds called Nuplus or Quinary Powders that may being help. Find a good Chinese Medicine practitioner in your area and he will help you with many great herbal formulas and acupuncture, acupuncture has proven to be very effective for many of the symptoms of MS.
Yoga and meditation are very important for the stretching aspect and for calming the mind/body and thus helping with stress. Hypnosis is great for many of the symptoms of MS and also with stress which may be a trigger for MS. And exercise in general is very important for boosting your immune system and for keeping your body in shape.
Vitamins are very important for MS, make sure to take a good B complex vitamin and also a good all around general vitamin complex… plus taking antioxidants such as green tea will help.
Remember don’t give up… take care of yourself and live a long prosperous life!
Dr. Paul Haider – Master Herbalist, Counselor, and Spiritual Advisor for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, Center for Creative Living Church, Meditation for the Soul, and Relax Into Success, Punjab teas www.paulhaider.com