At Beyond MS, Richard Beecroft has found acupuncture to be greatly beneficial in relieving his severe pain. It has also helped increase his energy and vitality.
Richard suffers from Trigeminal Neuralgia, a fairly common complication of MS. Acupuncture has significantly reduced the pain of this debilitating condition.
In a person with MS, the disease interferes with messages between the brain and the body. The reason acupuncture is so effective is because it causes endorphins and peptides in the brain to be released. These modulate the sensory information between the brain and body, thereby relieving pain.
Studies have found that when used along with alternative therapies, acupuncture also
- Reduces spasticity
- Improves bladder and bowel functions
- Alleviates tingling and numbness
Other reported benefits include:
- Improved vision
- Better sleep
- Less muscle spasms
- Improved balance, strength and well-being
- Reducing or eliminating impotence
A large study conducted by the Washington Acupuncture Centre, treated and tracked 10,000 MS patients over 3 years. Results showed those patients significantly improved by 85%.