By Neepa Sevak
Multiple Sclerosis is a volatile disease that encroaches on each individual in a different way. It is a chronic autoimmune nervous system disease that attacks neurons, which are the cells of the brain and spinal cord that transmit information, create thoughts and perception, and allow the brain to control the body. Surrounding and safeguarding these neurons is a layer of fat, called Myelin, which facilitates these neurons to carry electrical signals. Multiple Sclerosis causes gradual destruction of Myelin which disrupts the ability of the nerves to conduct electrical impulses to and from the brain.
Types of Multiple Sclerosis
- Relapsing – remitting Multiple Sclerosis: People with this category experience marked relapses of acute worsening of neurological function, followed by partial or complete recovery free of disease progression.
- Primary – progressive Multiple Sclerosis: This category individuals experience a slow but persistent worsening of their disease with no apparent relapses.
- Secondary – progressive Multiple Sclerosis: In this phase of the disease there is a preliminary period of deterioration, followed by progressive worsening with or without occasional flare-ups.
- Progressive – relapsing Multiple Sclerosis: During this phase there is gradual worsening from the onset with clear sensitive relapses.
Causes of Multiple Sclerosis
- Viruses – Measles, Rubella, Herpes Simplex type 2, Epstein Barr and Influenza
- Physical trauma to the brain or spinal cord
- Trauma from electric shock, anesthesia and surgery
- Exposure to certain chemicals, allergens and drugs
- Metabolic and endocrine changes associated with ovulation, menstruation and pregnancy
- Emotional stress such as suppressed anger, grief, rejection, humiliation and disappointment
- Strenuous physical effort such as overwork, lack of sleep, etc.
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis
- Weakness, tremors and numbness of extremities
- Changes in sensation in the arms, legs and face
- Difficulties with co-ordination and balance
- Impaired mobility
- Abnormal muscle spasms
- Flickering eye movements
- Complete or partial vision loss
- Double vision
- Difficulties with speech
- Incontinence of urine and stool
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Difficulty performing multiple tasks at one time
- Difficulty following detailed instructions
- Loss of short term memory
- Emotional instability
- Anger, anxiety, frustration, depression and hopelessness
- Suicidal tendencies
Homeopathic Approach to Multiple Sclerosis
Homeopathy views Multiple Sclerosis as attack by an individual’s immune system on their own nervous system. Homeopathic medicines are prescribed after taking into account the physical symptoms, along with the emotional and genetic make up that individualizes a person. Hence, homeopathic medicines will assist in bringing back deviations of immunity to normalcy. Early intervention with Homeopathy can assist in preventing further progress and hence deterioration caused by Multiple Sclerosis. Homeopathic remedies can help lessen fatigue, increase energy, warm up cold extremities, regain function, motor skills and detoxify the body. Homeopathic treatment combats Multiple Sclerosis, to cease new crises and control future relapses. The various expressions of this disease can be managed effectively, safely and gently with homeopathic remedies.
Self Care Measures
- Maintain good physical activity.
- Maintain good nutrition.
- Avoid getting sick by practicing good hand washing as infections may cause relapses.
- Avoid getting overheated, as heat can worsen your symptoms.
- Avoid stress and fatigue.
Hence, to improve the quality of life with a healthier long term prognosis of Multiple Sclerosis consider homeopathic constitutional treatment.