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Multiple Sclerosis Demylation MS Homeopathic Treatment



Multiple sclerosis is the disease of nervous system. The disease affects young individuals & has a prolonged course. It causes disability at the prime of life. The disease is marked by frequent remissions and relapses. It is an inflammatory, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS). MS lesions, characterized by perivascular infiltration of monocytes and lymphocytes, appear as indurated areas in pathologic specimens; hence, the term sclerosis in plaques.

'Autoimmune' means that the body's immune system becomes confused about some part of the body it is designed to protect. It is also known as disseminated sclerosis or encephalomyelitis disseminate. It attacks that part of the body as if it were a foreign invader.

Multiple sclerosis or MS affects a person's ability to move, to feel, and to control his or her body functions. The progress, severity and specific symptoms in MS are unpredictable.



It is two to three times more common in the female population than with males and usually has an onset from the teen years up to age fifty.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, approximately 400,000 Americans acknowledge having multiple sclerosis or MS, and every week about 200 people are diagnosed. Worldwide, MS may affect 2.5 million individuals.


Most people experience their first symptoms between the ages of twenty and forty. Symptoms rarely begin before the age of fifteen or after sixty. Women are twice as likely to get multiple sclerosis or MS as men, especially in their early years. MS is more common among some ethnic groups than others. For example, the disease is more common in North America and northern Europe than in other parts of the world. MS is very rare among Asians, Indians of North and South America, and Eskimos.

Modern Classifications of Multiple Sclorosis


Several subtypes of MS have been described. Subtypes use the past course of the disease in an attempt to predict the future course. They are important not only for prognosis but also for therapeutic decisions. There are four standardized subtype definitions:

1. relapsing remitting

2. secondary progressive

3. primary progressive

4. progressive relapsing

1.Relapsing-remitting MS is characterized by unpredictable relapses followed by periods of months to years of relative quiet (remission) with no new signs of disease activity. This form accounts for about 80% of individuals suffering from MS.

2.Secondary progressive MS describes around 65% of those with an initial relapsing-remitting MS, who then begin to have progressive neurologic decline between acute attacks without any definite periods of remission. Occasional relapses and minor remissions may appear. The median time between disease onset and conversion from relapsing-remitting to secondary progressive MS is 19 years.

3.The primary progressive subtype describes the approximately 10–15% of individuals who never have remission after their initial MS symptoms. It is characterized by progression of disability from onset, with no, or little remissions.

4.Progressive relapsing MS describes those individuals who, from onset, have a steady neurologic decline but also suffer clear superimposed attacks. This is the least common of all subtypes affecting about 5% of individuals suffering from MS.

 

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis Demylation (MS)

Some of the common symptoms include haziness and dimness of vision, double vision, scanning speech, tremors of hands and legs, weakness of one or more limbs, numbness and tingling pains in the limbs, vertigo and loss of balance, etc.

• Patients who improve after acute attacks have relapsing stage called as secondary progressive MS.

• Primary progressive MS: disability without interruption (ie, without remissions) from the time of disease onset. 1. Weakness of only one limb, which gradually progresses to involve other limbs and may culminate in total paralysis.

2. More weakness of the legs as well as incontinence (a reflection of greater spinal cord involvement).

• visual, cognitive, or cerebellar symptoms are also noted.

• signs of brain or spinal cord atrophy are indicative of a neurodegenerative process, indicating that MS is not only an inflammatory disease.

1. Short-term memory problems

2. Difficulty executing sequential tasks

3. Visuospatial disturbances.

• The term benign multiple sclero

sis is most often applied to cases where the disease is shown to have run a mild course over the years (approx 10% of MS cases). • Patients with MS tend to experience variable degrees of fatigue. This symptom is typically described as either physical exhaustion or mental/cognitive slowing. It must be differentiated from depression (which may, however, coexist), lack of sleep, and exertional exhaustion due to disability. Patients may feel particularly fatigued after taking a hot shower or after strenuous activity in heated environments. Heat exposure may also lead to episodes of optic nerve dysfunction

• in an acute and clinically fulminant there will be coma or death.

• prominent ataxia, hemiparesis or paraparesis, depression, or visual symptoms. Bipolar disorder and frank dementia may appear late in the disease course, but sometimes are found at the time of initial diagnosis. • Symptoms can be exacerbated by intercurrent illness, including viral or bacterial upper respiratory or urinary tract infections.

• Trauma has no impact on disease exacerbation.

• The impact of emotional stress on exacerbations is probably minimal and remains controversial.

• Optic neuritis presents clinically as orbital pain, at rest or during eye movement, and loss of vision. Patients may complain of "patchy loss of vision,"

• Patients may experience color desaturation even with normal visual acuity, usually manifested as the perception of red color as different shades of orange or gray.

• facial palsies or trigeminal neuralgia.

• Episodes of central (as opposed to peripheral) vertigo are not uncommon.

• Difficulty controlling their emotions (laughing, crying)

Behavioral/cognitive symptoms may also include social disinhibition, dementia, or depression.

A greater tendency for attempting and committing suicide

• Urinary retention and incontinence are common.

• Bowel habit changes may occur, but bowel incontinence is less frequent.

• Sexual dysfunction affects the great majority of patients

1.symptoms such as lack of desire

2.erectile dysfunction

3.impaired sexual responsiveness

4.premature ejaculation

5. Impaired genital sensation, or inability to physically interact with the partner due to painful leg adductor muscle spasms.

 

Causes of Multiple Sclerosis or MS:

Exact cause of multiple sclerosis is not known. It is believed to be due to the following reasons :

    Genetics

    Multiple sclerosis or MS is not considered a hereditary disease. However, a number of genetic variations have been shown to increase the risk of developing the disease. The risk of acquiring MS is higher in relatives of a person with the disease than in the general population, especially in the case of siblings, parents, and children.

    Environmental factors:-

    Different environmental factors, both of infectious and non infectious origin have been proposed as risk factors for multiple sclerosis or MS.

    MS is more common in people who live farther from the equator, although many exceptions does exist. Decreased sunlight exposure has been linked with a higher risk of multiple sclerosis or MS. Decreased vitamin D production and intake has been the main biological mechanism used to explain the higher risk among those less exposed to sun.

    Severe stress may also be a risk factor although evidence is weak. Smoking has also been shown to be an independent risk factor for developing MS. Association with occupational exposures and toxins mainly solvents has been evaluated, but no clear conclusions have been reached. Several other possible risk factors, such as diet and hormone intake, have been investigated.

    Infections:-

    Multiple sclerosis or MS has been seen in people infected with or history of infection with viruses such as human herpes virus, Epstein-Barr virus.

    Oligoclonal bands have been detected which results from increased level of IgG which is a byproduct of demyelination. This shows the probable link between infections and MS. Other diseases that have also been related with multiple sclerosis or MS are measles, mumps and rubella..

Self Care Measure:

1. Avoid GLUTEN rigidly. [That means you should avoid all use of wheat, barley, oats and rye, all of which contain gluten, and this includes foods made from or containing these grains or the gluten from them, such as Weetabix, Shredded Wheat, Wheat Germ Flakes, Forment, all-bran, white and brown bread, cakes, puddings, biscuits, porridge, rye and wheat crispbreads, all kinds of pasta, semolina, Bisto, etc.] Instead have Indian basmati rice

2. Also, completely cut out all REFINED SUGAR.

3. Avoid ANIMAL FATS. Have fish and seafoods instead.

4. Avoid all DAIRY PRODUCTS and MARGARINES.

5. Avoid CAFFEINE, ALCOHOL and SMOKING, which all affect the nervous system

6. Use olive oil or coconut oil for cooking and salads.

7. Whenever possible eat foods as fresh as possible, not refrigerated or frozen.

8. Eat raw vegetables, such as shredded cabbage, raw grated carrots and beetroot.

9. Eat lots of dark green leafy salads, legumes, nuts and seeds.

10. Eat fresh fruits every day.

Homoeopathic Treatment:

Though the condition produces life-impairing symptoms, the exact cause of this condition is not clear. Recent research suggests that the disease is due to disturbance of immune system where body’s own defense mechanism starts attacking body’s own organs and tissues. The genetic and heredity factors are at the root of this alteration of immune system.

To sum up, multiple sclerosis is a constitutional disorder and calls for an in-depth constitutional approach towards its management. Homeopathy, too, is based on the constitutional approach. Homeopathy medicines are prescribed after taking into account the presenting complaints along with physical, emotional and genetic make up that individualizes a person. Homeopathy medicines being deep-acting assist in bringing back deviations of immunity to normalcy.

Homeopathy uses small  doses of the medicines for the treatment of all the problems patient is suffering with. The quality of life affected by this disorder can effectively be taken care by homoeopathy.Homeopathic medicines are selected after a full individualizing examination and case analysis, which includes the medical history of the patient, physical and mental constitution and so on.While choosing the homeopathic medicine the cause of various symptoms of multiple sclerosis or MS is also evaluated such as hereditary factors, smoking, mental stress, infections and so on. This is overlooked by the allopathic practitioners.

Proper prescription of homeopathy remedies makes the immune system work more efficiently. Homeopathic constitutional treatment will reinforce the immune system by escalating the number of specialized white blood cells called T-lymphocytes that are vital in the body's defense against certain bacteria and fungi, assisting in making antibodies, and facilitating in the recognition and rejection of foreign tissues.

Homeopathic medicines also help in slowing down the progress of the disease and the development of complications. The treatment can help in inducing the periods which are symptom free and can also assist in improving the immunity so that the patient does not face frequent relapses. Homeopathic treatment also improve mental and physical stress, and alters the hereditary predisposition to the disease.

Timely administration of the homeopathic medicines can easily take care of the relapses and will save you from surgery which is a physical, mental and economic trauma to the patient.

In the advanced stages of multiple sclerosis or MS homeopathy treatment can be combined with the conventional or allopathic treatment to relieve the patient. Homeopathic remedies comprehensively help improve the quality of life.

There are  homoeopathy remedies which give great relief in multiple sclerosis or MS. However, the correct choice and the resulting relief is a matter of experience and right judgment on the part of the homeopathic doctor. The treatment is decided after thorough case taking of the patient. Thus homeopathic medicies of MS or multiple sclerosis are tailor made unlike allopathy in which all patients receive the same drugs although trade name may be different.

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Dr. GURPREET SINGH MAKKAR is a dynamic homeopath from India(pb). He is an ardent student of classical Homeopathy. He is a registered doctor degree holder (B.H.M.S.) from Sri Guru Nanak Dev Homoeopathic medical college(S.G.N.D Barewal Ludhiana,PUNJAB, India.
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