Multiple sclerosis is an auto-immune, inflammatory disease caused by an attack on the myelin sheath that covers the neurons, from the body’s own immune system that leads to interference in nerve impulse transmission.
Usually manifested by a broad spectrum of symptoms like blurred vision, difficulty maintaining body posture, loss of co-ordination, numbness, electric shock feeling, chronic pain, slurred speech, etc., multiple sclerosis can only be managed to an extent but has no permanent cure.
Moreover, the medical treatments and medications available for the management of this debilitating condition have several adverse effects, thus making natural treatments a luring alternative for most patients, despite the lack of concrete scientific evidence supporting their role in curing multiple sclerosis. If you are one among them, read on to explore different natural ways of effectively curing this disease.
Even though, multiple sclerosis is widely accepted as a consequence of the attack from your own body’s immune system, many researchers from England consider it to be a mis-diagnosis of a true infection caused by nano-bacteria, virus, mycoplasma, etc., that are approximately a thousand times tinier than the normal, visualisable microbes.
Hence, suppressing the virus that is driving the damage of myelin sheath and raising the immune response serve as an effective combinatorial approach for combating the symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis.
Boost the levels of immunomodulatory agents in the body by the consumption of foods like avocados, asparagus, nuts, carrots, spinach, broccoli, oranges, melons, grains, etc., that enhances your body’s ability to defend against the invading microbes.
Replacing your intake of polyunsaturated vegetable oils, partially hydrogenated oils and all deep-fried foods containing trans-fatty acids with mono-saturated fatty acids found in cod liver oil and polyunsaturated omega-3-fatty acids found in fish oil, walnuts, flax seeds, extra virgin olive oil, etc., can stabilize the cell membrane of the neurons, making it less susceptible to microbial attack. Also, vitamin C rich foods like citrus fruits, kiwi, papaya, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, etc., aids in the regeneration of the lost myelin sheath.
Eat plenty of organic fruits, green leafy vegetables and other foods like wheat, cereals, etc. that are rich in vitamins especially B vitamins to promote nerve cell repair. Scientists have found a correlation between low levels of vitamin D and an increased severity of multiple sclerosis.
In fact, children whose mothers have had a low intake of vitamin D through sun exposure or food supplements, during their first trimester have been found to have an increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis later in life. Hence, increase your intake of vitamin D either through sun exposure or by consuming its dietary sources like tuna, eggs, oranges, soy based foods, etc.
Since multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory disorder, consuming foods like ginger, turmeric, cherries, cinnamon, honey that are all packed with potent anti-inflammatory agents can help in the suppression of neuronal damage.
The best way to reperfuse the damaged nerve tissue is to increase your intake of anti-oxidants that flush out free radicals from the body and prevent oxidative stress.
Dihydrolipoic acid, a reduced form of lipoic acid is the only substance known so far that can quench every single free radical known to exist in the living tissue including both oxygen related and nitrogen related species.
Moreover, it has the ability to cross over the blood- brain barrier, which enables it to reperfuse the nerve tissues by bringing in oxygenation for the nerves. Its food sources include red meat, green vegetables, rice bran, brewer’s yeast, etc.
Also, green tea is the most common and an incredible source of powerful anti-oxidants. In addition to the aforementioned dietary changes, try replacing animal protein with plant protein and avoid milk and milk products in order to mitigate the symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis.
Besides, soothing and calming your nerves, yoga and moderate aerobic exercises on a regular basis works wonders in improving muscle and neural function. Pranayam involving deep breathing exercises supplies your neurons with enough oxygen to help them function properly.
Developing a hobby that you enjoy or an interest in reading stimulates the production of “feel good” hormones and natural pain killers that prevent the nerves from rapidly undergoing damage.
Reading or learning and exercise also stimulates the production of neurotrophic factors like Brain-derived neurotrophic factor, nerve growth factors, etc., that promotes the growth of new neurons and aids in the repair of damaged neurons in patients suffering from multiple sclerosis.
Other relaxation techniques like visualization, meditation and hypnotherapy can also speed up nerve impulse transmission, thus aiding in mitigating the symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a treatment technique involving the medicinal use of pure oxygen, administered by placing the patient in a well pressurized chamber to increase the delivery of oxygen to the nerves. The extra oxygen supplied to the nerves raises cell energy and supports nerve regeneration and growth.
It also helps in the correction of sedated nerves and prevents nerve interferences, thus promoting the speed and accuracy of electrical conductions along the neurons. It is to be performed by trained personnel who can constantly monitor the condition of the patient.
Lack of exposure to sufficient benign antigens during childhood, is sometimes attributed to an increased susceptibility of an individual to autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis.
In order to make up for the inefficient elimination of self reactive T-cells, helminthic therapy is used as an immunotherapy, which involves the inoculation of a patient suffering from multiple sclerosis with helminthes like hookworms and whipworms to deliberately promote their infestation into the body.
Helminths are specifically used, since these parasites had been living in our bodies for hundreds of years until modern humans evolved with a stronger immune system that eliminated them out of the body.
These parasites co-evolved inside our body and are now endowed with the capability of suppressing inflammation and ensuring that the immune system does not elicit an uncontrollable inflammatory response that can damage the neuronal membrane, which is a primary cause of multiple sclerosis.
However, do not attempt on trying these remedies on your own. If you wish to commence any dietary or lifestyle changes to treat multiple sclerosis, make sure that you consult and seek clearance from a qualified health care professional.
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