Acupuncture works to bring the body’s various systems into balance, including the nervous and endocrine systems. By improving circulation and nerve conduction, acupuncture can provide relief from MS-related symptoms like pain, spasticity, fatigue, numbness, tingling, bowel and bladder issues, anxiety and depression.
According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, two recent surveys in the United States and Canada show as many as 25% of respondents with Multiple Sclerosis had tried acupuncture to help alleviate MS symptoms. That’s a higher percentage than the general population.
Unfortunately, there is no evidence that acupuncture can cure or slow the progression of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). As a result, acupuncture should only be used as a supplement to medical treatments – not a substitute – after consulting with a physician who specializes in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis. However, studies have proven acupuncture to be safe and well-tolerated by the vast majority of patients.