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Scalp Acupuncture for MS

October 23, 2015

Many people rely on scalp acupuncture in order to manage their multiple sclerosis symptoms. It has proven to be effective in improving symptoms, but also the patient’s quality of life. Acupuncture is also known to lower the risk of relapse, slow the progression of disability and better bladder/bowel control.

The best part about this treatment is that it can usually relieve symptoms immediately. The areas in which the needles are to be inserted are to be chosen according to symptoms. Patients with motor problems is the motor area and the sensory. Patients with limb spasms should insert the needle to the tremor area of the head. The foot-motor area is for patients with bladder/bowel problems. The needles are to be rotated 150+ times in a minute, every ten minutes, with the thumb and index finger moving in a clockwise motion. They are to be twirled as vigorously as tolerable. Leave the needles in for 45 minutes to an hour and perform again every 2-3 days.

There are many different acupuncture techniques to treat MS. Although scalp acupuncture has the fastest track record for improving symptoms, other techniques are also necessary for further improvement. Regular body acupuncture, electric acupuncture and moxibustion, as well as physical therapy and massage, can combine with scalp acupuncture to speed up the time of recovery. Be sure to talk to a physician before undergoing this type of treatment.