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Multiple sclerosis – what are the treatment options

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a kind of condition in which the immune system does not respond as it should. It gets directed against the working of the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS entails optic nerves, spinal cord, and the brain. It is meant to work in tandem with the immune system. However, when MS occurs, it fails to do so.

Let’s take a look at some of the treatment options for multiple sclerosis.

Treatment for multiple sclerosis

Depending on the type, here are the common treatments for multiple sclerosis: 

There is no particular cause for multiple sclerosis. As a result, the treatment focuses on recovering fast after an attack rather than getting to the root. Here are the common measures: 

  • Corticosteroids, such as intravenous methylprednisolone and oral prednisone
  • Plasmapheresis  

Modifying progress

To deal with primary progressive multiple sclerosis, ocrelizumab is usually recommended. It is the only FDA-approved disease-modifying therapy available. For particular types of multiple sclerosis, where it keeps recurring, the doctor may use different treatments, depending on the intensity of the condition. Some of the common treatments for these include: 

  • Beta interferons
  • Glatiramer acetate
  • Fingolimod
  • Dimethyl Fumarate
  • Teriflunomide
  • Siponimod

Some of the other treatments for the signs and symptoms of MS include: 

  • Physical therapy
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Medicines used to reduce tiredness
  • Medicines to help increase walking speed

Home remedies for multiple sclerosis

There are plenty of other treatments available to help relieve the symptoms and deal with problems related to multiple sclerosis. Consume the following:

  • Vitamin A
    Vitamin A has proven to show results in delaying macular degeneration associated with age. It also consists of antioxidants, which can be helpful people with multiple sclerosis. 
  • Vitamin B-1
    Vitamin B-1 is also known as thiamin. It helps in the proper functioning of the brain and is also essential for nerve, muscle, heart function, and metabolism. Having foods rich in vitamin B-1 can help deal with different degenerative conditions. 
  • Cranberry
    This beloved fruit has a variety of health benefits. Diluted cranberry juice is rich in antioxidants. It has helped people with UTIs. People who have multiple sclerosis and suffer through bladder tract problems can go for this remedy as well. 
  • Mineral oils
    People with multiple sclerosis may suffer from constipation. Hence, one can use mineral oils as laxatives. However, ask a health expert before trying this remedy as prolonged usage can have negative consequences on the body.
  • Burdock root
    Burdock root is also known as Arctium lappa. It has been used for traditional medication for many centuries. It is also being studied for its different anti-inflammatory and antioxidant abilities. It does have a potential effect on all cancer, skin conditions, and has also shown to create a positive effect for MS. However, MS can result in allergic reactions, so proceed with caution before consuming this herb. 

All of these aforementioned measures can surely help one deal with multiple sclerosis better. But, in any case, if the problem is too severe, we highly recommend getting expert advice.