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  • Marlo Rapp

Acupuncture for Multiple Sclerosis

Updated: Nov 30, 2022

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a chronic condition that affects the brain and spinal cord. Multiple sclerosis causes many different problems and symptoms, including:

  • Problems with balance

  • Bladder dysfunction

  • Spasticity (stiffness)

  • Vision loss

  • Pain

  • Fatigue

  • Impaired coordination

In MS, the immune system is also triggered to attack the brain and spinal cord, this damages the myelin, which is the protective layer surrounding nerve fibers.

The symptoms, durations, and severity of MS can vary greatly from person to person. While some people can be symptom free most of their lives, others can struggle with severe chronic symptoms that never go away.

The cause of MS is unknown. Due to the nature of the disease wherein the immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord, MS is considered an autoimmune disease. MS can occur at any age, but onset is typically between 20 and 40, and women are more than 2-3 times as likely as men to have it.

There is no cure for MS. The most common methods of managing MS symptoms include physical therapy and medications that suppress the immune system. However, a growing body of research is finding great potential in acupuncture for managing symptoms of MS.


Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM. It has been been used for thousands of years to help promote balance, healing, and well-being. Acupuncture treatments involve the placement of tiny, thin needles into specific points on the body to help activate energy and promote healing and balance.This process stimulates movement of energy within the body, allowing natural healing to take place.

Acupuncture helps to decrease pain, prevent illness and support wellness. When acupuncture needles are inserted at specific points they send signals to the brain to help start the body's natural healing process. Acupuncture has been used for countless ailments, including musculoskeletal, digestive, neurological, hormonal, gynecological, emotional, respiratory, pain, and weight management.

Acupuncture for MS

Research suggests that acupuncture may be beneficial for alleviating some symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), including:

  • Pain

  • Spasticity

  • Numbness

  • Tingling

  • Bladder Problems

  • Depression

Research studies show benefits for symptom relief, including a 2022 review of 31 studies that found acupuncture beneficial for increasing the quality of life for people with Multiple Sclerosis.

Study results noted:

  • improved bladder function

  • pain reduction in the limbs

  • improved gait

  • less fatigue

  • reduction in spasms

  • a reduction in relapses

  • delays in disease progression

  • improved regulation of the neuroimmune system

Additionally, a 2017 study of people with relapsing-remitting MS found that acupuncture was beneficial for:

  • improving gait impairment

  • reducing spasticity

  • reducing fatigue

  • improving balance

Hot Springs Acupuncture and Holistic Services

Our Hot Springs Acupuncture and holistic services include:

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine

  • Acupuncture Therapy

  • Injection Therapy

  • E-Stim/Electroacupuncture

  • Cupping

  • Moxibustion

  • Tuina Therapy

  • Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture

  • Acupressure

  • Herbal & Nutritional Therapy

Interested in learning more about how acupuncture can help with MS symptoms? Contact us now!

Four Seasons Acupuncture Hot Springs Arkansas

Acupuncture, TCM, cupping, injection therapy, Chinese Herbs, moxibustion, tuina, nutritional therapy, and more!

Located in the heart of Hot Springs, Arkansas, just minutes from Lake Hamilton, AR,

Pleasant Hill, AR, Red Oak, AR, Price, AR, and Malvern, AR.

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