January 3, 2017

Alternative Therapies for Treating Multiple Sclerosis

primrose oil alternative therapy MSMultiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system where the protective covering of nerves called myelin becomes inflamed. Currently, there are no cures for the disease, but several available treatment options. It is common that patients use medical treatments and therapy to treat this disease, but given that there is no cure, more people are willing to try alternative or other complimentary therapies that may ease the patients’ symptoms when suffering from the disease. These therapies are not intended to cure MS but there is evidence that they are helpful if done alongside the prescribed treatment.

It is recommended that these alternative therapies be used only after being discussed with your doctor. For instance, acupuncture or yoga can be a stress reducer and help manage the symptoms of MS, but it can have other negative effects on your body. It is important that all forms of alternative medical treatment are discussed with your doctor first; doctors have the required knowledge of your health and possible interactions, thus are able to recommend the best actions for your health. They are able to point out any potential side effects or negative effects from the alternative treatment.

One example would be to take primrose oil, which may help in lessening the effects of MS symptoms.  Primrose oil contains linoleic acid, an ingredient easily found in sunflower seeds, which has underwent promising studies that show that it may ease symptoms of MS. Additionally, massage therapy is a commonly used option for patients with MS, as it can help reduce stress and depression. It is a low risk alternative treatment, but there is no hard evidence that this therapy helps with treating MS.

Some of these therapies can prove to be quite helpful for patients with MS, but consulting your physician before beginning them is vital. This will allow the patient to have a second opinion and the physician could suggest monitoring techniques to see if that therapy is working for the specific individual.

Sources:

Alternative and Complementary Therapies for MS. WebMD. Retrieved from: http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/guide/multiple-sclerosis-alternative-therapies#2

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February 23, 2010

5 Ways to Deal with Anger

Recently, I’ve been giving a lot of thought to anger problems and ways to manage anger. I, personally don’t have an anger problem (at least I don’t think I do), but one of my friends, who will remain nameless (KJ), might have a tiny anger problem. Let’s just say he punched a hole through his door after the Indianapolis Colts lost the Super bowl (that was the second door he broke in the span of two weeks). Needless to say, he may have to find some way to vent this anger.

1. Think Before You Act – As soon as you notice your anger building, try to really think about why you’re angry. Sometimes we (yes even me) become angered over simple things. By taking an extra few seconds to assess the situation, you may be able to calm yourself.

2. Recognize Your Anger – Before you can even begin to deal with your anger, you need to be able to realize when you are beginning to become angry.

3. Distract Yourself – By taking your mind off of something, you can find peace. I’ve seen many people use many different techniques to distract their minds from their anger. This could be simply squeezing a stress ball or putting a rubber band on your wrist, so you can snap the band to focus your mind on the minor and brief pain on your wrist.

4. Vent – For some people, preventing anger just doesn’t appear to be possible and they have to release their aggression. If this is you, try to USE your aggression in a beneficial or safe environment. I have a punching bag at home that I beat up every time I’m angry. I get some exercise in, release all the built up rage, and I’m too tired to even think about being angry by the end. Playing a sport is an excellent form of anger management.

5. Don’t Sleep On It – I tried to go to bed angry for many years thinking it would be better in the morning, but this just led to me being even angrier. I find that if you’re angry, it’s better to deal with it quickly instead of sleeping on it. If it’s late, try writing down what made you angry and why. You’ll probably end up writing more than you first intended and will most likely go completely off topic, but you’ll essentially clear your mind or at least forget about your anger.

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