Acupuncture for MS Patients
Acupuncture, which is one form of traditional Chinese medicine, is based on a theory of body functioning that involves the flow of energy—known as qi (pronounced
According to two recent surveys in the United States and Canada, approximately 20-25% of respondents with MS had tried acupuncture for the relief of pain, spasticity, numbness and tingling, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and bowel and bladder symptoms. Of those who had tried acupuncture for symptom relief, 10-15% indicated that they planned to continue using it. To date, however, there have been no controlled clinical trials to evaluate the safety and efficacy of acupuncture in people with MS.