Use of acupuncture to treat MS symptoms

Sep 23, 2013
Maine Coast Acupuncture Alliance, front from left, Mary O'Herin, Jolinda Rockett; and back, Eileen Murray, Abi Morrison.

Rockland — The October meeting of Keep S’myelin will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, at 11:30 a.m. at Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care and Hospice at 170 Pleasant St.

An awareness group for those with multiple sclerosis, their caregivers, and friends, Keep S’myelin is affiliated with the Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Representatives from Maine Coast Acupuncture Alliance will speak about the use of this alternative therapy and how it can be used to treat some symptoms of MS. A panel of four experts in the field, Eileen Murray, Abi Morrison, Mary O’Herin, and Jolinda Rockett will explain the benefits of acupuncture and answer questions from the group.

Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat a variety of conditions, and there is some evidence that the use of acupuncture among people with MS may be beneficial in relieving some symptoms. According to two recent surveys in the United States and Canada, approximately 20 to 25 percent of respondents with MS had tried acupuncture for the relief of pain, spasticity, numbness and tingling, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and bowel and bladder symptoms.

Keep S’myelin meeting programs are varied, often including speakers addressing various subjects of interest to the group. For more information please call Tom at 354-0285 or Brian at 236-2307.

Early and ongoing treatment with an FDA-approved therapy can make a difference for many people with multiple sclerosis. Learn about options by talking to a health care professional and contacting the National MS Society at nationalMSsociety.org or call 1-800-344-4867.

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