In 1998, Dr. Wang practiced in New
York state where he saw many MS patients. He successful treated some of them
with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Some patients' symptoms and signs
were very well controlled and they enjoyed a normal life. Later on, he created
the formula called RiteMyelin. It helped many to slow down or relieve the
RiteMyelin is a pure Chinese
herbal medicinal formula that suppress and adjust the immune system and improve
the circulation. According to Chinese medicine, MS in nature is caused by a
complicated set of internal conditions such as deficiency and stagnation of qi
and blood, imbalanced function between the internal organs like kidney, liver and
spleen. After He moved to Canada, he saw more MS patients and improved the
herbal formula. More people have been helped with his expertise in the special
treatment of MS. Dr. Wang believes that proper combination of acupuncture,
medicinal herbs, prescription medications can help MS patients to stabilize
their conditions and slow down the progress, or even reverse some of the
What is multiple sclerosis (MS)?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a
nervous system disease that affects brain and spinal cord. It damages the myelin
sheath, the material that surrounds and protects nerve cells. This damage slows
down or blocks messages between the brain and the body, leading to the symptoms
of MS. They can include
- Visual disturbances
- Muscle weakness
- Trouble with coordination and balance
- Sensations such as numbness, prickling, or "pins and needles"
- Thinking and memory problems
What causes multiple sclerosis?
No one knows what causes MS. It
may be an autoimmune disease, which happens when your body attacks itself.
Multiple sclerosis affects woman more than men. It often begins between the ages
of 20 and 40. Usually, the disease is mild, but some people lose the ability to
write, speak or walk.
What are the treatments for Multiple Sclerosis?
If your attacks are mild or infrequent, your doctor may advise
a wait-and-see approach, with counseling and
Medications for relapsing MS
If you have a relapsing form of the disease, your doctor may recommend
treatment with disease-modifying medications early in the course of disease.
You can't take these medications if you're pregnant or may become pregnant.
These medications for multiple sclerosis treatment include:
Beta interferons. Interferon beta-1b (Betaseron) and
interferon beta-1a (Avonex, Rebif) are genetically engineered copies of
proteins that occur naturally in your body. They help fight viral infection
and regulate your immune system.
If you use Betaseron, you inject yourself under your skin (subcutaneously)
every other day. If you use Rebif, you inject yourself subcutaneously three
times a week. You self-inject Avonex into your muscle (intramuscularly) once
a week. These medications reduce but don't eliminate flare-ups of multiple
sclerosis. It's uncertain which of their many actions lead to a reduction in
disease activity and what their long-term benefits are. Beta interferons
aren't used in combination with one another; only one of these medications
is used at a time.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved beta interferons only
for people with relapsing forms of MS who can still walk. Beta interferons
don't reverse damage and haven't been proved to significantly alter
long-term development of permanent disability. Some people develop
antibodies to beta interferons, which may make them less effective. Other
people can't tolerate the side effects, which may include symptoms similar
to those of the flu (influenza).
Doctors generally recommend beta interferons for people who have more
than one attack of MS a year and for those who don't recover well from
flare-ups. The treatment may also be used for people who have a significant
buildup of new lesions as seen on an MRI scan, even when there may not be
major new symptoms of disease activity.
The FDA has approved the use of several beta interferons for people
who've experienced a single attack that suggests multiple sclerosis, and who
may be at risk of future attacks and developing definite MS. Risk of MS may
also be suggested when an MRI scan of the brain shows lesions that predict a
high risk of conversion to definite MS. Controversy exists as to whether
these people should take these expensive and often inconvenient drugs for
indefinite periods, especially because some people do well both in the short
term and long term without therapy. Some doctors prefer to observe people at
high risk with follow-up examinations and MRI scans to document any ongoing
inflammatory disease activity before recommending long-term therapies such
as beta interferon.
- Glatiramer (Copaxone). This
medication is an alternative to beta interferons if you have relapsing
remitting MS. Doctors believe that glatiramer works by blocking your immune
system's attack on myelin. You must inject glatiramer subcutaneously once
daily. Side effects may include flushing and shortness of breath after
Natalizumab (Tysabri). This drug is administered
intravenously once a month. It works by blocking the attachment of immune
cells to brain blood vessels ！ a necessary step for immune cells to cross
into the brain ！ thus reducing the immune cells' inflammatory action on
brain nerve cells.
During clinical trials, this drug was shown to significantly reduce the
frequency of attacks in people with relapsing MS. After receiving FDA
approval, however, the drug was withdrawn from the market because of reports
from three people who developed a rare, often fatal, brain disorder called
progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy.
In 2006, after reconsideration of the drug's benefits for people with
multiple sclerosis, the FDA agreed to allow the drug to be marketed again
under specific conditions. Chief among these conditions is the requirement
that doctors, pharmacists and patients be involved in a special distribution
program known as TOUCH in order to prescribe, dispense or receive the drug.
Because of the drug's risks, it's generally recommended only for people
whose condition hasn't responded to other forms of MS therapy. Furthermore,
there has been no study direct comparing natalizumab to existing treatments
to prove whether it's superior to existing treatments.
Other medications. Mitoxantrone (Novantrone) is a
chemotherapy drug used for many cancers. This drug is also FDA-approved for
treatment of aggressive forms of relapsing remitting MS, as well as certain
forms of progressive MS. It's given intravenously, typically every three
Mitoxantrone may cause serious side effects, such as heart damage, after
long-term use, so it's typically not used for longer than two to three
years. And it's typically reserved for people with severe attacks or rapidly
advancing disease who don't respond to other treatments. Close monitoring is
critical for anyone on this medication.
Some doctors are also prescribing other chemotherapy drugs, such as
cyclophosphamide (Cytoxan), for people with severe, rapidly progressing MS.
However, these medications aren't FDA-approved for treatment of MS.
Medications for progressive MS
Some medications may relieve symptoms of progressive
MS. They include:
- Corticosteroids. Doctors most often
prescribe short courses of oral or intravenous corticosteroids to reduce
inflammation in nerve tissue and to shorten the duration of flare-ups.
Prolonged use of these medications, however, may cause side effects, such as
osteoporosis and high blood pressure (hypertension), and the benefit of
long-term therapy in multiple sclerosis isn't established.
- Muscle relaxants. Baclofen (Lioresal)
and tizanidine (Zanaflex) are oral treatments for muscle spasticity. If you
have multiple sclerosis, you may experience muscle stiffening or spasms,
particularly in your legs, which can be painful and uncontrollable. This
typically occurs in people with persisting or progressive weakness of their
legs. Baclofen may temporarily increase weakness in your legs. Tizanidine
controls muscle spasms without causing your legs to feel weak, but can be
associated with drowsiness or a dry mouth.
- Medications to reduce fatigue. To
help combat fatigue, your doctor may prescribe an antidepressant medication,
the antiviral drug amantadine (Symmetrel) or a medication for narcolepsy
called modafinil (Provigil). All drugs prescribed for this purpose appear to
work because of their stimulant properties. One study has showed that
aspirin treatment may be effective in controlling MS-related fatigue;
further research is planned to address the benefits of aspirin on fatigue.
- Other medications. Many medications
are used for the muscle stiffness, depression, pain and bladder control
problems associated with multiple sclerosis. Drugs for arthritis and
medications that suppress the immune system may slow MS in some cases.
MS treatments other than medications
In addition to medications, these treatments also may
- Physical and occupational therapy. A
physical or occupational therapist can teach you strengthening exercises and
show you how to use devices that can ease the performance of daily tasks.
Therapists are usually supervised by doctors (physiatrists) who advise and
coordinate the therapy that you might receive. Therapists can assist you in
finding optimal mobility assistance devices such as canes, wheelchairs and
motorized scooters. These devices and exercises can help preserve your
- Counseling. Individual or group
therapy may help you cope with multiple sclerosis and relieve emotional
stress. Your family members or caregivers also may benefit from seeing a
Plasma exchange (plasmapheresis). Plasma exchange may
help restore neurological function in people with sudden severe attacks of
MS-related disability who don't respond to high doses of steroid treatment.
This procedure involves removing some of your blood and mechanically
separating the blood cells from the fluid (plasma). Your blood cells then
are mixed with a replacement solution, typically albumin, or a synthetic
fluid with properties like plasma. The solution with your blood is then
returned to your body.
Replacing your plasma may dilute the activity of the destructive factors
in your immune system, including antibodies that attack myelin, and help you
to recover. Plasma exchange has no proven benefit beyond three months from
the onset of the neurological symptoms.