A functional medicine approach to MS has the possibility of reversing the disease process by enabling your body to heal itself.
As with any disorder or illness, the functional medicine approach is not as concerned with the symptoms of a particular disease as much as it is with the underlying cause of the disease. When the body functions properly, symptoms diminish, and illness is no longer present.
Spectrum of Autoimmune Disorders
MS is one of many autoimmune disorders. An autoimmune disorder, by definition, is when your immune system mistakes healthy cells as a threat and responds by attacking them. In the case of MS, the immune system is attacking the protective covering of nerves (myelin). This creates scar tissue on the nerves and interrupts messages sent along the nerves to the brain and spinal cord.
The symptoms of MS are varied and can range from mild to severe. According to the National MS Society, common symptoms include fatigue, difficulty walking, numbness or tingling, involuntary muscle spasms, weakness, vision problems, dizziness and vertigo, bladder a ...