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Advances in Complementary & Alternative medicine

Acupuncture and Multiple Sclerosis: A Follow-Up for Fourteen Years

  • Open or Close Bottino J and da Silva JBG*

    Department of Medicine II, Rio Preto Medical School (FAMERP), Brazil

    *Corresponding author: João Bosco Guerreiro da Silva, Rua Pernambuco, 3147 CEP 15015-770, São José do Rio Preto SP, Brazil

Submission: January 29, 2018; Published: February 16, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/ACAM.2018.01.000513

ISSN: 2637-7802
Volume1 Issue3

Abstract

Introduction: The lack of a standard treatment leads many Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients to Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Acupuncture is one of the most searched of these treatments, although there is no strong evidence of its effectiveness.

Case presentation: This paper relates an 14-year follow-up of a female patient, aged 46, addressing the role of acupuncture in the control of symptoms such as numbness, pain, fatigue, stress, and depression and how this could affect her quality of life, in her own words. We suspected that her symptoms responded directly proportional to the frequency of sessions because in the last Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) she did not present new lesions.

Conclusion: We are aware that MS is very unpredictable, and these achievements could be a consequence of the natural history of the disease, but we would like to call attention for the use of acupuncture.

Keywords: Multiple sclerosis; Acupuncture; Acupuncture therapy; Quality of life; Fatigue; Depression; Case report

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