There have been small research studies suggesting a positive effect on MS related symptoms such as fatigue (one of the most prevalent and debilitating symptoms of multiple sclerosis), spasticity, pain bladder problems and depression.
While there have been no wide-scale clinical studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of acupuncture in MS patients, this traditional Chinese medicine is bases on a theory of body functioning that involves altering the flow of energy through 14 pathways (or meridians) in the body. And with the interruption of nerve signals associated with multiple sclerosis, improving one’s flow of energy seems only positive.
Acupuncture involves stimulating specific locations on the skin, usually by inserting disposable, metallic, thin needles into points along the meridians in order to alter the flow of energy. There is currently no evidence that acupuncture reduces the frequency of MS exacerbation or slows the progression of disability. Poor study design has made it difficult to draw any robust or definitive conclusions regarding the efficacy of this treatment, however combined with other alternative therapies it could yield very positive results.