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Natural Herbs and Supplements to Help Combat MS

By Daryl H. Bryant (597 words)
Posted in Living with MS on January 10, 2014

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Natural Herbs and Supplements to Help Combat MS

While there currently is no OTC, prescription medications or supplements that cure MS, individuals diagnosed with the disorder have found that a number of herbal, mineral and vitamin preparations inhibit progression of the disease, help diminish symptoms or extend periods of remission. Under the guidance of a healthcare provider, patients may begin taking some of the more common formulations. These preparations have helped some MS patients to get closer to living symptom free.

Bilberry Leaf

Also referred to as huckleberry, the plant is closely related to and resembles the blueberry. The fruit and leaves of the plant have long been used as a dietary supplement or in alternative medicines. Various cultures have and continue to use bilberry leaf for treating everything from circulation abnormalities to scurvy and visual disturbances. Though research remains limited, there is evidence that suggests bilberry harbors antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that decrease inflammation, help maintain cognitive function and enhance vision.


The unsweetened and 100 percent pure juice derived from the berries has historically been recommended for anyone suffering from urinary tract infections. In liquid or tablet form, the antioxidant rich cranberry extract may benefit MS patients experiencing chronic bladder issues.

Dandelion Leaves and Roots

Arabic, Korean and Native American cultures have all believed in the benefits of the common weed for properties that aid in digestion, fatigue and immune health. In addition to providing vitamins, minerals and fiber, studies indicate that the plant indeed possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant characteristics, which may help alleviate MS symptoms.

Huo Ma Ren

Commonly known as Chinese Hemp Seed and belonging to the cannabis family, the traditional Oriental herb causes sedation and possesses possible anti-inflammatory properties. Some research suggests that the seeds also may inhibit nerve degeneration while decreasing spasticity. While certain practitioners believe that using the plant benefits MS patients, the use of hemp plants within the medical community remains controversial.


The familiar kitchen spice contains a substance known as curcuminioids, which researchers claim have anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective characteristics. Trial studies indicate that these components play a favorable role in minimizing the symptoms of a variety of autoimmune disorders including MS.

Vitamin B1, B6 and B12

Though not usual, patients having MS or other degenerative nerve disorders may also suffer from vitamin B deficiencies, which are essential and responsible for everything from cardiovascular, nerve and muscle function to healthy red blood cells. A lack of normal blood levels might also contribute to cognitive impairment and mood disorders. Simple blood tests determine deficiencies and physicians may recommend supplementation as needed.

Vitamin D

Mounting evidence suggests that deficient levels of this vitamin closely correlate with the development, exacerbation or progression of MS and the symptoms commonly associated with the disorder. Necessary for cellular, tissue and organ maintenance throughout the body, oral supplementation has become increasingly common, especially if going outdoors on a routine basis is contraindicated.


Though the body only requires a small amount of this mineral, the substance’s importance extends from enhancing the immune system to correcting skin conditions or reversing vision problems. Researchers found that some MS patients may have zinc deficiencies.

Comments (14)

Laura Lewars posted on: January 10, 2014

I agree with you. In fact there are many other natural products I use and recommend to my clients both with and without MS.

I was diagnosed in 1995 although I've always felt it is Lyme. I've gone back to school and am an herbalist and naturopath and plan on studying homeopathy soon. I use diet and natural therapies for my health with no new "attacks" for 14 years.

Lori posted on: January 10, 2014

Love this article!! I was diagnosed in 2003 with MS and had the most problems with fatigue, cognitive function with speech, brain fog, headache and numbness of left side . I was introduced to Advocare nutritional a 2 years ago and it has helped all those symptoms. I feel great, work full time as a clinic nurse, excercise and ride bikes in summer and can honestly say I have not felt this good before. I have not had any flair-ups in 2 yrs and in August my Doctor let me go off my Copaxone injections. Brain fog and headaches disappeared and I owe it ALL to supplements and the great nutritionals Advocare has put together. If anyone wants to ask me more I am here to help others feel this good. It didn't cure my MS , but it has helped with symptoms and fatigue that I forget I have it! Praise God!!

pat rowley posted on: January 10, 2014

I take a lot of med's can I use these herb's? I do shake a lot and I have had MS since 1996 I was doing well until 3 years ago. now I shake,fall & I'm very nervous. Please let me know, Thank-You. pat

mary rose posted on: January 10, 2014

Lori, please tell me more about advocare!

Andrea posted on: January 10, 2014

Lori-curious what you take. I'm also into Advocare and have RRMS

Judy posted on: January 10, 2014

Lori ,
Would love to know what supplements you take. Fatigue is a big problem for me and left side weakness.

Norma Merce posted on: January 10, 2014

I've been taking a variety of supplements and have adjusted my diet to include a lot more leafy greens and less carbs…the results have been pretty amazing. Aside from B12 complex, and Zinc, I also take "NutriFeron" by a company called Shaklee. I was skeptical about it, but decided to give it a shot, since the only way to prove that something works is to experiment. In my experience, it is as close to living a normal life as I could wish. My fogginess is gone, I can walk without a cane, the tingly feelings are gone and my speech has improved tremendously. I would recommend that others experiment too to see what works for them.

Marilyn posted on: January 11, 2014

I was diagnosed in 1993 and was on Rebif for a couple of years but saw no results and it is very costly. Now I take a pill for restless legs, one for spasms, one for sleep and another for back spasms. I have a neurogenic bladder so I have to cath to void. I am losing my ability to walk. If any of you have ideas for me, I would be more than willing to try it. I am getting pretty discouraged.

Martin Podvojsky posted on: January 11, 2014

pat rowley, I have been diagnosed with MS for 10 years, but for about the past 2 years my intention tremors have been getting worse and worse, making it difficult to do even common daily activities. Do you, or anyone else on here, know of any helpful herbs (or medications) to help with this problem?

Chris Gartland posted on: January 11, 2014

Lori, what is Advocare? I don't have MS, but my wife does. Diagnosed in 1999. Fairly asymptomatic besides fatigue and some vision issues. I'll look it up, but I'd like to know more from you...

Lynda posted on: January 26, 2014

Lori please tell me what you are taking.
I had an attack in 2009 my left eye, (optic neuritis)
Now my right eye just last weekend.
I have had numbing in face & tiredness.
I& 39;m so worried, we just got married in Oct.
I& 39;m a beautician/makeup artist only 27 next mth & if this is ms my career could really suffer.
I hadn& 39;t been back to the doctor re my other symptoms because I never realised they were ms symptoms until this weekend looking up everything.
Also have low blood pressure now soo a lot of these can be due to that too??
I need advice & help! Thanks so much!!

Jessica posted on: April 10, 2015

Hello I was diagnosed with RRMS in 2011 at age 21. I have a friend at work who is doing the 24 day challenge from Advocare. Curious if any one has tried it and if it affected your MS. I suffer from fatigue, brain fog, loss of consentration, and no energy and weakness. I am going to try it for weight loss and if it works and doesnt affect me with My MS i will continue it if it improves my mental stability and gets rid or helps my fatigue. I have taken the meal supplement shakes from Advocare and it has helped me a little I just hope with this challenge and all the vitamins and supplements it will not only help my health for my weight but also improve symptoms of MS. I might add I was on Tecfideria but havent taken it in over a month because I want to try for another baby in a couple months. just in case any one wants any info on Tecfideria....excuse spelling errors!

Al posted on: January 8, 2016

Just wanted to comment in 2016 to point out that Lori sounds like an Advocare salesperson. I did a lot of reading about Advocare, nothing that screams help for MS, and extremely expensive for most of us to get into regularly.
Besides some of the supplements mentioned, high vitamin D and one people should please read about is Lions Mane Mushroom, as it showed actual researched promise in MS over many years.

Al posted on: January 8, 2016

Hopefully it helps my fellow MS patients reading this blog in the future to stay away from these people who try to make a profit on the sick and desperate (like Advocare). They know we would try anything that sounds remotely good. Look into natural supplements, healthy diet and exercise first, and whatever your MS medicine of choice might be.

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