To live with the physical and mental discomfort caused by multiple sclerosis is hard enough. Yet what makes this even harder is knowing that the medications available are only modestly effective.
While there are no notable scientific research projects dedicated to this correlation so far, the first-hand evidence seems to suggest that practice of Transcendental Meditation may bring some relief to patients with multiple sclerosis.
Here is a testimonial published on the web site of the charity Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis on September 6, 2013.
Transcendental Meditation =
reduced stress, reduced attacks
“I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in June and did my course in Transcendental Meditation last weekend.
I went undiagnosed for 4 years and all my attacks were preceded by long periods of high stress. I have previously attempted various forms of ‘concentration’ meditation learnt from books without any success, and Tai Chi as ‘moving meditation’ (more moving than meditation, but it has its other uses).
The naturopath I have started seeing recommended Transcendental Meditation. /—/
The course I did was well taught and, importantly, the meditation is very easy to do, helped by the fact that it is not a ‘concentration’ meditation as such. Two major effects of continued practice are reduced stress and reduced fatigue.
I have had MS-related fatigue for about 10 weeks following a number of attacks, and Transcendental Meditation has already helped to greatly boost my energy levels for a few hours after each meditation.“ — Chris
What is multiple sclerosis?
Multiple Sclerosis (often shortened MS) is an inflammatory disease which affects the brain and spinal cord, damaging the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate with each other.
Early multiple sclerosis symptoms include weakness, tingling, numbness, and blurred vision; later symptoms may include mental and psychiatric problems.
There is no known medical cure for the disease, with treatments attempting to improve function after an attack and prevent new attacks.
Moreover, medications used to treat multiple sclerosis often have adverse effects and be poorly tolerated.
According to latest World Health Organization estimates, multiple sclerosis affects 2.5 million people worldwide.