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Multiple Sclerosis

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008

Summary

See more very helpful information under the general category of auto-immune diseases.

NerveThe nervous system is composed of multiple nerve cells connected with Axons that deliver the electrical impulses to and from the brain.  The Axon is protected by a sheath of fatty acid substance called the Myelin sheath.  Multiple sclerosis is a condition wherein the body mistakenly attacks this Myelin sheath (hence an autoimmune disease) which in turn disrupts the communication between the brain and various parts of the body.

The early symptoms may come and go and hence it is difficult to have a definitive diagnosis.  The early symptoms may include numbness, tingling, or weakness in the extremities.  Trouble swallowing, bad balance, dizziness, poor memory or concentration, or trouble with hearing or with vision may also occur.  Since, as damage to the nerves continue, further deterioration is experienced later symptoms may include the inability to walk or talk.

 

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Basil, Invigorating Blend, Clove, FrankincenseC, LemonC, MelaleucaC, PeppermintC, SandalwoodC, Wild Orange

Essential oils based products: Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV)

Also consider: Grounding Blend, CypressC, Joyful Blend (Elevating Blend), GeraniumC, RosemaryC, OreganoC, ThymeC

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocol:

see also general suggestions for autoimmune disorders.

Daily to reduce symptoms:

·   The Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) are a must.

·    Morning: Topically apply Peppermint to the bottoms of the feet, take internally, and diffuse.

·    During the day add 1-3 drops of Lemon to each glass of water.  (drink lots of water)

·    Evening:  Topically apply Frankincense to the bottoms of the feet, take internally, and diffuse.

Other protocols (Listen to your body, it will tell you what you need).  Consider the following for their benefits:

·   If a flare up or an exacerbation occurs layer (topically apply one oil after another with 1 to 5 minutes between) Peppermint and Frankincense on the bottoms of the feet and/or the affected area.

·   If choking put 2-3 drops of Frankincense in a shot glass half full of water and swallow slowly.

·   If discouraged diffuse Invigorating Blend or other uplifting oils.

·   To prevent picking up a infectious disease (that might trigger an exacerbation) diffuse Protective Blend or Cleansing Blend regularly.  Also use Protective Blend hand wipes if necessary.

Also consider these oils in supplemental ways:

·    Helichrysum – strong regenerative properties for nerve tissue

·    Sandalwood – similar properties as Frankincense (antibacterial, antiviral, soothing)

·    Clove – one of the strongest agents to kill pathogens

Another suggested protocol:

MS recipe:

·    10 drops Helichrysum

·    10 drops Frankincense

·    10 drops Sandalwood

·    5 drops Basil

·    Peppermint

Use Frankincense daily; drop 2-3 drops under the tongue 4 times a day for two weeks. Rest one week and repeat.

Diffuse daily with Lotus diffuser, using MS recipe above and alternate with Frankincense and Wild Orange.

Topical: 1-3 drops of the MS recipe on brain reflexology points, the forehead, temples and mastoids (just behind the ears) and massage 6-8 drops of diluted oil from the base of the skull down the spine. Put a few drops of oil on a loofah sponge and rub along the spine vigorously.

Do the Massage Blend Technique twice a week.

Do the GI Cleansing Formula and the Probiotic Defense Formula in a protocol of 10 days GX, 5 days PB, wait 10 days and repeat, wait 10 days and repeat. Wait two months and repeat again. This is a cleanse specifically designed for auto immune disease

NOTE: Never use hot packs for neurological problems. Always use cold packs to reduce pain and inflammation.

Use Grounding Blend, Calming Blend and Joyful Blend (Elevating Blend) for added emotional support.

Other oils: Wintergreen, Birch, Cypress, Oregano, Thyme

Final suggestion that meets long term goals for wellness will be the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV).

 

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Michele (from webinar) - Using essential oils to help with MS has been a real blessing.  The LLV made a difference in energy in 3 or 4 days.  Using Peppermint and Frankincense for numbness and tingling symptoms was almost immediate.  My neurologist know of my using essential oils and is supportive.  A side benefit is that with the LLV plus the (...) Skin Products I am told I look 15 years younger.

Heide (from webinar) - To help with my MS I initially tried Frankincense and had such positive results I decided to use other products.  When I started using the LLV supplements I felt a definite difference in a week.  When I have had episodes of lost feeling or numbness in my limbs if I apply Peppermint and Frankincense I get almost immediate results.

Dr. Adamson (from webinar) - Research is suggesting that pathogens, even those beyond bacterial and viral, such as prions and CWD organisms may have a key role in MS.  That is why essential oils are so effective.  Lemon, Frankincense, Clove, and many oils are excellent against a variety of pathogens. in fact their advantage over antibacterial pharmaceuticals is that they address such a wide range of pathogens and are not targeted for a small subset as the pharmaceuticals  You must couple the oils with a good multivitamin and source of Omega 3 like the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV).  Omega 3 particularly because the myelin sheath that is damaged with MS is a fatty acid and the Omega 3 is needed to rebuild that structure during healing.

 

Joanna - Where do I find this MS Protocol someone has mentioned?  Also is there one for Cystic Fibrosis?

Rose - I love the MS protocol. I am wondering where it came from?

Pat - A number of MS sufferers submitted a variety of protocols and we put together a protocol for MS that so far has proven successful. Glad it works for you.

I have a friend whose little boy has CF and she has been using Frankincense with some incredible results. She puts it on the bottom on his feet, along his spine and because he had an eye problem she was also putting it around the eye bone.

 

Here is what we put together for MS:

Multiple Sclerosis is a progressive, disabling disease of the nervous system (brain and spinal cord). MS is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks the nerves. Some researchers believe that MS is triggered by a virus, while others make a case that it has strong genetic or environmental component.

Symptoms:

·    Muscle weakness in extremities

·    Deteriorating coordination and balance

·    Numbness or prickling sensations

·    Poor attention or memory

·    Speech impediments

·    Incontinence

·    Tremors

·    Dizziness

·    Hearing loss

MS recipe:

·    10 drops Helichrysum

·    10 drops Frankincense

·    10 drops Sandalwood

·    5 drops Basil

·    Peppermint

Use Frankincense daily; drop 2-3 drops under the tongue 4 times a day for two weeks. Rest one week and repeat.

Diffuse daily with Lotus diffuser, using MS recipe above and alternate with Frankincense and Wild Orange.

Topical: 1-3 drops of the MS recipe on brain reflex points on forehead, temples and mastoids (just behind the ears) and massage 6-8 drops of diluted oil from the base of the skull down the spine. Put a few drops of oil on a loofah sponge and rub along the spine vigorously.

Do the Massage Blend Technique twice a week.

Do the GI Cleansing Formula and the Probiotic Defense Formula in a protocol of 10 days GX, 5 days PB, wait 10 days and repeat, wait 10 days and repeat. Wait two months and repeat again. This is a cleanse specifically designed for auto immune disease

NOTE: Never use hot packs for neurological problems. Always use cold packs to reduce pain and inflammation.

Use Grounding Blend, Calming Blend and Joyful Blend (Elevating Blend) for added emotional support.

Other oils: Wintergreen, Birch, Cypress, Oregano, Thyme

Final suggestion that meets long term goals for wellness will be the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV).

 

Chris - I have a friend who has Multiple Sclerosis.  What would be good for them? 

Pat - Your friend with MS will benefit with the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) Pack.  Beyond this Frankincense and many other oils have helped.

 

Steff - I had "symptoms of MS" and was on a 3 month waiting list to see an "MS Expert".  My route had a lot to do with Celiac Disease, but even on a processed diet the symptoms were starting to mimic MS when I was paralyzed suddenly, loss of vision, loss of feeling in extremities, unable to talk, difficulty communicating, in and out of emergency rooms, etc.

In searching for answers I was lead to research that showed that even on a gluten-free diet, if you continue to eat foods that are highly processed (like almost anything gluten-free in the health food stores) the symptoms can turn from celiac to other more serious illnesses like MS, schizophrenia, diabetes, and it even listed down syndrome, some very interesting research.  I'm personally still searching for answers and implementing them.

I have a friend who actually was diagnosed with MS and was to the point of being in a wheelchair.  She recovered using essential oils and a modified diet.  My heart goes out to anyone experiencing the hell on earth that comes with the above listed symptoms, especially if you have children.

 

Heidi - Since joining (...) and expanding my health horizons, I have learned that most auto-immune diseases are caused by candida over-growth.  I am wondering where I might find some research to send to my loved ones with auto-immune diseases to reinforce this knowledge? RA and Lupus in particular.  Thanks!

Charly - I would be quite careful in that characterization. I have an autoimmune disease called mixed connective tissue disease. This autoimmune disease includes several different diseases including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, reynauds, scleroderma, fibromyalgia and other goodies. It is definitely not caused by Candida, and is detectable as an actual marker in the blood that is genetic. While I am sure there are many autoimmune diseases that can be attributed to Candida in terms of flareups, it is a little bit broad to say that it is caused by Candida. I have heard this many times, and it always makes me a bit uncomfortable.

Sharon - And while candida is often promoted as a "cause" it is actually a side effect of a poor immune system and/or toxicity.  We all have candida bacteria and need it but it is only when it goes out of balance that there is a problem.

Anne - I heartily agree that it does (...) a dis-service to make sweeping generalizations about causes and cures in the definitive.  Just as allopathic medicine really has few definitives on this class of illnesses and their treatment, alternative therapies have similar potential for benefit. The huge plus is that EOs have yet to be shown to have the same long list of negative side effects that many allopathic treatments have... I've been thrilled to reduce many and even eliminate daily need for a couple of my medications, but EOs alone are not enough for my condition. I wish modern medicine would incorporate "alternatives" to pharmaceuticals into the standard of care rather than the two be seen as such opposites in an "either/or" mentality.

Belma - Hi Heidi. While I think it is wonderful that you want to share (...) info with your loved ones, I have to agree with the other ladies who've commented. I cringe whenever someone tells me that they have the cure for my MS, or my daughter's Lupus. I love that you want to help the people you care about who have auto-immune disorders. (...) oils and supplements definitely do help with the symptoms. However our diseases are not caused by candida. I feel very uncomfortable whenever I see this brought up. It’s a piece of it and perhaps a misunderstanding that gets shared. I would agree that inflammation is an issue with both Lupus and MS. I've had MS for over 26 years, and my daughter was diagnosed with Lupus four years ago. My hope would be that you would share with those you love, that (...) oils and supplements can possibly improve their quality of life. Frankincense and Peppermint sure have made an amazing difference for me! Our bodies are all different and even those of us who have the same diagnosis, many times do not have the same issues or symptoms. So the same oils or supplements may not work exactly in the same way for each of us. But it is so worth it to explore what might help.   I applaud you for wanting to help those people in your life with auto-immune disorders! Please do understand that. I suggest that you present this information to them by saying that inflammation is commonly caused by candida, and (...) has ways to help with that. You might also find out what their specific issues are and then recommend which oils would help.

Protocols folks recommend for children

 

 

Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils

 

What Science & Research are saying

Dr. Adamson references:  The following 2 articles are references from Dr. Adamson suggesting that MS root cause can be bacterial or viral infections and hence why essential oils seem to help significantly.

From PubMed.com

Arch Physiol Biochem. 2007 Jun;113(3):124-30.

Systemic infections in multiple sclerosis and experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis.

Tauber SC, Nau R, Gerber J.;   Department of Neurology, Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany.

Abstract

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS). It has been suggested that viral and bacterial infections contribute to the pathogenesis of MS. This review will give an overview about the influence of viral and bacterial infections on MS and experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). It will focus on bacterial infections and will also emphasise therapeutic consequences such as the impact of antibiotic treatment on the course of EAE. In summary, a growing body of evidence suggests that systemic infections are a risk factor for the initiation of autoimmune processes including the induction of acute events in MS. Experimental and clinical data strongly suggest early treatment of bacterial infections in MS patients to avoid aggravation and relapse.

 

From the Journal of Autoimmune Diseases

Virus-mediated autoimmunity in Multiple Sclerosis

Nikolaos Grigoriadis(B' Department of Neurology, Laboratory of Experimental Neurology and Neuroimmunology, AHEPA University Hospital, 1 Stilp Kyriakidi Street, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, 54636 Thessaloniki, Greece) and Georgios M Hadjigeorgiou ( Department of Neurology, Neurogenetics Unit, Medical School, University of Thessaly, 22 Papakyriazi Street, 41222 Larissa, Greece)

Journal of Autoimmune Diseases 2006, 3:1doi:10.1186/1740-2557-3-1;  Published: 19 February 2006

Abstract

Epidemiological data suggest the notion that in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an acquired autoimmune disease and the cause may be an environmental factor(s), probably infectious, in genetically susceptible individuals. Several cases of viral induced demyelinatimg encephalomyelitis in human beings and in experimental models as well as the presence of IgG oligoclonal bands in the cerebrospinal fluid indicate that the infectious factor may be viral. However, the absence of a specific virus identification in MS central nervous system may hardly support this notion. On the other hand, the partial response of patients with MS to immunosuppressive and immunomodulatory therapy support the evidence of an autoimmune etiology for MS. However, the autoimmune hypothesis shares the same criticism with the infectious one in that no autoantigen(s) specific to and causative for MS has ever been identified. Nevertheless, the absence of identifiable infectious agent, especially viral does not rule out its presence at a certain time – point and the concomitant long term triggering of an autoimmune cascade of events thereafter. Several concepts have emerged in an attempt to explain the autoimmune mechanisms and ongoing neurodegeneration in MS on the basis of the infectious – viral hypothesis.

 

 

Candida, Inflammation & Auto-Immune Illnesses

Kathy - This summary is based on Dr. Bruce Semon's book An Extraordinary Power to Heal (2003). This summary gives general explanations about how yeast can cause so-called autoimmune illnesses and chronic disease. For detailed explanations, including an extensive chapter on how the immune system is supposed to work--and how yeast prevent it from working correctly--we recommend that you read An Extraordinary Power to Heal.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Numbness in the hands, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Ulcerative colitis:  What do these have in common?  They all respond to dietary intervention and anti-yeast treatment.

Why might chronic diseases ranging from psoriasis to ulcerative colitis to arthritis respond to dietary intervention and anti-yeast treatment? These diseases are all marked by the body appearing to attack itself. They are called "auto-immune" diseases.

I have always considered the idea of the body attacking itself as a strange idea. Why should the body do that? In 40 years of research, the biomedical research community has been unable to come up with any answer. Maybe the concept is wrong.

Maybe the body is not attacking itself primarily. Maybe the primary target is not the body but the yeast Candida albicans. To understand how such terrible diseases can occur, we need to look at the interactions of Candida albicans and the immune system.

Yeast are normal residents of the intestinal tract. After antibiotics, yeast grow to fill in the space left by dead bacteria and the yeast continue to grow at this higher level. The body still must contain the yeast so that the yeast does not invade the rest of the body. If Candida invades the body, the result is often death.

The best way to look at the immune system is to understand that the immune system has both defensive and offensive weapons. The main defensive weapon is inflammation. Inflammation is like putting up a wall, a hot wall, which makes it difficult for invading foreign microorganisms to get through. Inflammation will occur anytime the immune system contacts a foreign invader. But as you know the inflammation is painful. Along with the inflammation, should come the offensive weapons which kill the foreign invader. The problem is that Candida has many tricks to evade the offensive weapons of the body's immune system.

Candida is a very difficult organism for the body's immune system to clear.   Why?

Yeast have a capsule on the outside which prevents the first line (phagocytic) white blood cells of the body from engulfing the yeast and killing it. So the body must rely on the other parts of the immune system.

Candida has other tricks to evade the body's immune system. One of these tricks is to change its outside. The immune system recognizes the outside receptors of the invading organism and then sends out signals to start an immune response. Some of the immune responders then look for cells with those receptors. Candida albicans can change the receptors which it is displaying, making it difficult for the body's immune cells to react appropriately. In essence, Candida albicans is a moving target, which changes its form.

The most important thing to know about Candida is that Candida albicans can make factors which suppress the immune response to itself. These factors can be found in the circulation of people with significant Candida infections. When these factors are purified and placed in cultures of immune cells, these immune cells do not develop the responses to Candida which they are supposed to develop. In other words, Candida can make factors, which prevent the body from reacting to and killing the Candida. These factors prevent the total eradication of Candida from the body.

The Candida can suppress the offensive weapons of the body's immune system. But the inflammation will still be generated because when the immune system detects a foreign invader, there will always be inflammation. The problem is that the foreign invader, the Candida, is not going away, because the immune system's offensive weapons are suppressed. The inflammation will remain and inflammation is painful.

In the intestinal tract, there is Candida, which tries to invade the intestinal wall, and the immune system responds with inflammation. The problem is that the Candida suppresses the immune system's offensive weapons, so the Candida stays and the inflammation is prolonged. This prolonged inflammation is called ulcerative colitis if it occurs in the large intestine and it is called Crohn's disease if it occurs in the small intestine. These disorders are prolonged inflammation resulting from the immune system's inability to clear Candida.

In ulcerative colitis, there is painful inflammation of the intestine rather than regulated containment. As the body fights the yeast in the intestine, some of the cells fighting the yeast circulate and come into contact with yeast on the skin and start an inflammation there, leading to eczema and psoriasis .

Candida causes autoimmune problems such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis in this way. Candida puts out receptors on its cell surface which are actually human receptors for connective tissue and the immune system. If the body attacks the Candida in the intestinal tract, the body's immune system will attack anything which looks like the Candida. Because of the connective tissue receptors on Candida, the body's immune system may attack other cells in the body which have these receptors.

Many tissues such as the joints have connective tissue and as the body attacks the Candida, the body will also attack these cells. The result is painful joints or other inflamed tissues.

Candida also has receptors which are similar to those in the brain. When these cells are attacked, the result is multiple sclerosis.

In other words, Candida acts as a long term vaccination displaying the body's own cellular receptors to the body's immune system. When the immune system sees such receptors for a long enough time, it will attack cells which display such receptors, which includes the cells of the body. There is research which shows that such immune system reactions occur. The yeast Candida is the primary target. If the Candida is removed the body stops attacking itself.

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