Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
How is acupuncture used to treat multiple sclerosis (MS)? What are the main areas to be focused on when having acupuncture and how long does it take?
A: MS is a proliferative disorder of the efferent neurons where the signal degradation impacts motor function. Acupuncture, by working to stimulate nerve sensitivity, can help slow down the degenerative process and provide some relief. Usually it is focused on the affected area of the spine. You should expect long-term treatments with slow progress.