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Oriental Medicine Multiple Sclerosis Clinic
1925 W County Rd B2, Roseville, MN
(651) 631-0216

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How Can We Help You?
>> AAAOM AAAOM offers a comprehensive treatment program which include acupuncture, herbs, tuina massage, cupping, dietary therapy and Tai Chi or Qi Gong classes. 
     
>> AAAOM Patients enrolled in the MS Program receive acupunture treatments at a reduced rate of $15.00 per treatment.  Your intern will help you determine which services are right for you.
     
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"If you've been thinking about acupuncture but are a little hesitant about the needles, I'd encourage you to come in and talk to one of our interns. We’ll answer your questions, address your concerns and proceed at your pace. Together we'll create a treatment plan that is comfortable for you."
--Aimee Van Ostrand,
AAAOM MS Clinic Intern

Acupuncture Treatment for MS

There is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis in Western or Eastern medicine. Our goal as acupuncturists is to support the body's self-healing potential, curb acute attack, and slow the progression of symptoms. Common MS symptoms that acupuncture treats effectively are: muscle weakness and spasm, pain, vision problems, tremors, balance/co-ordination, dizziness, fatigue and depression. Chinese medicine is also successful at treating secondary symptoms such as poor appetite, lower immunity, insomnia or anxiety.

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Patients who receive bi-weekly treatment report the best outcome. Therefore a typical course of treatment for new MS Clinic patients is two treatments per week for the first four to five weeks. The earlier in the course of the disease patients are treated, the better the results. Chronic diseases such as MS generally demand long term treatment as well. In successful cases, symptomatic relief lasts for sequentially longer periods between treatments, eventually declining in intensity or disappearing altogether. When the condition stabilizes to the point where treatments are needed less often, we recommend that MS patients return to the clinic once every two or three weeks to prevent recurrence of symptoms.

What to expect at your first appointment

When you schedule your appointment let the receptionist know that you are enrolling in the MS Program. This way, you will be scheduled with an MS Clinic student intern. Plan to come a few minutes early to fill out paper work. If you prefer, you can print the Enrollment Form by clicking on the New Patient Enrollment Form on the left. Please bring the completed form along with a list of all the medications and supplements that you are taking. Your appointment will take approximately one hour.

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Chinese Medicine treats the whole person. Your intern will ask health questions that may not seem to be directly related to MS. Your intern will also ask to look at your tongue and feel your pulse. These are Chinese Medicine diagnostic tools that give additional information about your general health condition as well as help establish a treatment plan for you.

If you have any questions about the treatment, openly discuss them with your intern. He or she will answer your questions and help you feel more comfortable. Many patients compare the needle insertion to be similar to that of a small mosquito bite. Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are very fine. Once the needles are inserted, many patients describe the sensation as a dull, distending or heavy sensation; while others report having little sensation of the needles at all. The needles are left in for 20 minutes. This is a very calming, deeply relaxing time for most patients.

Before you leave, your intern may also talk to you about herbs, diet or other therapies that may be helpful for you.

Links

American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
> www.aaaom.edu

The MN Chapter of the MS Society
http://www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/MNM/index.aspx

Articles on acupuncture studies for MS
> http://www.healingtherapies.info/acupuncture&MS.htm
> http://acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=31710
> http://www.msrc.co.uk/index.cfm/fuseaction/show/pageid/781

Terry Wahls Foundation
> http://www.terrywahls.org/

AAAOM MS Clinic on Facebook
> http://www.facebook.com/pages/AAAOM-Multiple-Sclerosis-Clinic/184163386627

 

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