Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the nervous system where it is believed that the immune system attacks myelin sheaths (insulators of nerve fibres). This damage affects the signalling between the brain and the rest of the body leading to symptoms such as muscle weakness, partial blindness and fatigue. Randomised controlled trials using herbal medicines have focussed on reducing the symptom of spasticity. Further research is needed into the causes and possible treatments of multiple sclerosis, as more than 2 million people globally live with the condition.
For information on the results from randomised controlled trials and a summary of the findings using meta-analysis, select a herb or compound below and download the related fact sheet. As always, consult your physician before adding new treatments to your regimen or changing any current medication.