Lou Gehrig’s Disease/ALS
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: October 22, 1999

I am sending you this email in regards to whether there are any herbs to try for this type of disease.

Lou Gehrig’s disease, also called ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), is a disease of the motor nerve cells causing muscle weakness including arms and legs and those muscles affecting speech, swallowing, chewing and breathing. The cause and cure are unknown, but a current theory links toxins to the disease.

Since this is a serious disease that requires care under a physician, I can’t recommend herbs that will help, but you could look into the actions of some of the following:

Herbs that support the liver, digestion and elimination, to help rid the body of toxins: Dandelion leaf and root, Milk Thistle (Carduus marianus) and Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) are examples.

Oats (Avena sativa) nourishes nerve cells.

Ayurvedic treatment has been used in ALS. This approach uses nutrition, detoxification and herbs such as Amla, Triphala and Ashwaganda. I suggest that you consult an Ayurvedic specialist for more information on these treatments.

Nutrition is important to ensure that you are not adding toxins to your system. Organic foods offer the best nourishment and the least toxic chemicals.

Acupuncture and therapeutic massage can be helpful in reducing pain and eliminating toxins.

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