Studies in MS and Other Conditions

The basic ideas that underlie craniosacral therapy are not consistent with the conventional understanding of skeletal anatomy or nervous-system functioning. There is no evidence that demonstrates that impaired cerebral spinal fluid flow is a common cause of disease or that craniosacral massage significantly alters cerebral spinal fluid flow. Also, it is not clear that craniosacral therapy rhythm is a meaningful measurement or that it can be reliably detected. In addition to the lack of...

Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba has been evaluated in many human clinical studies and has the honor of being the most extensively studied herb. Ginkgo biloba usually refers to the extract derived from the leaf of the Ginkgo biloba tree. This herb is sometimes recommended as a therapy for MS. Some of the more recent popularity of Ginkgo biloba may be due to an investigation published in 1997 in the Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA . In this study, Ginkgo biloba extract was found to be effective in...

Potentially Dangerous Herbs or Herbs with Unstudied Toxicity

Some herbs have been associated with significant toxic effects or have not been subjected to toxicity evaluations Table 23.6 . These herbs should be avoided. In spite of reports of toxicity, it is possible to purchase many of these herbs in the United States. Potentially dangerous herbs that are sometimes specifically recommended for MS include borage seed oil, chaparral, comfrey, lobelia, and TABLE 23.6. Herbs with Potential Toxicity or Uninvestigated Toxicity TABLE 23.6. Herbs with Potential...