Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

Our Mission

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) provides a comprehensive approach to helping people with MS. We strive to motivate, educate, and empower people with MS to maintain their health and well-being.

The MSF offers a wide array of free services including national toll-free support, educational programs, homecare, support groups, assistive technology, publications, a comprehensive website, and more to improve the quality of life for those affected by MS.

Our resources assist people who have MS, their families and caregivers, regional support groups, and healthcare professionals. Access to our programs and services is available through our interactive web site or our national, toll-free helpline staffed by caring caseworkers and peer counselors. Our priority is to serve with empathy, resourcefulness and responsibility.

All MSF services, as well as information, literature and subscriptions to our publications are provided free of charge.



Activity

  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
    Homeopathy is generally considered safe. Individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) may consider it for mild conditions, such as a cold or 'flu' or minor levels of anxiety and pain. It is also an option for other symptoms that do not respond to conventional medical therapy. Dr. Allen C. Bowling, M.D., Ph.D.,...Read More
  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
    Homeopathy is one of the most controversial forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) because its basic principles conflict with the basic principles of conventional medicine, chemistry, and physics. Nevertheless, homeopathy is a popular CAM therapy. German physician Samuel Hahnemann developed homeopathy in the 1800s....Read More
  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
    Natural healing is a multifaceted system of care, which is primarily gentle and non-invasive. The natural healer often begins by helping the patient to recognize and change negative thought patterns and behaviors. Areas of physical pain or difficulty, along with any corresponding pain or difficulty...Read More
  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
    Aromatherapy is a natural, non-invasive treatment that has been practiced since the beginning of civilization. It is the art and science of using essential oils extracted from aromatic plants to harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. Practitioners believe that essential oils,...Read More
  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
    Crystal healing has been practiced for centuries in nearly every culture of the world. Crystal healers combine the abundance of light, color, beauty and perfect geometric shapes from natural minerals for restorative purposes. Crystal healers place special stones upon the chakras (energy centers s...Read More
  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
    Natural healing is a multifaceted system of care, which is primarily gentle and non-invasive. Natural healers often speak of the subtle energy or aura, which emanates from the human body with layers of color. All of the colors combined form the auric field or the rainbow body. When a person is healthy...Read More
  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
    Psychic healing is believed to work on the energy field surrounding the body to release blocked energy stored within. This obstructed energy can be caused by mental, emotional or physical trauma. As the psychic healer releases the flow of energy, the patient is able to begin the healing process.
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  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
    Guided imagery or creative visualization occurs within the imagination. A mental picture, like the beach at sunset or a peaceful green meadow is visualized. The therapist or facilitator speaks softly and gently, creating a comforting and vivid world of relaxation and security. Although the sense...Read More
  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
    Changes in sexual function are common in multiple sclerosis (MS). The prevalence of perceived sexual problems in MS ranges from 40 to 80 percent in women and 50 to 90 percent in men. A decrease or loss of sex drive, decreased or unpleasant genital sensations, and diminished capacity for orgasm may...Read More
  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which includes the brain and the spinal cord. Everyone who is diagnosed with MS experiences the disease in their own way. Symptoms vary from person to person and even from day to day in each individual. The most common symptoms...Read More
  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
    The exact cause of multiple sclerosis (MS) remains unknown, but researchers believe that a combination of several factors may be involved, including:
    • Immunologic reaction -- MS is generally believed to be an autoimmune disease. This means that the immune system, which normally protects us from
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  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
    The following are suggestions on how to choose a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapy if you have multiple sclerosis (MS):
    • Visit an alternative health clinic where several therapies and treatments are available. Talk with staff members willing to discuss multiple sclerosis (MS)
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  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
    Although difficult to prove scientifically, people with multiple sclerosis (MS) who practice meditation report feelings of control, empowerment, relaxation, and increased self-esteem. The muscle relaxation can also alleviate insomnia. "Interestingly, meditation and other relaxation methods may produce changes in...Read More
  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
    According to the Atlas of multiple sclerosis (MS), a comprehensive MS database based on information from the World Health Organization and the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation:
    • The mean average of MS prevalence is 30 per 100,000.
    • The total estimated people diagnosed with MS is 1.3
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  • Multiple Sclerosis Foundation
    While multiple sclerosis (MS) is not believed to be a hereditary disease, having a family history of MS (particularly in a parent or sibling) does make a person more likely to develop it. In a family in which one parent has MS, the risk that their children will develop the condition is estimated...Read More