andrographis improves fatigue in people with multiple sclerosis

There is little the pharmacy can do for the fatigue of MS. Yet fatigue is one of the most common and most disabling symptoms for people with MS. Most people with MS struggle with it with 55% identifying it as one of their worst symptoms and a third of them being seriously impaired by it. But there is a simple, safe, inexpensive herb that can really help.

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease in which your own immune cells cross the blood-brain barrier into your brain and attack the myelin sheath that surrounds and protects your nerve cells, destroying nerve function.

In a new, double-blind study, 25 people with MS who were on interferon beta were given either a placebo or 170mg of dried extract of the herb andrographis twice a day for a year. After a year, fatigue was significantly reduced in the andrographis group compared to the placebo group. Fatigue was reduced by 44% on andrographis: an impressive result the researchers describe, not only as statistically significant, but clinically meaningful, meaning it could really improve quality of life.

Though the researchers suggest that, until this study, no treatment has shown promise for MS fatigue, other natural treatments have shown promise. The most delicious promise comes from a controlled study that showed that cocoa improves the fatigue of MS. So does the energy herb, ginseng. Double-blind research shows that Korean red ginseng improves MS fatigue.

BMC Neurol 2016; 16: 77

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