The medical community's understanding of multiple sclerosis continues to grow, and many patients and researchers are hopeful that a cure for MS will someday be found. In the meantime, patients are advised to stay away from anything that claims to be a so-called "cure," such as injections of snake venom, removal of the thymus gland, and breathing pressurized oxygen.
Is There a Cure for MS?
As of yet, there is no MS cure. However, research continues to make great advancements in the understanding and treatment of the disease.
(Click Multiple Sclerosis Treatment for more information on treatment options for people with this condition.)
Alleged MS "Cures"
MS (multiple sclerosis) is a disease with a natural tendency to improve spontaneously. However, there is no known cause and no treatment that works effectively for each and every patient. These factors open the door for a number of unproven claims of a cure. At one time or another, many ineffective, and even potentially dangerous, therapies have been promoted as a cure for MS.
A partial list of these unproven "cures" includes:
- Injections of snake venom
- Electrical stimulation of the spinal cord's dorsal column
- Removal of the thymus gland
- Breathing pressurized (hyperbaric) oxygen in a special chamber
- Injections of beef heart and hog pancreas extracts
- Intravenous or oral calcium orotate (calcium EAP)
- Removal of dental fillings containing silver or mercury amalgams
- Surgical implantation of pig brain into the patient's abdomen (stomach).
None of these are effective ways to treat MS or its symptoms.