With ALS gaining a great deal of national attention lately, I thought it might be interesting for people to hear how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views and treats it. First of all, what is ALS?
ALS is short for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative disease of the motor nerves in the central nervous system that ultimately leads to the weakening and wasting of muscles. It primarily affects muscles of movement and posture, as well as those used for swallowing and breathing. Because of its effects on respiration, ALS is eventually fatal for most people. There is speculation as to what causes this degeneration, but as of now, the cause is unknown. Western medicine has a few treatments that help with mitigating the symptoms and sometimes slowing ALS’s progression; however, a definitive cure has yet to be found.