Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a group of inherited genetic disorders that causes a characteristic muscle weakness and degeneration in the muscles that are responsible for movement- the skeletal muscles.1 Muscular dystrophy is broadly categorized into nine types. Each type varies according to the age of starting of the disease, the extent to which it progresses in the body and the pattern of inheritance. Muscular dystrophy cannot be cured or reversed, but the severity of the symptoms can be reduced, and the progression of the disease can be slowed down with the use of a prompt and efficient treatment.2

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Natural Remedies For Muscular Dystrophy

Natural Remedies For Muscular Dystrophy

Though the conventional methods of treatment are widely used for treating muscular dystrophy, many people want to take the support of natural remedies as well, along with the conventional methods. Some of the natural remedies are given below-

Green tea:

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  • Green tea is a natural remedy. It works by preventing or stopping the cell death at muscular level
  • It also helps in preventing the muscle degeneration and deterioration
  • A few cups of green tea in a day can help in preventing the muscle wasting
  • Those suffering from neuromuscular disorders benefit immensely from consumption of green tea
  • Alternative therapy practitioners consider green tea as a good remedy for muscular dystrophy

Apple cider vinegar:

  • Apple cider vinegar is well known for its immense medicinal benefits
  • It is widely used to cure a multiple of diseases and ailments
  • It is a rich source of vitamins and minerals and provides many essential nutrients to the body
  • These nutrients play an important role in the development of muscles in our body
  • This vinegar has acetic acid which possesses amazing anti-inflammatory properties
  • It helps in reducing the pain
  • It is immensely beneficial in promoting blood circulation throughout the body and may help in improving the mood
  • It is believed to be a good natural remedy for muscular dystrophy

Turmeric:

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  • Turmeric is a wonder spice that is consumed by many people in different cuisines around the world
  • It is known to cure the pathology of the affected muscles
  • It improves the strength of the muscles
  • It is considered as one of the best natural remedies for muscular dystrophy

Vitamin E:

  • An excellent anti-oxidant, it is a trusted remedy for muscular dystrophy according to many therapies
  • In fact, a study shows that a decreased amount of vitamin E in the body can trigger an early onset of muscular dystrophy in those that are affected
  • A lack of vitamin E in the body is linked to muscular degeneration and tissue loss in the muscles
  • Vitamin E is one of the essential natural remedies to manage the symptoms of muscular dystrophy

Some other methods are followed by therapists. They are as follows:

Speech therapy:

  • The people affected by facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy, especially need this therapy
  • The speech therapy will help you in improving the movements of the affected facial muscles

Occupational therapy:

  • Occupational therapy teaches you the use of assistive machines and devices like braces and wheelchairs
  • This therapy can help you learn the movements again

Massage therapy:

  • Massage therapy helps immensely in relieving the symptoms of many neuromuscular diseases
  • It stimulates the muscles and nerves, and also helps in promoting proper blood circulation in the body
  • It can help significantly in alleviating the symptoms of muscular dystrophy and relieving the tension caused in the muscles
  • It can also help you relax mentally and provide a way of holistic healing

Other precautions:

  • Respiratory problems can occur often as muscular dystrophy affects the respiratory system
  • It is good to get vaccinated against pneumonia and influenza to prevent recurrent infections.

Muscular dystrophy is a group if genetically inherited diseases. While there is no cure for this disease and it cannot be reversed, the symptoms can be reduced, and the disease progression can be slowed down. Some natural remedies can help support the conventional methods of treatment in muscular dystrophy and provide positive results.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: August 5, 2019

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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