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Myasthenia Gravis - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease that causes muscle weakness and fatigue that worsens during activity and improves with rest. The most common symptoms are a weakening of eye muscles, drooping eye lids, double vision, excessive muscle fatigue after exercise. As well, difficulty in speech, swallowing and weakness of arms and legs are common. The disease does not follow an even course and exacerbations are common.

The muscular weakness is due to abnormal functioning of the neuromuscular junction. The immune system produces antibodies that attack the receptors that receive nerve signals. The disease more often occurs in women and begins during the years 20 - 40 years but also effects men over 60 and some younger people too. 

My mix includes Elecampane, Equisteum, Saw Palmetto, Hypericum, Mugwort, Skullcap, Nettle and Sage along with the Bach Flowers Clematis and Wild Oat. These herbs work together to accurately replicate tissue cells, improve circulation to the central nervous system, renew and balance nervous system function and support the muscles and nerve sheaths.

Dietary changes include eating smaller meals more regularly, eating gradually and resting between bites, which may help lessen muscle weakness in the face. Foods naturally high in potassium include oranges, tomatoes, apricots (solids or as juices), bananas and broccoli could help. 

It is also suggested that clients get good, restful sleep without interuption (if possible!) and stay away from extreme heat. 

 

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McDowell's staff Herbalists can not diagnose your disease or illness. What they can do is offer a herbal program to assist with healing, after you have had advice from your doctor or specialist. If you have unexplained pain or symptoms, seek medical advice.

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