Essential oils are a great addition to other protocols and suggestions from medical professionals working with an ALS patient and family. Since there are many useful essential oil for ALS patients I do not suggest any specific oil(s) as an overall treatment protocol for ALS patients. I am available to do a consultation with you to understand more of your current needs and may suggest oils at that point to help.
I offer distance Reiki healing and in-person Reiki Training for family/friends to help with the hands-on and daily care of an ALS patient. Please ask about discounted Reiki training for groups.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
By now we have all been enjoying all of the ALS ice bucket challenge videos going around the internet. I love the fact that these videos are helping to raise a large amount of money for ALS and more importantly awareness for this horrific disease. Watch my ice bucket challenge video below, but for right now let us spend just a moment on a solution for ALS and a little bit about what it is.
Essential oils have been proven to cross through the cell membrane, blood-brain barrier, and spinal fluid.
This is where we have a fighting chance with ALS, cancers, viruses, and more. Please join me in becoming an active volunteer utilizing essential oils with ALS patients and their families.
WHAT IS ALS?
It is a motor neuron disease (MND). The average person lives about 39 months from the onset of their symptoms and only 4% survive longer than 10 years. ALS affect the spinal column which then basically stops nourishing the muscles. This causes atrophy in the lower and upper motor neurons.
From alsa.org “A-myo-trophic comes from the Greek language. “A” means no or negative. “Myo” refers to muscle, and “Trophic” means nourishment–”No muscle nourishment.” When a muscle has no nourishment, it “atrophies” or wastes away. “Lateral” identifies the areas in a person’s spinal cord where portions of the nerve cells that signal and control the muscles are located. As this area degenerates it leads to scarring or hardening (“sclerosis”) in the region.
As motor neurons degenerate, they can no longer send impulses to the muscle fibers that normally result in muscle movement. Early symptoms of ALS often include increasing muscle weakness, especially involving the arms and legs, speech, swallowing or breathing. When muscles no longer receive the messages from the motor neurons that they require to function, the muscles begin to atrophy (become smaller). Limbs begin to look “thinner” as muscle tissue atrophies.
Motor functions affected by ALS1. Speech 2. Salivation 3. Swallowing 4. Handwriting 5a. Cutting food and handling utensils w/out gastrostomy 5b. Cutting food and handling utensils with gastrostomy 6. Dressing and hygiene 7. Turning in bed and adjusting bed clothes 8. Walking 9. Climbing Stairs 10. Dyspnea (shortness of breath) 11. Orthopnea (shortness of breath while lying down) 12. Respiratory insufficiency
Basically certain muscle groups atrophy. Besides losing the ability to use their muscles they can still feel them where most people with spinal cord injuries cannot feel their limbs. Those with ALS rarely lose any brain cognitive abilities. So while their body is rapidly deteriorating their brain stays sharp. Their diaphragm begins to atrophy making breathing near impossible without the assistance of machines. It’s much like being trapped in your body without being able to do anything about it. Most ALS patients die from pneumonia or respiratory failure. Just being in a meditative space focusing on breathing deeply for 5 minutes is enough to drive some people crazy – but their advantage is the ability to get up and shake the crazy outta their system while the person with ALS has a breathing machine helping them and they are unable to control their muscles.