Natural Remedies for ALS

Last Modified on Oct 08, 2014

A particularly progressive and debilitating condition, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS is a particularly aggressive condition. While doctors normally don’t give very positive prognoses to individuals diagnosed with the disease, natural treatments can help improve the quality of life for individuals with the condition. In addition to traditional treatment, we suggest that you try vitamins and supplements including vitamin C, vitamin B complex, and vitamin E to better support your ALS treatment plan.

What Is ALS?

ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a disease that targets the central nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The condition causes the slow demise of these cells which typically leads to diminished physical and mental functioning as the specific cells involved in the condition are the motor neurons.

While the progression of the condition varies slightly for different individuals, ALS causes the gradual disabling of anyone affected. Over time, common tasks including walking, speaking, eating, swallowing, and even breathing becomes difficult for individuals.

How is Lou Gehrig’s Disease Usually Treated?

An ALS diagnosis can be very scary for anyone, but the good news is there are often a variety of treatment options provided. While some of the “typical” treatments for the disease are more invasive, many involve holistic practices. Physical and occupational therapy are common, as is speech therapy. Additionally, many individuals are provided with supportive devices and equipment to help them cope with everyday tasks more easily. Other more aggressive treatments include medication, feeding tubes, and breathing devices; however, these options are generally for more developed cases of the condition.

Are There Any Natural Remedies I Can Try?

We believe a balanced approach to treating this condition is best – one that utilizes traditional treatments paired with natural supplements to support overall health. That being said, a few of the most effective natural treatment supports include vitamin C, vitamin B complex, and vitamin E.

1. Vitamin C

As ALS effects the functioning of the entire body, vitamin C is a particularly important treatment support. Vitamin C helps strengthen the immune system as well as the connective tissue in the body to prevent deterioration.

2. B Complex

Vitamin B complex is a combination of the essential B vitamins. This complex helps support energy levels as well as muscle and nerve function.

3. Vitamin E

Vitamin E is another important supplement as it helps support muscle and nerve function as well. Taken as a daily supplement, vitamin E also helps prevent deterioration of the muscle function.

While nutritional supplements are an important support to ALS treatment, a variety of other natural treatments help as well. Read below to gain additional information from our readers as well as one of our regular contributors, Ted from Bangkok, Thailand.

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Posted by Jacques (St-georges, P.Quebec / Canada) on 02/02/2013

TO MR TED, I am treating a case ALS presently and I found at many sites on the web the coconut oil ( or MCT OIL) are very helpfull with many positives results. You write on your pages to do not us ANY OIL ??

What do you think about theses very good results and are you encouraged to use it ?? Your opinion will be very appreciated.

Also from all informations you put on yours pages in regard with the colitis ulcerous , please be informed I treated 4 cases with 100% success without any recidive. Thank a lot to you.

Waiting yours comments,

Jacques from Canada

Posted by Marge
Daytona Beach, FL
My friend makes us coconut cream it cures many things. I have trouble with stomach disorders so try it. It is a great detox which is the cause on many disorders.
Posted by Medicineman
Harrisburg, PA
Coconut oil is fine. What you want is an overall healthy diet of real foods. No processed, no farmed fish. As wholesome and close to the land as possible. It should be a lifestyle.

The biggest contributor to mucus is dairy. Eliminating dairy from the diet, would be my first go-to.

Run with this iodine and vitamin C (and take a multi for safe measure)

You need to detox. Iodine will detox heavy metals and help get systems back online. Vitamin C acts as like a shuttle service for the iodine going in as well as the toxins going out.

My father died of als years ago and suffice it to say - you'll get nowhere with standard medical procedure. Rilutek is a joke.

ALS is caused by toxicity, stress and degredation of the stystems. All of which can be brought back to working order, I believe.

Dosage wise take 1-2 grams of vitamin C every 1-2 hours. Maybe stop closer to bed time as it can keep you up at night and rest is important.

Iodine you'll want to aim for around 1000 mcg. Gauge yourself at maybe half that or less. Iodine will produce detox effects that are flu like and depression.

If you're getting heavy detox symtoms just dial it back a while or take a day off.

Iodine is about the long game, it can take a year for it to do its work fully.

I like kelp as a source, because it's in its natural form with other companion nutrients that will help absorbtion. Sea weeds also have addictional detoxifying elements in them ontop of iodine.

But that's the gist of it. Health is a natural, organic process. It doesn't happen overnight and won't come from a pharmaceutical drug.

We come from nature and our road to wellness is a natural one.

Namaste', C

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Posted by Heather (Sudbury, Ontario, Canada) on 10/22/2009

[WARNING!]  Many people who are on a combination of diabetic medications and cholesterol medication find that they develop symptoms that mimic Lou Gehrig's Disease. I know of at least 5 women in my town who have been mis-diagnosed by their doctors. One had gotten to the point of all her muscles collapsing and her lungs and heart were stopping working. Luckily, a new young surgeon at the hospital's emerg. department realized what was happening and took her off the cholesterol medication. She went from almost comatose to up in a wheelchair in 3 days, and walking by day 5. Apparently diabetic medications or cholesterol medications by themselves are fine, it's the combination that's terrible.

Posted by Meghan
Brooklyn, Ny
My father was recently diagnosed with ALS. I still have that hope that it might not be true. He takes both diabetic medicines and cholesterol meds. Can you by any chance find out what her medications were that she was taking? And how they figured out that the combo of meds were doing it to her body?

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Posted by Tonya (San Diego, Ca) on 07/18/2014

My 74 year old mother was recently diagnosed with ALS/MND/Lou Gehrig's disease after failing to recover from neck and shoulder surgery. She has lost movement in her arms, legs and has trouble speaking and breathing. I have been reading Ted's posts for natural cures and I am wondering if he has any updated information? In one post he recommends L-Glutamine but it is advised against on other websites since over-production of glutamate is a problem in ALS patients. I believe his last post on this issue was 2 years ago. Any additional information on his most recent cases/successes would be helpful. ps: Mom loves the clove oil massages and said she smells like Christmas spice candy! :)

Posted by Magkeep2 (Escondido, Ca, Usa) on 06/19/2012

My husband is the 3rd person in hismfamilymwith ALS. All FALS tests are negative. I am fighting my hardest to keep him from progressing and trying to get him a little better. His speech is 99% gone, he cannot swallow food and has a feeding tube. Trying to get some weight in him. A year ago he was 160 and since last fat fall (after a flu shot) he is now down to about 114. He is on a liquid feeding tube/pump diet.

Posted by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa
215 Posts
No more vaccines or flu shots. Make sure there is no MSG or aspartate in his feeding tube.
Posted by Linda
New Haven, Ct, United States
16 Posts
I have no personal experience with this but I had just recently read Ted's post regarding ALS. If you haven't yet seen it this is the link.

Good luck & God bless, Linda

Posted by Curt
Vancouver, Bc
You'll find good information if you google search ALS NaturalNews. Also don't let anyone try to convince you Vaccines are good.

Posted by Susana (Budapest, Hungary) on 12/24/2011

I asked for advice some month ago from Ted about my father's ALS illness, but until now I haven't got answer. We have already started a therapy but I don't know whether it is possible to take these three amino acids ( glutamine, threonine, lizin) continually for months or not. If not, why?

Please give me some information about how long it is proposed to take these. Maybe is it necessary to have breaks? Is anybody taking omega complex? (as far as I know, it does him good).

Thanks in advance.

Posted by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
You take these as long as possible, it keeps the ALS from coming up, and keep ALS from further damaging the system.


Posted by Gilda (Charlotte, North Carolina, Usa) on 06/04/2011

Dear Ted, My husband was recently diagnos with the horrible ALS one of our friend send your website. Can you please let me know what I have to do for the first 48 hours? he still walking short of breath and loss a lot of muscle tone he also develop foot drop please help us. Thanks, Gilda

Posted by Rob
Manhattan, New York
Gilda, I am sorry to hear about your husbands diagnosis. I recently listened to this interview with Dr. Gabor Mate on the mind body connection and disease. He had some interesting things to say about Lou Gehrig and his disease. I don't know if it can be of any help but perhaps worth a listen...

Posted by Gilda
Charlotte, North Carolina, Usa
2 Posts
Thank you Rob we moved from Long island NY 3 years ago. I agree with you about stress thank you for the info.
Posted by Marty Murray
Rye, New York
2 Posts
Gilda, As partly discussed in the Gabor Mate video, als develops when factors such as stress and patterns such as internalization of emotional issues come together in a certain way to create degeneration of the nervous system.

The good news is that by changing what is going on with these factors and patterns, one can solve als and heal.

I have worked with a number of people and seen them solve als by using this method. The puzzle is a little different in each case. Still, in every case, by solving the puzzle one can solve als.

Some people who have publicly discussed what they have done to solve als include Evy McDonald, Craig Oster, Steven Shackel, David Atkinson, Nelda Buss and Joe Wions. I suggest looking up all of them. In doing so you will find what I am talking about, discussion of factors and patterns that underlie the creation of als and discussion of how, by changing what is going on with those factors and patterns, they solved als. Of these people, Craig and Steven have been the most prolific.

You can also learn from the website I am creating at and the blog I am writing at

Rest assured, you can solve als. Takes some work. Still, totally doable.

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Posted by Mr Don (Gold Coast Australia) on 01/14/2014

My 70 year old wife has ALS for at least 8 months she is finding it hard to talk now and has trouble eating and sometimes breathing She is also losing strength in her arms She has herpes virus for many years. What can you suggest as a treatment I have been told that rhinacanthus root powder can reduce the amount of glutamate your body produces. Is this correct? Where can I purchase this product? It is widely used in the Bangkok uni. Regards Mr Don

Posted by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
471 Posts
Hello Mr Don from Gold Coast,

If you google search "ALS herpes simplex" you'll find a number of articles on the possible connection. "Pub Med" has one such article. That article has connect with a specific type of ALS. You said that your wife did indeed have the virus long prior to the ALS onset.

The point is, if I were suffering from ALS I'd consider the possibility of a virus as either a trigger or the underlying cause of the ALS and would at least try to rid the body of the infection. I use a number of anti viruses, my favorite being Colloidal Silver; also Echinacea, tea tree oil... lots of "go to virus killers."

On the CS, I'd take orally three tablespoons daily for three months. I'd also do the CS as a nasal irrigation

I know your wife must be very frightened. Encourage her never, never to lose hope. Same for you, "Mr Don." This is a terrifying disease to combat and I'll be praying for you to have wisdom and strength through it all.

Your friend here in America,


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Posted by J. (Usa) on 10/06/2014

Hi Ted, I wonder if you could help with some advices on treatment for a late stage of ALS.I have a friend which is in ICU at the moment as he is not able to breath and they keep taking out lots of mucus from his lungs. He was diagnosed 2 years ago with Lyme Disease but all the antibiotics and antivirals made him worse and worse. He is not able to walk or talk since last summer. Also he was fed through a tube all tis time. Do you think is anything we can do to help him or is this the end? The doctors in ICU keep saying that there is nothing they can do as ALS doesn't have a cure. Please reply to my email asap as he is in a very critical state. Thank you.

Posted by Ted
Bankok, Thailand
There is a lot of things you can do. The most important is the mucus and toxins. N acetyl cysteine 4000 mg 6 times a day and taurine 1000 mg 4 times a day. This will remove toxins. Methylene blue 0.1% 20 drops morning lunch and dinner. Adenovirus can be protected with poly lysine 1000 mg 3 times a day to kill it. Ted

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Posted by Jim (Usa) on 06/04/2014

Dear Sir, I know you recommend lysine and threonine for ALS patients (in the site). I am extremely interested on the issue since my sister was recently diagnosed with this disease. Are there any newer discoveries? (since that post was 3 years ago).

I am also a little concerned because in 06/09/2012, someone named Chris made a post at that site, saying that an ALS patient who took these two amino-acids had a breathing deterioration caused from extreme mucous (after stopping threonine her breathing capacity improved). Is there any answer to this?


Posted by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
Everyone with breathing problems has mucus issue whether on the amino acid or not. I always give two things NAC 1000 mg four times a day and drink a small amount of hyaluronic acid .5 grams to 500 cc water mix with sea salt 5 grams also. The small amount tsken each time is 50 to 100 cc of this to help loosen up mucus. Lithium and potassium iodide are two additional ones essential. At 1 to 2.5?mg lithium chloride and maybe some potassium iodide to prevent a deficiency ftom lithium use.?

I went much further in developing a protocol for ALS but because clamp down by authorities on me and attacked by local newspaper I decided to contribute less to earthclinic.

Mucin or mucus is important for gut health and is important for protection of intestinal barrier or you get constipated and further deterioration of ALS. So you must address the mucus with NAC and hyaluronic acid to help breakdown in lung as a result of thiocyanite deficiency that kill pathogens in the lung.?


Posted by Anupam (Poland) on 03/01/2014

Dear Ted, my father is diagnosis ALS. He is 68 lives in India .now he is unable to walk and talk. Doctors says there is no treatment of ALS. Pls help us

Posted by Mike62
Anupam: Ingredients need to be organic. Eat raw fruits and vegetables from Organic India. Make smoothies with a blender from the leaves and peels. Most of the nutrients are in the leaves and peels. For oil and protein eat soaked nuts and seeds raw. Keep fat below 5%/g of carbs. Take 1/2 saturated fat and 1/2 unsaturated. Get some omega 3's from plants. Make home brewed water kefir with whole sugars or/and whole flours, 60g carbs/quart. Put 4oz papaya, 1tsp papaya seeds, some chili, and 4oz pineapple in a blender with some water, grind up, and drink. Do this 4x/day. Include the peel, core, and stem.
Posted by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
471 Posts
Hello Anupam,

I see you ask Ted about ALS and I'm not Ted nor even close to his expertise but if you will allow me, I'll give you my own approach to ALS.

I believe there is evidence that ALS has at its root a viral infection in the spine, cousins to the Polio virus. The Polio virus is a "specialty" virus and in theory so is ALS. Cadaver studies were performed on ALS corpses and (as I can recall) about 80 percent of those had the virus in the horns of the spinal vertebra.

In theory, then if I suspected a spinal infection, I would use a 50/50 mix of DMSO (see Earth Clinic under Remedies) and Colloidal Silver (see Earth Clinic again under Remedies). I'd apply with a white cloth as a poultice to spinal column for thirty minutes three times a week. After a month if I'd improved at all, I'd continue for six months. I'd also drink CS daily, three tablespoons on empty stomach daily for six months to kill the virus in the rest of the body. The DMSO will carry the Silver atoms into the skin and DMSO is also an anti viral so it too will help.

This combo has worked for me for numerous "below skin" infections and, yes, it will penetrate bone. If the combo is applied to base of skull it will penetrate into the brain. If I thought I had any infection in brain I would try this combination three times a week for at least a month and judge results.

Your father is very far advanced; you said he could not walk or talk; so the approach is a long shot....but if this were me...I'd try anything at this time.

Posted by Prioris
Fl, Usa
264 Posts
Ted's email address is parhatsathid(at)gmail(dot)com

Posted by Steve (Pittsburgh, Pa) on 06/10/2013

Has any with ALS followed Ted's protocols for ALS? If so, what level of success? Thanks, Steve

Posted by Nancy (Englewood, Florida) on 05/31/2013

Dear Ted, we could really use your input. My friend Denise with ALS (diagnosed in 3/2012) is showing more signs of imbalance and limb weakness and her left foot is dragging at times causing her to stumble and fall. Her ALS presented as bulbar, so her biggest issues have been with swallowing/choking and speech. She currently is NPO with a PEG tube for all nutrition & hydration and is non-verbal and uses an iPad app to communicate. That said, she is very positive and proactive and working hard to maintain her ambulatory status.

Her current regimen includes Lysine/Threonine 4 times a day, glutamine 4 times a day twice a week, betaine 3 times a day, and Centella twice a day. She has followed this routine for about a month & a half now and has recently added humic acid daily.

Based on her current regimen and her recent limb weakness and balance issues, is there anything you would recommend to add to or adjust her routine? Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated and we appreciate all you do.

Posted by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
You forgot the two most important supplements to control virus-caused ALS: zinc and lithium. The zinc is ideally zinc acetate or zinc chloride, given in frequent doses: 5 mg x 6. Lithium is 5 mg given at night in the form of lithium carbonate. I know more than I mentioned in the post as there are things that are specific to four different types of ALS, but this is the general ALS treatment. Lugol's Iodine has also been proven helpful.


Posted by Marty
Rye, NY
2 Posts
Butch Machlan talks about solving als, runs in his family, using magnesium chloride, along with coconut oil.

Posted by Nancy (Englewood, Fl) on 04/14/2013

Hi, Interested in starting the Lysine/Threonine regimen with my 59 year old friend with ALS. I haven't yet seen this question addresses, but my friend is NPO (nothing by mouth) and with a PEG tube. Can these be safely put into her PEG tube?

Posted by Nancy
Englewood, Fl
3 Posts
Dear Ted, thanks for your recent response informing me that Lithium and zinc are supplements needed to help stop the ALS progression. I could use some help in locating the lithium though.

Posted by Sarah (Carlyle, Illinois ) on 04/10/2013

My father-n-law has recently been diagnosed with ALS. We are having a really hard time to figure out what to do to help him. His progression is coming way to fast he is really having a tough time sleeping, problems with saliva, constipation and he is also very depressed. He has doctor appointment this Friday at the ALS clinic in St Louis. Ted, I need your help.

Posted by Timh
Louisville, Ky, USA
1294 Posts
Sarah: I'm not Ted and cannot offer any specific recommendations, BUT I just watched an ihealthtube video of Professor Garth Nicholson of the Institute of Molecular Medicine speaking of his successes treating degenerative and chronic diseases with Lipid Replacement Therapy (LRT). He mentioned only recently using LRT in degenerative neurological diseases with success.

Posted by Angela (Modesto, Ca) on 04/05/2013

Hello all! This question is for Ted

It's been a while since I posted, I have been busy with the care of my dad who is healing from als. He is being called the 'new' miracle man. Ted has been of major and effective assistance in this arena and my family and I continue to be grateful for his contributions. I wanted to ask Ted if he knew of any side effects of branch chained amino acids for someone like my dad who is not on any medications - except for acid reflux and constipation which are both PRN. He breathes room air (never been on oxygen) and continues to seek natural ways to help his muscles repair and rebuld themselves. What is your opinion on BCAA's positive and not-so positive?

Posted by Tonya
San Diego, Ca
2 Posts
Hi Angela -- Can you tell me what worked and didn't work with the treatment for your "new miracle man" father? :) My mother has been recently diagnosed with ALS. Thanks in advance!

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