Last Modified on Jan 25, 2016
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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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
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Posted by Alon Shomer B.sc. N.d. (Jerusalem, Israel) on 02/02/2015
I treated a person that came to me several years ago.
He complained that he is progressively losing control over his legs making it difficult to walk, and that he has lots of muscle twitching in his left shoulder.
Since I believe that most of the CNS diseases are caused by funguses, I treated him for candida:
Mainly - no sweet beverages or drinks of any sort ( including fruit juices) at any time.
Large amount of probiotics. Very little sugars including fruits.
Diet: as much as he wanted vegetable salad with olive oil.
Semi hard yellow cheese or camembert (made with rennet and bacteria). Green drinks (green vegetables with one carrot only). Rice (small portion). Meat that was cooked or grilled for about two hours (moderate amounts). Eggs - two to four a week. Almonds soaked in water over night. Miso soup with wakame. Nuts and seeds
Supplements: (5-6 days a week all supplements) multivitamin and minerals. + zinc picolinate 10 mg + fish oil (3 times more EPA then DHA) 300 to 500 mg + vitamin E 200 mg mix tocopherols +1000 mg lecithin + B12 (4000 microgram a week) + vitamin C 500 mg + probiotics several strains, 2 capsules 4 times a day.
(He was instructed to wear copper bracelet, but today I will replace it by using on top of the one mg of copper in the multi, 3 mg of copper twice a week separated from any other supplement).
Exercises - at least 20 minutes a day, whatever he wanted to do in order to burn up calories, preferably before going to sleep.
In few months all his symptoms disappeared and all functions became normal.
I am unable to say for sure that it was the beginning of ALS but it is definitely worth the try.
Posted by Reflectivegypsy (Sicklerville, New Jersey) on 01/04/2015
Hi, Ted. I was diagnosed with ALS almost two years ago and I'm trying to find things to help me get better. I have a few questions about hyaluronic acid. On 6/6/14, you told one poster that you recommend "a small amount of hyaluronic acid .5 grams to 500 cc to water mix with sea salt 5 grams also." Did you mean to say we should use 5 grams of hyaluronic acid, not .5 grams? And how many times a day should this be taken? Thanks!
Posted by Heather (Sudbury, Ontario, Canada) on 10/22/2009
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.
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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
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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 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?
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Posted by Carolyn (Simpsonville, South Carolina) on 12/22/2012
Dear Ted I was diagnosed with als in January 2012, right now all I have is severe weakning of the legs and arms is there anything I can do to help the weakness. And the vitamin D3 for muscle atrophy is it 20, 000 IU a day for a month or 20, 000IU in one month look forward to hearing from you
Posted by Janice H (Eastaboga, Alabama, Usa) on 10/10/2012
Ted, I followed your guidelines on the mixture of enzymes for my brother-in-law who was recently diagnosed with ALS after a process of elimination for other causes of MND. He said his kidneys seem to be overactive and after 5 days of treatment he was exhausted from sleep deprivation due to trips to the bathroom all night and day. He was drinking fluids yet still feels dehydrated. Is this normal when starting enzyme-treatment? Other concerns: He was water skiing (on one/two ski) this time last year, and rode his bicycle 500 miles in Jan (2012) when he had lower back pain & knee pain; his doctor recommended a regimine of 3 epidurals beginning in Feb (2012). Immediately after the first epidural he had severe muscle cramps and pain; his doctor recommended potassium and continued with the other 2 epidurals. Soon after he began to stumble and fall; loose strength and use of his hands. He continues to have pain in limbs, and recently fell injuring his shoulder; so he doesn't have paralysis; he just can't control his limbs. He has no problems eating or talking. His doctor refused to connect the epidurals with his sudden loss of control of his limbs. Recently there has been a recall of medication used in epidurals for back pain due to contamination resulting in "fungal miningitis epidemic" in the USA. NO DOCTOR WILL ADDRESS THIS ISSUE WITH MY BROTHER-IN-LAW; he has always felt this sudden onset of MND is related to the epidurals. What would you suggest his next approach in this matter? Thanks so much, I read all you material! Janice H
Posted by Mahesh Thapa (Kathmandu, Nepal) on 08/26/2012
Hello Ted, I am Mahesh Thapa from Kathmandu, Nepal. I was diagnosed MND 10 years ago when I was 25. Actually I have 11 years of history. I used Vitamin B complex, Vitamin E & Calcium for few years but there was lots of wounds like bigger pimples came to face because of its side effect & I stopped it. I used other available alternative treatments for 2 years & since then I haven't used any treatment and medicine except using free homeopathic medicine from a government hospital. I haven't checked up for 7 years.
I can stand for few minutes & few steps on my own but need support to walk, can't speak properly (unclear & nasal voice), fasciculation & cramping on muscles in most part of body, muscle loss in hand & shoulder resulting minimal movement in both hands, I use on screen keyboard to type. I need support to use toilet & bathroom but I strongly believe that I can overcome this disease. doctors had given me around three years of prognosis & asked that I will have to use feeding tube within 6 months but it didn't happen.
Now I don't have any problem in respiration, lungs & heart. I can eat normally & use all types of food as normal person & don't have digestive problem. I can sleep well. I can sit & work on computer for hours. I have good memory. I am good player of chess at national level, have got FIDE chess rating 3 months ago.
Please suggest me your remedy in detail. is it MND or I am misdiagnosed? Is there any pathological test needed before using your remedy?
Thanks, Mahesh mthapa9(at)outlook.com
Posted by Stephen (Sydney, Australia) on 08/05/2012
Hi Ted, I read your coments and sugestions with interest re. this disease, which my wife suffers from, and we are keen to start trying the suggested treatment, a couple of questions re. some of the products, Firstly, humic acid seems hard to find except for agricultural use, will keep trying to source it. Also I have only found threanine in an amino acid complex, is it ok to use this until I can locate some? Thanks Ted, Stephen.
Posted by Chris (Pueblo, Co) on 06/09/2012
I have been helping a friend with ALS/Lou Gehrig's through the treatment recommended starting with the Lysine and Threonine as foundation. The Threonine dramatically increased mucous production in my friend and her breathing, which was strong before, had suddenly become labored. I did some more research on the Threonine and discovered on the WebMD site's description of Threonine side effects stating:
"Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease): There is some concern that threonine might decrease lung function in patients with ALS. In one study, ALS patients taking 4 grams of threonine per day had significantly reduced lung function compared to patients who did not receive threonine..."
And this is exactly what we saw. With all the symptoms of ALS she showed, the reduced lung function has not yet been one of them. But the introduction of Threonine directly coincided with a dramatic affect on her breathing. She said it felt like an elephant sitting on her chest.
On the positive, she previously had a clenched feeling in her throat that was pinching and really wearing her down. Since taking the Threonine, this has noticably relaxed and made it much easier to bear. But the thick mucous increase and belabored breathing is a bit scary, especially since many ALS sufferers die from this aspect. We are stopping the Threonine in hopes that her breathing will return to normal. If it doesn't I may counteract it with arginine, but I know this supports the possible viral function that we are attacking with Lysine. So I want to be careful and take it one day at a time.
I just felt it important to share this experince in case it is of help to anyone else out there.