Knowing human being and elaborating the intricacies, Ayurveda remains unique in the concept of the individual. A few months of my life and practice in Germany gave me the understanding, that Ayurveda could emerge as a medical system in the West only through evidence based studies. Because its philosophical and theoratical fundamentals are unable to be explained in the present day reductionistic knowledge. This event shall be enumerated as a step to the future of Ayurveda in the West.
Incidently, I had various occasions to share with MS patients and there by to know the intensity of the disease “Multiple Sclerosis”. Since MS is affecting mostly people of the younger age group, who are involved in the vibrance of health in creating family, job, sport etc it is a despairing incident in their life. Its sudden onset and the impression they get that there is no cure possible.
The Government of Germany is paying more than 33000 Euro per year (Die Welt 16.11.04).(the reason to which this treatment method can be inducted to be paid by the insurance).
This is a collection of case studies on Multiple Sclerosis treated with the help of DATMS (The Dathathreya Ayurvedic Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis). A collection of Ayurvedic treatment methods adapted to individual needs. A treatment method that had been invented or developed by Swami Dathathreya, the teacher to my father Dr. R.Raghavan who had refined this method and is using in the management of Multiple Sclerosis in our Family clinic in India and Ayurveda Ashram in Germany. The most important facet of the treatment is the usage of Potentated Herbal oils.
This is an invitation to share the benevolent views of the Ayurveda as reflected by the vedic saying “Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu” – let the entire world be Healthy.
Dr. Prasanth Raghavan B.A.M.S
Here we give an overview about Multiple Sclerosis patients who had the DATMS Ayurveda treatment programs, which had been treated by Dr.Prasanth Raghavan (B.A.M.S. Mangalore University, India). Here we have given more emphasis on the symptoms that are affecting patients daily life (pains, motor functions like walking, bladder control, vision etc.)
Elisabeth Heinrich- aged 53 years from Weingarten
MS diagnosis 2005
(name and location changed to protect identity)
Background of Mrs. Elisabeth Heinrich: age 53 years, was working as a school teacher for the past 30 years. She worked continuously without leave during the duration of her career. During the treatment she agreed to take a 6 months leave after the therapy which was essential to control the progression of MS.
Duration of DATMS Therapy – July 2006 for 60 days.
Investigation Method - MRI and CSF investigation.
Diagnosis - 2002
Type of MS – Primary progressive.
Body weight - 66 kg , Height- 1,72 meters
She got the diagnosis of MS in the year 2002. But in the year 2000 she was diagnosed as Encephalomyelitis disseminate. In the year 2002 itself she got 3 exacerbation and that leads to considerable deficit in motor activities were her walking distance was reduced to less than 2 km (she was walking more than 20 km before 2000). And other symptoms like severe pain, bladder symptoms, gait disturbances etc.
Medication – On all the 3 exacerbations period she was on high doses of cortisone. Also medications like Copaxone, Neurontin 300 (twice daily, ingredient is Gaba Pentene).
Kentera – Plaster (Wirkstoff oxybutznin), L-Thyroxin 100, Urbasone, and other food supplements. She is taking L-Thyroxin 100 on advice from her endocrinologist to avoid a pathology process that may lead to disease of the thyroid gland in the future. (Details not available.)
Symptoms of MS before DATMS
Altered Sensation – tingling sensation in the legs, dissimilar sensation of the left hand.
Gait & Balance – it is documented that when she walks 200-250 meters, she has considerable pain in the legs. The gait was visibly changed from normalcy, with dragging of the left leg involving her hip joint.
Spasticity - Spasticity is present in both the legs, especially the left leg.Stiffness of the knee joint and ankle joint.
Coordination- mildly affected.
Bladder & bowel problems - she has to wake up in the night 3-4 times, and reported urinary incontinence, she has to interrupt the therapy several times during the initial days of treatment for urination or bowel urgency. Bowel control was also affected as she says that – flatulence (elimination of gas) without control; frequent constipation.
Cognitive & emotional disturbance- See ‘General’
Mental - mentally disturbed with mood swings due to MS.
Weakness & fatigue – Fatigued in the afternoon, during warm days and in summer.
Pain - She had severe pain in the legs for which she was taking Gaba pentene 600 mg and still the pain was strong, occasional headache.
Family – no family history of MS or other neurological diseases.
General – As she was having severe side effects from the medication she was taking, she requested that the doses be minimized, especially the Gaba Pentene, which was taken for palliating the pain and was periodically increased to 600 mg still the pain was strong. It is stated that this medicine is not supposed to be taken not longer than 6 months (she had already been taking Gaba Pentene for 4 years). Her condition improved during the first days of treatment ,especiallythe pain and she tried to taper the intake of Gaba pentene , but on the following days she had severe panic attacks, depression and sleeplessness (only 2 –3 hours of sleep during the night) as the withdrawal symptom of Gaba Pentene. On consultation with the Neurologist who suggested for her to continue taking Gaba Pentene. However, with her determination and the effect of the DATMS treatment she had slowly tapered the dosage of the drug to 100mg from 600mg. During the treatment, the complication of the Gaba Pentene was disrupting her sleep, where sleep is very essential for the recovery of the patient therefore she had been advised to postpone the treatment for about a month until her sleep was normalized. Earlier in her life she had thyroid surgery and from then onwards she was taking L-thyroxin 100mg, this might have also complicated the situation.
After the DATMS Therapy
Gait & Balance – She is able to walk 600-650 meters and during the second to the last day of the treatment she walked 1000 meters with out having pain or other discomfort. Moreover the gait style improved considerably in the initial phase of walking (up to 100 meters) and there is no visible disturbance in walking and balance. The dragging of the left leg and hip has visibly improved.
Spasticity - The spasticity of both legs has improved; especially the left leg which was more affected.
Bladder & bowel problems – there was noticeable improvement in the bladder control as she is waking up only 1 time in the night. Even though she had withdrawn for the Kentera-Plaster what was applied for bladder control. The problems of bowel urgency and flatulence without control were absent during the later days of treatment.
Cognitive & emotional disturbance – she is calm and stable now.
Pain – Pain in the legs were absent during the last phase of treatment. The intensity of the headache is reduced.
Sebastian Kramer - aged 52 years from Schönebeck
MS diagnosis 2005
(name and location changed to protect identity)
Background of Mr Sebastian Kramer: age 52 years old was diagnosed with MS in 2005. He is self employed with demanding responsibilities. He is working around 35-40 hours per week at his office now, and twice per day he needs to take rest lying down because of weakness caused by MS. It was found from the DATMS method of diagnosis that the pathology might have started at least 5 years back. On inquiry he also told that he had some visual disturbance during 2004 where he defined that “both eyes had divorced”.
Body weight – 73 kg
Diagnosis – 13/07/2005
Duration of DATMS therapy – 45 days
Investigation method – from MRI and CSF studies.
DATMS Treatment started – 05/05/2006.
Symptoms before starting the DATMS Therapy
Altered Sensation – typical feeling of “electric stroke” while bending the neck.
Gait and Balance – He was able to walk about 60 meters. There is a visible disturbance in the balance during the initial steps itself. He was holding the fence and lamp post while walking this distance. The abnormality while walking is visible in the hip joint also. Unable to stand in one foot, difficulty while taking off the trousers, difficulty in walking on uneven grounds.
Coordination – difficulty in holding the knife and fork and to cut meat etc. He also says that he had problems in writing in small squares as in bank papers.
Bladder & Bowel Symptoms – Urinary urgency, had 1 time incontinence in the past. He had to wake up 4-5 times in the night.
Weakness & Fatigue – He got fatigued during the day and he used to take rest 2 times per day in his office by lying down.
Pain - In both the knees, more in the left knee. Low back ache.
Visual Disturbances – Double vision, Even before the age of 40 yrs, he had incidences of double vision, eye sight got deteriorated in the past years.
Other – He is suffering from tinnitus , tiredness, lack of energy,
Family – His aunt from his father’s side had MS.
Medication – he was on levthyroxin 50 mg for 25 years.
Note – He is more than 6ft tall and weighing 73kg, appears to be a lean person.
After DATMS Therapy
Gait - He reported that walking got better during the first week of the treatment, and has better balance which enables him to walk fast and easily. He says once that he was climbing stairs as he was doing 20 years back.
He could walk around 3 times the distance by the end of the treatment.
Tinnitus - His tinnitus was altogether gone during the 3rd week of the treatment.
Pain - Back ache was better.
Bladder - Bladder control got better . He wakes up 1 time during the night.
Ruth Müller - aged 58 years from Heidelberg
MS dagnosis 1995
(name and location changed to protect identity)
Background of Mrs. Ruth Müller: She was working earlier as a computer programmer with the oldest versions of computers dating back to the 1970s. She was an active and versatile lady who did activities from cooking to gardening, and from knitting to repairing electronic appliances.
Investigation method for diagnosis of MS – MRI
Year of diagnosis - 1995
Type of MS – Secondary progressive MS
Duration of DATMS Therapy - July 2005 and July 2006 for 60 days each.
Symptoms before DATMS therapy
Gait and Balance – she could walk 18 meters with the help of a walker.
Bladder Problems – urinary incontinence. 2-3 times per night and when she is having the urge, she could control urine for about 2 minutes.
Fatigue – She got fatigued during warmer days and if the change in weather was sudden.
Pain – in the hip joint and in the lower back (mostly due to the gait pattern) she reported pain in the left thigh also.
Spasticity - extension spasticity: hip, knee, and ankle joints are involved.
Psychological – good mentation, positive in attitude.
Weakness and fatigue - during the afternoons
General – mostly in the winter her symptoms will get aggravated especially difficulties with walking and pain. In 2001 she had the last exacerbation and since then the condition was progressively deteriorating.
Conventional Medication – she is taking Trospi and Sirdalud.
Special findings – there is a family history of MS on the maternal side. She is allergic to onion and garlic.
After the treatments
Gait and Balance – walking distance was gradually increased to 80 meters by the end of the treatment and in the second year that distance was more or less maintained in spite of having some pain in the hip during the last winter. Her balance got better and she could stand without support for some time. Within the period between the first and second year of treatment her walking pace has improved. She reported that she could walk 100 meters and the minimum of 60 meters.
Pain -There was some occasional pain reported in between the treatments but that was either reduced by itself or one time she had to take a couple of days therapy to palliate the pain.
Bladder control – The bladder control had improved so that she herself had reduced Trospi. Incontinence which occurred several times per day was reduced to a few times per month. She has better bladder control now.
In December 2006 she fell down and said that her gait was much affected and the distance she could walk had reduced. On examination it was found that she can be brought back to the previous state of health with few treatments.
Karin Mertens - aged 43 years from Weißenfels
MS diagnosis 2002
Background of Mrs. Karin Mertens, age 43 years from Weißenfels, working as a dental technician and was a very active woman involved in gymnastics, trained rescue dogs, and was on a team as a rescue swimmer.
Duration of DATMS Therapy – November 2005, October 2006, 45 days for each treatment
Diagnosis of MS – 2002
Type of MS – Relapse and remission MS
Investigation method – MRI
Symptoms before DATMS Therapy
Altered Sensation – Numbness in the face. Burning sensation in the left eye. Feeling of “Electrified sensation” in the right ear area and the ear is getting hotter during cold seasons which is associated with pain in the same area. During these times she has to lie down and take rest. Sometimes this symptom will be there continuously for a week. Aggravating factors include cold climate, stress and menstruation. These symptoms may last about 30 – 60 minutes.
Gait – she could walk 4-5 km on a flat surface, at the end she may hold the hand of her husband for support. However she could not increase the walking speed. While walking she drags her left leg more than the right, a visible abnormality. Climbing stairs is difficult, she could do so only by stepping sideways.
Left hand – Tremor while holding the hand straight; she was unable to hold small objects with the thumb and the forefinger. Difficulty in fine movements. She instinctually avoided using left hand in various situation and that is apparent.
Body weight – 49-50 kg. She lost 7 kg within 14 days during 2002. Cause was unknown. Her height is around 6 feet.
Vertigo and Balancing – while walking she was unable to turn her head because she may lose her balance; difficulty in balancing while walking through a narrow path or between parked cars. Balance tends to deteriorate with the distance of walking. In order to walk long distances she has to hold the hand of her husband.
Eye - In the left eye she feels flickering or feeling of movement in the eyelids.
Psychological - calm and collected.
Special findings – As a young girl she developed hypothyroidism.She was working as a dental technician and made amalgam where mercury is an ingredient. She was working unprotected bare hands.
A few months after the diagnosis she had lost 5 kg within 14 days. This is significant since she had a stable weight of around 60 kg for many years.
She was in a study group for but gave up after 6 months because of tachycardia caused by the complications of beta interferon.
After DATMS Therapy in Nov 2005 and Oct 2006
Gait - The dragging of the left foot has reduced considerably (video taken earlier and now reveals that). The exertion for walking has reduced. She can walk 5 km on average without holding the hand of her husband. The maximum distance she has walked was 7-8 km without having problems. The visible abnormality of dragging her left leg while walking was reduced.
Balance & Vertigo - Balance improved, now she is able to turn her head while walking which was not possible earlier.
Left hand - Left hand is more efficient, she started to use a spoon with her left hand, other fine and gross movements are done easily and more precisely (earlier the left hand was somehow avoided during various activities.)
Body weight - Body weight was reduced during the time of treatment (46.5 kg during the treatment ), 2 weeks later at home, the body weight improved to 51 kg.
General health - there is a general improvement in her health condition and she is looking more energetic and younger.
2nd DATMS Therapy
She is feeling good and the improvement she got in the first year of treatment is unaltered and no exacerbations or appearance of any new symptoms of MS.
Gait – the dragging of the left leg has visibly changed and it is sometimes almost normal.
Balance – her balance had improved and she told of an incident where she climbed 200 narrow steps in the Castle of Heidelberg and she did not experience balance problems or problems while climbing (where before the treatment she could only climb stairs by keeping her left legs sideways.)
During this time care was taken so that she did not loose weight, but had increased a few hundred grams.
Left hand - Her left hand got better and she spontaneously start to use her left hand in various activities. An example that I noticed was in the beginning she used to open the door with the right hand by turning sideways to avoid using the left hand and now it is spontaneous that she uses her left hand which is normal in this case. This gives an idea in real life how her left hand is starting to be used regularly and almost normally for gross movements.
What we are mainly looking forward to is for her to walk more than 8 km, to normalize the gait pattern, to have better balancing while walking, (which used to vary on some days) and eventually making her to run some distance. We all hope will happen in the near future.
Tom F, aged 48 years, from USA
Ayurveda-Treatments: Summer 97, 98 und 99, after the first year’s treatment program he was free of MS Symptoms. Since 8 years, the patient leads a normal life and is doing even more sports than prior to the disease, in the yearly taken MRI’s no lesions are visible anymore since last year.
Symptoms: affected gait and buckling of the right knee, sensory disturbances in the lower arm, calf and knee, head ache
Multiple Sclerosis Case Study 1
1) Tom F, aged 48 years, from USA
To whom it may concern, I have been asked to describe my experience with Ayurvedic treatment.
In 1997 I was diagnosed by an MRI and symptoms as having Multiple Sclerosis.
Because treatment options in the West were somewhat limited, a friend suggested I explore getting treatment from a non-Western source. I have always had an enormous respect for the traditions and scholarship of India. Through a VIP acquaintance there, I was fortunate to be put in touch with a Dr.Prasanth.I went to India and was delighted to discover that Dr.Prasanth comes from a family that has a long history of practicing in the Ayurvedic tradition. This is no “fad” or passing interest for them -- they study the ancient texts, in the original Sanskrit, and, as I discovered, prepare the medicines in an authentic way.
The traditional texts describe in detail the lengthy steps for the preparation of the medicines, beginning with how and where they are harvested. It by this time-consuming preparation, as I understand it, that the medicines achieve their efficacy. As I investigated further, I discovered that it seems like most “off-the-self” Ayurvedic medicines are prepared in-bulk, in a way that does not preserve the essence of the medicines. Perhaps this is what accounts for Dr.Prasanth’s success. Frankly, I was somewhat dubious of the whole situation I found when I sought treatment. I’m a scientist and so one of the things I was most skeptical of was that the doctor claimed that he could know, from listening to my pulse, my various physiological and even psychological states.However, in time, as I suspiciously scrutinized the doctors, I was actually convinced that the pulse reading done by Dr. Prasanth and also sanctioned by the traditional texts, is legitimate and works! So what happened when I got treatment? Well, the symptoms I had disappeared and have not reappeared since.
The “Doubting Thomas” in me says, “Oh, MS can do that – going silent and then resurfacing.” But, it’s been eight years now and I have no symptoms. This isn’t unheard of in the MS world, but it is not a frequent occurrence.
In fact, my Yale-educated neurologist says that my MRI now looks better than it did years ago when I was first diagnosed.
One of the difficulties in seeking non-Western forms of healing is knowing if the practitioner is honest or just pretending. Is he schooled in a tradition, or is he just a cowboy? From my careful observations, inquiry, and experience, I can assure you that Dr Prasanth is a man of total integrity. He is what he says he is. He has followed the rigorous path of study in his discipline, adheres to the thousands of years old tradition … and, most importantly, gets results!
Wibke Kunzmann - 42 years from Marburg
MS diagnosis 1979
(name and location changed to protect identity)
Background of Mrs Wibke Kunzmann: age 42 years old from Marburg is a mother of 3 children. She is a primary school teacher who also teaches music. She was diagnosed with MS in the year 1979. Her condition was very slowly deteriorating since then. Mostly the motor functions were affected. Even before the year ‘79 she told that – “while cycling [her] right foot fell off from the pedal.”
Investigation method for the diagnosis of MS – MRI and CSF studies.
Diagnosis – 1979.
Type of MS – Primary progressive MS
Duration of DATMS Therapy - July 2005 for 60 days.
Symptoms Before DATMS Therapy
Coordination - fine movement of the right hand is affected, she was unable to play the flute, she could not write for long time.
Gait and Balance – walking with the help of a walking stick, she could walk 50 meters.
Bladder Problems – frequency of urination is more
Bowel Problems – reduced bowel control (frequency of bowel movement or urge is more)
Fatigue & Weakness – especially in the afternoon time
Pain - Pain in both legs, especially in the right leg.
Spasticity- spasticity in both legs and there is difficulty in flexing the legs at the knee.
General – difficulty in falling asleep, had history of fainting without apparent reason.
Conventional Medication – she was on immuno-globulins for 5 years to avoid respiratory and other infections. Cortisone was given in 1997.
Special findings – she was prone to get respiratory infections. She often had cough and her respiratory volume was found to be reduced. She had intense difficulty in breathing on Nov 2004 and was immediately taken to the emergency section (incidentally her lesion is in the cervical area). Her symptoms were getting worse with infections and inflammations. She had a Cruciate ligament injury of the right leg before the diagnosis of MS.
Results after the DATMS Therapy
Gait – walking distance was gradually increased to 350 meters.
The pain while walking was palliated.
Fine movement of her right hand was better, she could play the flute again.
She did not have any infections for the last 1 year.
She was unable to take the treatment in this year owing to personal reasons. Her body constitution is having a specialty that the disease will worsen in a slower way and the result of the treatment will also take time. She has a primary progressive MS.
Daniel Schröder, 38 Jahre aus München*
MS diagnosis 1991, first relapse 1989
Ayurveda-Treatments: Winter 2005, walking faster, gait distance now 600 m, better balance, what enables him to stand without support, painful flexor spasm around 16 times per hour and now sometimes once per day.
Symptoms: severe balance disturbance, can walk only with the help of 2 walking sticks a distance of maximal 100 m, head ache, vertigo, bad sleep, double vision, painful flexor spasm of the legs
Working as a teacher. Diagnosed in the year 1991.
First symptom was an optic neuritis 2 years prior to the MS diagnosis. Later other sensory and motor deficits developped. The condition of the patient worsened step by step. He could not drive the bycycle anymore. The car had been changed to be driven with the hands only. Walking with the help of 2 sticks, since there was a severe balance problem. MRI was showing many lesions, but prior to the treatment there was hardly any remission after the relapses.
Health condition before the treatment:
• Painful flexor spasm (Involuntary movement of the legs)
Right leg – while lying down and sitting causing severe pain in the hip and thigh. Flexion of hip joint to 90 degrees and knee 90 degrees or more.
• Frequency – 16 – 20 times /hour, noticed during treatment.
Left leg - in a milder form in comparison with the right leg.
• Vertigo - intense while lying down on the back or changing the position
• Walking - Could walk 100 m with difficulty. Could walk 2 - 4 meters without support.
• Balance - He had a couple of accidents with his “roller’’(mechanical scooter) in December 2004.
• Vision disturbance with double vision and occasional some lightenings.
• Urinary urgency
• Sleep disturbance
• Weakness of the hands
Changes during the first treatment (30.01.-05.04.2005.)
Routine Video was taken on the Gait improvement.
Changes after 2 weeks of therapy- (in patient’s own words)
Urinary urgency - slightly improved.
Head ache - had stopped.
Better sensitivity of the feet, gives more security while standing.
Muscles of the back had better strength, so that I can stand straight.
Better balance, so that I can stand for longer duration without holding and can work in kitchen.
Flexor spasm of the right leg decreased in frequency and intensity, so it is easier for me to sit, to lie down on the bed and to fall asleep faster.
I could walk 100 meters easier but the distance did not change.
Altogether feels stronger.
Changes by the end of the therapy
Flexor spasm almost gone.
Walking up to 600 m, 400 m easily.
Can walk faster and balance is better.
Esther Corneli, aged 34 years from Heilbronn*
MS diagnosis 2002, first relapse 1998
Ayurveda treatments Winter 2004/2005, all symptoms were palliated, many symptoms were fully subsided.
Symptoms: Severe GI problems, allergies, vertigo, blurred and double vision, head ache, back and neck pain, sensory disturbances, weakness especially in the legs, nervousness and inner restlessness.
5) Esther Corneli, aged 34 years from Heilbronn
(name and location changed to protect identity)
Background of Mrs Esther Corneli: age 34 years from Heilbronn was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the year 2002 soon after the first relapse. Earlier to this incidence, in 1998 she had blurred vision, and weakness of the right leg and of the right side of the body was noted. After a 2nd relapse in August 2004 she reported that she had never fully recovered to a normal state of health. She had to leave from working as a Marketing Trainer for about 1 year due to vertigo, weakness and other symptoms of MS.
Investigation method for the diagnosis of MS – MRI,
Diagnosis – 2002. Relapse and remission MS
DATMS – Treatment taken on 05.12.04 - 25.1.05, 10.11.05 - 21.12.05.
Duration of DATMS Therapy – 52 and 42 days.
Symptoms before DATMS therapy
Altered sensation – numbness in the right leg, difference in the perception on the right and the left half of the body, tingling sensation of the right arm, sensation of heat in the left shoulder.
Gait – Uncertainty in the movement of the legs while walking, instability of both the knees
Balance – Vertigo; she reported that she had fallen from a chair due to vertigo
Bladder problems- Constant pressure on the bladder with slow discharge of urine.
Cognitive & emotional disturbance - Anxiety, nervousness and apathy, depression, deficiency in concentration.
General – Difficulty in breathing, sleep disturbances, nausea, indigestion, constipation with occasional diarrhea, dizziness, mild tremors, stiffness of the neck, weakness, fatigue, weakness of the left leg and neck.
Pain - Diffused muscle pain, headache, neck and shoulder pain, pain in the left hand and fingers.
Visual disturbances - Cloudy vision of the left eye (optic nerve inflammation in the 2nd relapse).
Conventional medication – in relapse time she was given cortisone. Zocor (Simvastatin) 40 mg, Omega 3 – fatty acids
Allergies – Wheat, dairy products, chamomile, coriander, cumin, capsicum, celery, clove, cardamom, ginger, apple, pork, egg yolk, raw tomato, bananas, cocoa.
After the first DATMS therapy from 5.12.2004-25.1.2005
Note from Dr. Prasanth – She was given treatment on constant observation. During the first course of treatment she was advised to inform the Ayurveda physician whenever she felt aggravation of symptoms. Her daily meal was regulated depending upon her improved ability to withstand allergies, level of appetite and hunger. She was supported during mood swings and other emotional situations.
The primary importance was given to normalize her digestive pattern which was abnormal since childhood.
A list of her symptoms, and level of severity was recorded on a daily basis as is followed during the therapy for most patients.
She responded well to the treatment and the symptoms of MS gradually reduced in the first year of treatment except for occasional pain in the shoulder, neck, and left hand, mild vertigo, sensation disturbances like burning and tingling sensations.
In between the first and second year of treatment she was careful in following the DATMS food pattern and during this time she could eat most of the food that she was allergic to earlier. During this time she started to work 3 hours per day.
After the 2nd DATMS therapy from November 10 – December 21 2005
After the 2nd year of treatment, the remaining symptoms of MS were reducing gradually and in about a couple of months after the treatment she was free of all symptoms of MS and began to work fulltime afterwards. So far she did not have any appearance or reappearance of any symptoms of MS. One point to note is that she is observant in following the rules and regulations of DATMS therapy.
Now she is self-employed and managing her own firm with 15 workers under her.
She will begin the third treatment in the beginning of 2007.
There was a delay in the third DATMS as she had a miscarriage in the 8th week of pregnancy in January.
Tina Paulsen, aged 31 years , from Hannover*
MS diagnosis 1996, first symptoms 1992
Ayurveda-Treatments: Autumn/Winter 2004, gait dist ance1800 meter, can even run ca. 50m and dance, many other symptoms like constipation, pain and sensory disturbance are improved.
Symptoms: Walking distance during the first consultation (September 2004) was about 700 meters. Relapse just before the therapy and the distance she could walk was 25 meters due to cortisone medication, severe balancing disturbances, depression and mood changes
Multiple Sclerosis Case Study 4
Tina Paulsen, aged 31 years , from Hannover*
She had the first symptoms of MS in the year 1992, numbness in the leg and abdominal area for 3 weeks. Diagnosis was in 1996. During the following years symptoms were
Gait disturbance – 1997 - could walk 20km.
1999 – around 10 km
2001 – 1.5 km.
2004 Oct – 600 meters.
Vertigo, double vision, Pains in the right and left leg, low back, lower abdomen and head ache, coordination deficit, difficulty in balancing.
From 2002 onwards the patient had relapse every 3 months.
May 2003 onwards, relapse every 3 - 4 weeks.
*Between March 2004 and September 2004 there was no relapse.
On September 2004 she had the last relapse before the DATMS.
Those exacerbations were intense that she was unable to write and put her signature.
Migraine every 3 – 4 months. Neck pain and headache every 1-2 weeks lasting for 2 days. Sciatica (left leg), shooting pain coming every 15 seconds. Eczema on the scalp
Main treatments taken;
On 1998, Ayurveda therapy was taken and following that the patient felt numbness in the face, chest region, arms and legs. The following 2 years she had this symptom. The symptom relieved except for the legs.
Chemotherapy – Last chemotherapy was on March 2004.
Cortisone was taken during relapse.
Symptoms before treatment
Just before starting the treatment she had a relapse and had underwent cortisone therapy. Following that she was walking 25 mts. (she told that, this decrease in walking is usual while taking cortisone). She was able to walk 600 mts just before the relapse in September 2004.
Gait – could walk 600 meters. There was visible stiffness and balancing deficit.(unable to stand in one leg.) .
Constipation (bowel movement 2-3 days)
The period of remission was often not there from 2003.
Frequent infections are being recorded in the past, that are accompanied with relapse of the disease.
Changes during and after the first treatment (17.10.2004-25.01.2005)
Gait: Improvement in the walking style. Could walk 2.3 km at the end of the therapy.
She was able to run around 50 mts which was nowhere possible at the beginning.
Headache is comparatively rare.
Bowel movement is regular.
Pain and stiffness in the legs were palliated.
During the treatment she had developed some ulcers in the scalp and in the left foot, followed with high fever. The treatment was stopped for 10 days.
Soon after the treatment, she got a flu which was prevalent in Niedersachsen at that time. The walking distance was reduced during this occasion (1 km), but regained slowly. In spite of all these, she did not have exacerbations or reappearance of any symptoms during these episodes of infections, that had been disappeared with the treatment.
Before starting of the treatment, it has been told to her that she has to be careful with her food and regimen, and also the difficulty related to her condition. This was because of her constitutional nature, repeated relapses and high intake of medicines and chemicals having long term complications. But in spite of all, we hope that she could be free of the illness once she complete her treatment program.
Jakob Reinhold, aged 54 years , from Frankfurt*
MS diagnosis 1979
Ayurveda-Treatment: Sommer 2004, Interruption after 11 days of treatment according to own wish, even the bladder control was improved, pain in the leg had subsided and walking had got easier. He is planning to continue the treatment later. (no detailed testimony available)
Paul Köster - aged 55 years from Hamburg
Ayurveda-Treatments: Winter 2004 und 2005 Condition is stable, pain free walking now 15 km in one stretch on even ground, running 1000 m, all other MS symptoms have subsided, no relapse since the first year’s treatment program
Symptoms: Walking distance is only 1500 meters, pain in the right lower rip and left ankle joint, increased urinal urgency (has to get up at night 3 – 5 times), depression and mood changes
Background of Mr. Paul Köster: age 55 years, from Hamburg a well-built man of medium stature, was involved in many types of sports and other physical activities until the diagnosis of MS. The motor deficit forced him to reduce his physical activities. In the initial phase of MS he had symptoms of sensory deficit like numbness in the face and tingling sensations in the limbs. Later the patient developed other motor and sensory deficits. The patient’s condition was progressively deteriorating and during this time he developed reflex esophagitis, and hypertension which was varying drastically. By the year 2004, the patient was unable to climb to the third floor of his home without taking breaks.
MS Diagnosis – 1995
Investigation method – MRI and CSF studies.
Type of MS – Secondary Progressive
DATMS Treatment taken – 3 years: 1st year (38 days/2004), 2nd year (46 days/2005),3rd year (41 days/2006)
Symptoms before DATMS Therapy
Altered Sensation – numbness in the face and limbs.
Gait & Balance – could walk 1500 meters pain free on even ground, while walking there will be a dragging of the right leg. Tremor after walking for few minutes. Buckling of the right knee (knee ‘gives out’).
Bladder Problems- Urinary urgency – waking up 3-5 times in the night.
Cognitive & Emotional Disturbances - Mood changes, irritability, and concentration deficit.
Pain – Right lower ribs, left ankle joint, right knee joint.
General - Disturbed sleep, tinnitus.
Medication – 8 tablets of blood pressure medicine per day.
Changes during and after the first treatment (30.01.-09.03.2004)
After 15 days of DATMS Therapy:
Cure from pain of the ankle joint and the rib.
80% improvement in the pain free walking distance.
No tremor felt during walking.
Buckling of the knee is no longer there.
Easy to stand up from the chair.
Bladder control is better, waking up only one time in the night.
Sleep got better.
Blood Pressure is controlled. (Reduced intake of medicine from 8 tablets a day to 1 per day on the advice from his General Physcian.)
After 24 days of DATMS Therapy:
Walking distance had steeply increased to 8 km.
Day to day increase in walking distance was noted
Almost normal bladder control. (Did not wake up in the night at all.)
Intensity of the tinnitus reduced
Calm and collected.
End of first year of DATMS Therapy
By the end of the treatment he could walk 12 kms in one stretch. Where in the beginning he could only walk 1500 meters.
He could climb to the third floor of his apartment even with his luggage.
During the year 2004 until 2005 in January he was free of any exacerbation or any new symptoms. Meanwhile the walking distance had improved to 15 km within 3 months after the first year’s treatment.
Unfortunately he had two car accidents within a week’s time. A week later he felt pain in the right leg and it after a month the pain disappeared.
Comparison of MRI from 2003 and 2005
MRI taken in January 2005 (Gadolinium Enhancing MRI)show there are no new lesions, none of the former lesions are active and the large lesions show significant “lacunar changes” in comparison with the last MRI taken in 2003.
*lacunar changes – on consultation with the neurologist, he was unable to give an interpretation of the lacunar changes of the lesions. The neurologist said that his reflexes are normal.
Symptoms before the second treatment
Altered sensation of the right leg.
While climbing hills gets pain after 300 meters.
He lost around 7 kg in the year 2004. He had a surgery for reflex esophagitis (a symptom of MS), after which he was unable to eat a sufficient amount of food up to his appetite. After the first year’s treatment he started to work and exercise more intensely.
Changes during the second treatment (30.01.-17.03.2005)
Sensation of the right leg and the left leg are almost the same.
Climbing uphill was slowly improving. He could climb hills pain free for about 2500 meters.
During the treatment his body weight increased from 70.5 kg to 74.5 kg. which was normal for his stature.
Changes during the third DATMS Therapy (Feb 2006)
At the end of the treatment he is able to run 7 km and there are no other symptoms of MS. He is living free of MS and leading a normal life as of now in February 2007