I know you posted over a year ago but I hope this reply gets to anyone who is interested in good science.
It is probably a good guess that your friend, and fellow MS sufferer, is either not suffering from MS or has/had a very benign course. Seeing a ‘herbalist’ is akin to getting your arteries unclogged by a plumber–it’s a nice try but not even close to treating a neurodegerative disorder well, or correctly. Presuming that the herbs are not dicey ones like foxglove, ephedra, asarum, juniper seeds, horsetail, phen-fen, etc… then they are mildly bioactive at best and not really effective for treating MS itself. Although they may lessen the severity of relapse symptoms (not the dicey herbs though). Eating a better diet with a variety of foods, cutting out processed foods, sugar and things which are hard on the body and metabolism, will help you feel better but as of yet haven’t been proven to change the course of MS or modify the disease, unfortunately. Being skeptical is a good thing… it helps a person move out of his or her comfort zone and ask more pointed questions which need to be asked. And definitely need to be answered in a concise and uncomplicated fashion. It is every person’s right to have a medical issue explained to him or her in a way that he or she fully understands, without reprisal, consternation, sarcasm or arrogant dismissiveness. That behavior is unacceptable and reprehensible. Complimentary medicine has a place, but not at the forefront. Regular medical practice, also called ‘allopathic’ medicine, has been an ongoing evolution of practices through tested methods based on empirical research for over 700 years–since the time of Galen. There really isn’t any ‘ancient wisdom’ that trumps it. There may be some small pockets of knowledge that have been marginalized because they come from outliers who don’t have much contact with the rest of the world. But it mostly amounts to stomach acid stabilizers and plants with high alkaloid content which cause euphoria and hallucinations. Sorry but no cancer cures or enzymes which correct genetic malformations–just doesn’t exist. It doesn’t mean we all can’t keep trying, or stop being hopeful. Not at all. We keep plodding ahead, best foot forward and doing the best we can with what we have and giving support when others need it, as well as accepting support when we need it. We, each of us, developed a really unfair disorder that we didn’t ask for. As of right this moment there is no cure and the people who have been supposedly ‘cured’ are either mistaken or trying to sell you something; it’s the oldest story there is about us humans. I personally know how desperate it can get at times and it’s horrid and scary and depressing. I wish I could honestly tell you how to cure this nasty thing, but I can’t. I can tell you how to beat it though… never give up.