Complementary and alternative medicine

Is there a role in multiple sclerosis?

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Abstract

Despite effective conventional therapies for multiple sclerosis (MS), many people with MS explore complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies for their symptoms. Common CAM therapies that people use include dietary modification, nutritional and herbal supplementation, and mind-body therapies. There is a revival of interest among MS researchers about the therapeutic potential of low-fat diet and essential fatty acid supplementation in MS. The efficacy of specific vitamin supplementation remains unclear. Recently, cannabis and yoga have been studied in more controlled studies and have provided evidence that they may have some benefit. The research on CAM therapies in MS is still exploratory, but considering peoples' interest and common use of these therapies, further research in this area is clearly warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-267
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2006

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Complementary Therapies
Multiple Sclerosis
Mind-Body Therapies
Yoga
Diet Therapy
Fat-Restricted Diet
Essential Fatty Acids
Cannabis
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Vitamins
Therapeutics
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