Monday, January 20, 2014

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and MS

The National MS Society (NMSS) reports that approximately 75% of people with MS use one form or another of CAM, generally in combination with prescribed disease-modifying treatments.  CAM use and MS has not been researched extensively in controlled clinical trials, but there are small studies which show some benefit of specific interventions.   The terms complementary and alternative indicate the way in which these unconventional therapies are used - complementary therapies are used in conjunction with conventional medicine, while alternative therapies are used instead of conventional medicine.  Common forms of CAM include use of exercise, dietary supplements, herbal medicine, mind-body practices, yoga, and acupuncture.

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Living with MS: Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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