Multiple Sclerosis: Alternative and Complementary Therapies

Alternative Therapies Are Recommended for MS Intro

The term alternative therapy, in general, is used to describe any medical treatment or intervention that has not been scientifically documented or identified as safe or effective for a specific condition.

Alternative therapy encompasses a variety of disciplines that range from diet and exercise to mental conditioning to lifestyle changes. Examples include acupuncture, yoga, aromatherapy, relaxation, herbal remedies, and massage.

Complementary therapies are alternative therapies used in addition to traditional treatments. For example, you may have weekly massages to complement your drug treatment.

What Alternative Therapies Are Recommended for MS?

  • Positive Attitude. Having a positive outlook cannot cure multiple sclerosis, but it can reduce your stress and help you feel better.
  • Exercise. Exercises, such as tai chi and yoga can lower stress, help you to be more relaxed, and increase energy, balance, and flexibility. As with any exercise program, check with your doctor before getting started.
  • Diet. It is important for people with MS to follow a healthy, well-balanced diet. Ask your doctor what diet is right for you.

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