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Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Multiple Sclerosis

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) often offers different and exciting approaches to manage your multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms. Learn which CAM theories and techniques may help you - and which may be useless or even harmful - in dealing with your MS.

What is the Swank Diet for Multiple Sclerosis?
The Swank Diet is a largely plant-based, low-fat diet that thousands of people with MS follow. Its creator, Dr. Swank, conducted a study in which people with MS who followed this diet experienced much less disease progression and disability than those who ate a more typical diet.

Basic Rules of the Swank Diet for Multiple Sclerosis
The Swank diet is a low-fat, mostly plant-based diet. Learn more specific information here.

Selected Complementary and Alternative Medicine Approaches for MS
Many people with multiple sclerosis try complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), which can include yoga, acupuncture or vitamin supplements. Take a look at this list for just a couple of the more popular CAM approaches among people with MS.

The 'Best Bet Diet' for Multiple Sclerosis
The Best Bet Diet is based on the idea that food crossing the gut contributes to the autoimmune response and leads to multiple sclerosis (MS) in susceptible individuals. Therefore, the proponents of this diet claim, eliminating these "problem foods" should slow the progression of MS.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Multiple Sclerosis
Low levels of omega-3 fatty acids were found in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). While this does not automatically mean that these low levels have anything to do with our MS symptoms or disease, some small studies have suggested that maybe omega-3 fatty acids can help us.

Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids and Multiple Sclerosis
Omega-6 essential fatty acids may be low in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), even though they are high in most people in industrialized nations. Should you consume more omega-6 EFAs if you have MS? The jury is still out, but some forms, such as flaxseed oil, are a better bet than others.

Biofeedback for Multiple Sclerosis
Biofeedback therapy uses monitoring equipment to translate different bodily reactions into pictures or sounds. While not extensively studied in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), biofeedback has been shown to be beneficial for depression, sensory problems, cognitive issues, spasticity and pain, all common symptoms of MS.

Bee Venom Therapy for MS
Bee venom therapy, or bee sting therapy, is a form of apitherapy which is used by many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other disorders. While people claim to experience symptom relief from this therapy, effectiveness has not been scientifically proven and it carries a number of risks.

St. John's Wort Warning for People with MS
St. John's Wort is an herb that is used by many people to treat mild to moderate depression, including people with multiple sclerosis (MS). It has been shown to interfere with many medications, including contraceptives, so should be used with caution by women who are sexually active and are also using disease-modifying therapies.

Reflexology and Multiple Sclerosis
Reflexology is a form of massage that involves stimulating points on the feet. This complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approach may offer some relief from multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms, while providing relaxation and stress reduction.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for MS
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches for multiple sclerosis (MS) are widely used for symptom relief and relaxation. CAM approaches include: yoga, acupuncture, reflexology, chiropractic, herbal therapy, reiki and others. Learn about how CAM is different from Western medicine and how it might fit into your MS management strategy.

Choosing a Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Approach for M
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches for multiple sclerosis (MS) are widely used for symptom relief and relaxation. CAM approaches include: yoga, acupuncture, reflexology, chiropractic, herbal therapy, reiki and others. Learn how to evaluate and choose an approach that is right for you.

Benefits of Cranberry Juice for MS
Cranberry juice can help people with multiple sclerosis by reducing the incidence of urinary tract infections (UTIs), which people with MS are prone to. UTIs can lead to relapses, so if you have MS, drink your cranberry juice! Learn how much and what kind to drink to get the effects.

Does Acupuncture Work for Multiple Sclerosis?
Acupuncture might not be the best alternative therapy for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) because of the possibility that it will stimulate the immune system. Since MS is an autoimmune disease, acupuncture could cause a relapse. Before trying acupuncture to relieve your MS symptoms, talk to your neurologist.

Talking About Complementary and Alternative Medicine With Your Neurologist
Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). However, most of the time, people do not mention the use of CAM to their neurologists. Prepare to talk to your doctor about CAM using these strategies.

Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine By People with Multiple Sclerosis
Most people with multiple sclerosis (MS) have tried at least one form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Usually, people are not hoping for a cure from MS, but are seeking symptom relief.

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