In This Issue -- Multiple Sclerosis and Complementary Health Approaches

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Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) use complementary health approaches to help reduce relapses or relieve symptoms, such as pain, muscle spasticity, fatigue, cognition and depression. Some mind and body practices, such as yoga, may help ease some symptoms of MS, but there is currently no definitive evidence to suggest that any dietary supplement is effective to reduce relapses or symptoms of MS.

The American Academy of Neurology issued evidence-based guidelines in 2014 on complementary and alternative medicine use for MS and concluded that evidence was available to develop practice recommendations for use of cannabinoids, ginkgo biloba, low-fat diet with omega-3 supplementation, magnet therapy, reflexology, and bee venom therapy. This issue of the digest provides the state of the evidence for these and other commonly used complementary health approaches for MS.


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What the Science Says:
Multiple Sclerosis and Complementary Health Approaches

Learn what current research has to say about:

Bullet Cannabinoids

Bullet Ginkgo Biloba

Bullet Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation

Bullet Vitamin D

Bullet Bee Venom

Bullet Yoga

Bullet Reflexology

Bullet Magnet Therapy

Bullet Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

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Additional Resources

Bullet Clinical Practice Guidelines

Bullet Scientific Literature

Bullet For Your Patients

Bullet 7 Tips: What You Should Know About Complementary Health Approaches for Multiple Sclerosis

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NCCIH Clinical Digest is a service of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NCCIH Clinical Digest, a monthly e-newsletter, offers evidence-based information on complementary and integrative health, including scientific literature searches, summaries of NCCIH-funded research, fact sheets for patients, and more.


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