MS patients have recourse to alternative therapies, source says
June 17, 2009 by Personal Liberty News Desk
People who suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS), a debilitating neurological condition, may benefit by supplementing their mainstream therapy with alternative treatments.
Complementary approaches such as moderate and targeted physical exercise, in particular tai chi and yoga, can increase balance and flexibility as well as energize the body, suggests WebMD.com, a medical news website.
For those who do not suffer from osteoporosis, which sometimes results from mainstream medical treatments for MS, gentle massage has also been shown to bring some relief of their symptoms and to lower the level of stress.
Others have responded well to acupuncture which may improve muscle spasms and alleviate bladder control problems, the source says.
Doctors have also been stressing the importance of proper diet and supplementation for those trying to manage their MS. In particular, there is evidence that oral supplements containing linoleic acid, also known as evening primrose oil and found in sunflower seeds and safflower oil, may slightly improve MS symptoms.
Before embarking on any course of alternative therapy treatment for MS, it is important to consult with a physician.