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Multiple Sclerosis Complementary and Alternative Medicine

The use of complementary medicine and alternative medicine (CAM) is common in MS. It includes approaches to MS that are not generally considered a part of conventional medicine. These approaches include dietary supplements, yoga, acupuncture, chiropractic manipulation, meditation and other mind/body medicine. The VA supports the use of an Integrative Medicine approach that combines CAM with conventional medicine. The VA continues to research safety and effectiveness of CAM in the treatment of MS and other neurologic disorders, with the goal of providing the best comprehensive care to our Veterans.

Articles

Overview of Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Heidi Maloni, PhD

Vitamin D and MS
Lynn Shinto, ND, MPH
Dennis Bourdette, MD

National Pharmacy Bulletin on Vitamin D
VA PBM

Spotlight on Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN)
Dennis Bourdette, MD, Portland VA Medical Center

Yoga and MS
Edward Kim, MD, Portland VA Medical Center
Barry Oken, MD, Oregon Health & Science University

 

Useful Links

VA War Related Illness website addresses CAM: acupuncture and yoga.  

National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine gives an overview of CAM.

Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders (ORCAMIND) has several downloadable articles on CAM.