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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

Update on Vitamin D
Walter Royal, MD, Baltimore, MD VA Medical Center

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

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

National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Integrated Health

ORCCAMIND is a center without walls committed to complementary & alternative medicine (CAM) and integrative medicine research in neurological disorders