Complementary and alternative therapies

John Zajicek, Jennifer Freeman and Bernadette Porter

in Multiple Sclerosis Care - A Practical Manual

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Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780198569831
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191753138 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Care Manuals

Complementary and alternative therapies

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The term ‘complementary and alternative therapies’ refers to a broad and complex combination of interventions and is also interchangeably called holistic, unorthodox, unconventional, natural, traditional or non traditional, according to your cultural beliefs.

Complementary therapies appear to be widely used by people with MS although their potential benefits in the treatment of MS remain controversial, not least because conclusive evidence about the effectiveness and safety of most forms of complementary therapy is not available.

Bowling reported that the most common reason reported for using complementary therapies was to improve general health. Other reported reasons included attempts to:

Control symptoms - Control emotions - Alter the course of the disease. -

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Subjects: Neurology ; Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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