Complementary and alternative therapies

Studies from different countries show that the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is common in MS, and most people appear to be using it to complement their conventional treatments.

Dietary supplements considered to be potentially harmful therapies for people with MS:

Skullcap, germanium, chaparral, comfrey, kava kava, echinacea, ashwagandha, alfalfa, astragalus, cat's claw, garlic, Asian and Siberian ginseng.

CAM therapies found to be ineffective:

Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) and bee venon therapy.

Potentially beneficial therapies

Several CAM therapies may provide relief to some MS symptoms and some may also have disease-modifying effects. Yoga may provide relief from MS fatigue, while various mind/body approaches may be beneficial for several symptoms including anxiety, depression and pain.

Read more about each of these in MS in focus - complementary and alternative therapies in MS.