• Multiple Sclerosis: Medical group endorses Alternatives

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    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune neurological disease associated with inflammation and the loss of the myelin sheaths of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Myelin protects nerve fibers, allowing them to conduct electrical impulses. Symptoms appear as the myelin surrounding the nerves is destroyed and replaced with hardened sclerotic tissue and nerve fibers are damaged or severed.

    New guidelines, taking an evidence-based look at complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) for multiple sclerosis (MS) have just been released in the US.

    The new guidelines, issued by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), are based on a review of the evidence for several CAM therapies.

    Multiple sclerosis is a progressive neurological disease characterised by disrupted communication between the brain and the body, resulting in symptoms ranging from blurred vision to muscle weakness and pain.

    A comprehensive review

    The panel comprehensively reviewed studies investigating a long list of CAM therapies used in MS — everything from cannabinoids, bee venom therapy, and low-fat diet with omega-3 supplements to Ginkgo biloba, magnetic therapy, and reflexology. It’s research findings were published in the journal Neurology.

    The therapies were divided into individual categories: cannabinoids, mind-body medicine (for example, biofeedback, hypnosis), biologically based practices (glucosamine, linoleic acid), manipulative and body-based practices (yoga, massage therapy), and energy medicine (naturopathic practices).

    In patients with …

    Diet could affect MS in one of two ways: dietary components that prevent or control the progression of the disease and those that help to manage symptoms and reduce flare-ups. It’s extremely challenging to study diet therapy due to the individual nature and course of the disease: Every MS sufferer has a unique and unpredictable experience. Nonetheless, there’s valuable research that may help MS patients benefit from medical nutrition therapy. This continuing education activity will review the research on the role of diet in the prevention and management of MS symptoms and provide practical applications of the findings that nutrition professionals can use when counseling patients.

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