Complementary and Alternative Medicine Information

Authors: Nathaniel C. Bowling, BS, and Allen C. Bowling, MD, PhD
Complementary and Alternative Medicine information and services offered by Dr. Allen Bowling

DISCLAIMER: Multiple Sclerosis is a serious medical condition. Multiple Sclerosis should not be diagnosed or treated on one's own. The information on this site is for informational purposes only. This information should not be viewed as a substitute for visiting your health care provider or for using conventional medications. Before considering unconventional therapies, one should read about Precautions. It is highly recommended that you contact your health professional before using any unconventional therapies.


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Bee Venom Therapy

The practice of using bees or bee products for the treatment of medical conditions is known as apitherapy. These products can include bee venom. Apitherapy has been practiced in many cultures. It was even used by Hippocrates, who used bee venom therapy for the treatment of arthritis. “Bee” is a general term that refers to […]

Biofeedback

Biofeedback is the process by which electronic monitoring instruments are used to display readouts of a person’s bodily functions, such as heart rate and muscle tension. With biofeedback, the person is asked to try to consciously manipulate these presumably “involuntary” functions. The idea is to use the mind-body connection to facilitate healing. This therapy has […]

Caffeine and Caffeine-Containing Herbs and Supplements

Caffeine-containing herbs and supplements are consumed around the world. Of these, coffee is the most popular. The caffeine in coffee increases alertness and decreases fatigue, as anyone who enjoys a morning cup of coffee is well aware. Despite widespread caffeine use, no rigorous, well designed study has evaluated caffeine-containing substances in people with MS. One […]

Calcium

Vitamin D helps regulate the immune system and maintain bone density. As people with MS have an excessively active immune system and are at increased risk of developing osteoporosis, vitamin D has therapeutic potential. Vitamin D is both a vitamin and a hormone. Formation of vitamin D is dependent on sun exposure; thus, inadequate sunlight […]

Cannabis

See Marijuana page.

Chelation Therapy

Chelation therapy is the practice of giving an individual metal-binding chemicals to treat medical conditions. This type of therapy has been used to treat MS patients. In the United States, it is estimated that tens of thousands of people currently use chelation therapy to treat MS and other conditions. Treatment Approach In chelation therapy, a […]

Chiropractic Medicine

Daniel D. Palmer developed chiropractic medicine in the 1890s in Iowa.  This form of treatment, based on spinal manipulation, has since grown into one of the most popular types of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the United States. After physicians and dentists, chiropractors are the largest group of health care professionals in the US.  […]

Coffee

Caffeine-containing herbs and supplements are consumed around the world. Of these, coffee is the most popular. The caffeine in coffee increases alertness and decreases fatigue, as anyone who enjoys a morning cup of coffee is well aware. Despite widespread caffeine use, no rigorous, well designed study has evaluated caffeine-containing substances in people with MS. One […]

Colon Therapy

The practice of using liquid to cleanse the colon, or colon therapy, has been practiced in various forms for thousands of years. Colon therapy was introduced to the United States at the end of the 1800s and was practiced as a treatment at health spas. John Harvey Kellogg was one of the most well-known American […]

Cooling Therapy

Cooling therapy is a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) specific to the treatment of people with MS. Slight decreases in body temperature have been documented to produce a temporary relief of MS-associated symptoms. Methods for treatment can be as simple as a cold shower or as complicated as the cooling suits introduced in […]

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