Lifestyle and Alternative Medicine

Authors: Nathaniel C. Bowling, MD, 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 lifestyle or unconventional therapies, one should read about Precautions. It is highly recommended that you contact your health professional before using any of these therapies.


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Tragerwork

Tragerwork is a bodywork technique originally developed by Dr. Milton Trager. Dr. Trager was a physican, acrobat, boxer, dancer, and follower of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (See Ayurveda page). His technique is also known as the Trager approach, Trager, or Trager psychophysical integration. It is sometimes specifically recommended for people with neurological disorders, including MS. Treatment Approach […]

Valerian

Valerian is considered by some to be “the Valium of the 19th century.” This herb has long been used for its calming and sedating effects. More recently, it has been claimed to be beneficial for those suffering from insomnia. The biological mechanisms underlying the effects of Valerian are not well understood. Due to its rather […]

Vitamin B12

MS is a neurological disorder and vitamin B12 is known to be important for maintaining nerve function. Vitamin B12 deficiency can produce symptoms similar to those seen in MS. However, MS and vitamin B12 deficiency are not the same condition. A lack of vitamin B12 can damage nerves, but no available research suggests that high levels […]

Vitamin C

Antioxidant Vitamins Antioxidant vitamins are among the dietary supplements that are most used by people with MS. Antioxidants act on free radicals, which are chemicals known to damage cells. Antioxidants can affect both the immune and nervous systems. By decreasing the impact of harmful free radicals, cell damage may be reduced. Free radicals play a key […]

Vitamin D

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 […]

Vitamin E

Antioxidant Vitamins Antioxidant vitamins are among the dietary supplements that are most used by people with MS. Antioxidants act on free radicals, which are chemicals known to damage cells. Antioxidants can affect both the immune and nervous systems. By decreasing the impact of harmful free radicals, cell damage may be reduced. Free radicals play a key […]

Vitamins, Minerals, and Other Non-herbal Supplements

Vitamins Antioxidant Vitamins Antioxidant vitamins are among the dietary supplements that are most used by people with MS. Antioxidants act on free radicals, which are chemicals known to damage cells. Antioxidants can affect both the immune and nervous systems. By decreasing the impact of harmful free radicals, cell damage may be reduced. Free radicals play a […]

Yoga

The practice of yoga originated thousands of years. It was developed in India as a spiritual exercise associated with the Hindu religion. The word yoga means “union,” referring to the practice’s goal of uniting the spirit, mind, and body. Yoga focuses on breathing, posture, and movement. Treatment Approach Many forms of yoga are practiced throughout […]

Zinc

Zinc supplements have been suggested for treating MS since it was first defined as a disease in the 1880s. However, there is currently no clear evidence supporting zinc supplementation in MS. There is some evidence that zinc may shorten the duration of the common cold. Although this evidence is not definitive, it is important because […]

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