Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a common disease of the nervous system. Most people with MS use some form of conventional medical treatment. In addition, many people with MS also use complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), which refers to unconventional medical practices that are not part of mainstream medicine. Despite the fact that CAM is used frequently and MS is a common neurologic disorder, it may be difficult to obtain accurate and unbiased information specific to the use of CAM for MS.
Before considering the relevance of unconventional medicine to MS, it is important to understand the approach of conventional medicine to this disease. Dramatic advances have occurred recently in the field of MS research. Through scientific studies, we now have an increased understanding of the disease process itself. Also, clinical studies using experimental medications have yielded new therapies that slow the disease process and control MS-related symptoms, such as stiffness or pain.
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