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The use of CAM by people with MS

Canadian study on the use of complementary and alternative medicines. The results of this study demonstrate that people with MS are likely to be using some type of CAM.

"Seventy percent of respondents had used CAM within the past two years. Over 100 different practices and products were described."

"Although a small number of people reported experiencing negative effects from CAM (5%), the vast majority perceived positive effects (72%). Therapies most often cited as beneficial were massage therapy, acupuncture and cannabis. The most common reasons for using CAM were to improve health (68%), to lessen the symptoms of MS (61%) and a belief that it couldn’t hurt (55%). Reasons most frequently endorsed for not using CAM were lack of knowledge about these therapies (42%) and satisfaction with the care provided by conventional practitioners (20%)."

Read it here.

October 23, 2003 in complementary and alternative medicine , research, symptom management, treatment | Permalink