By Allen C. Bowling MD PhD
The 1st variation of different medication and a number of Sclerosis speedy grew to become the only resource for actual and independent info on a variety of complementary and replacement medication (CAM) methods that could reduction either within the administration of a number of sclerosis signs and in selling common overall healthiness and health. the second one variation of this authoritative booklet keeps to provide trustworthy details on the relevance, security, and effectiveness of assorted replacement therapies. Read more...
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Thus, in general, immune-stimulating therapies that may be helpful for AIDS and cancer may actually be harmful for MS. ■ Do not confuse scientific evidence with clinical evidence. Potential MS therapies may be evaluated scientifically through “test tube” experiments or by using an animal model of MS known as experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (EAE). The most important (and most expensive and laborious) test of a therapy, however, is to give it to people with MS and to carefully monitor their response.
Limited studies in this area indicate that stress may indeed increase the severity of chronic symptoms. Placebos and CAM Placebos and the placebo effect are important when considering conventional and unconventional medicine. In conventional medicine, the placebo effect often is disregarded or minimized. In clinical trials of experimental drugs, the placebo response is simply subtracted from the effect of the drug. Also, a certain level of discomfort exists for placebos within conventional medicine.
Some oils (rosemary, fennel, hyssop, sage, wormwood) may cause seizures in people with epilepsy. Naphthalene-related compounds, such as menthol and camphor, should be avoided in those with a condition known as G6PD deficiency. If aromatherapy is combined with massage, the possible side effects of massage should be kept in mind (see “Massage” chapter). Practical Information Aromatherapy may be obtained from a practitioner or may be self-administered. It is sometimes combined with herbal medicine or traditional Chinese medicine.