For patients with multiple sclerosis, natural treatments can provide much needed relief from the pain and debilitation that accompany the disease. To address the MS, natural treatments can be taken in place of conventional medication or in tandem with it. Ultimately, the path taken depends on the person being treated, the variant of MS and the person supervising the course of treatment.

MS patients who use natural treatments to treat the disease in place of conventional medicine can be described as using alternative medicine. Those who use natural treatments together with conventional medicine can be described as using complementary medicine. There is controversy surrounding the use of alternative medicine to treat MS and other diseases. Some patients can attest to finding relief from the disease by following this path, but it wouldn’t do for other MS patients to just jump onto the bandwagon based on their testimonials. They would be better off doing some research on the natural treatments adopted by these patients and trying to understand the scientific basis for their success. Then, they would do well to talk to their doctors about how such natural treatments could realistically help them.


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MS has many variants, which can be attributed to a variety of factors. Hence, a treatment that works well for one person might not work well for another person. The best way for an MS patient to engage with the subject of natural treatments is to first realize that he or she is an individual with a unique profile. Then, the patient should talk to his or her doctor about developing an individualized treatment plan. Many medical doctors will be opposed to alternative medicine. They will likely feel that it is too risky a path to follow. However, they might be open to complementary medicine. They might recognize that natural treatments, used together with conventional medicine under their supervision could help in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Natural treatments are, therefore, considered acceptable for use under particular circumstances by conventional medical practitioners.

It is important for patients to realize that, when addressing MS, natural treatments can be either beneficial or harmful. Their impact depends on how they are used. There are no simple one-size-fits-all approaches to natural treatment. One can minimize the risks and maximize the benefits associated with them by following a number of steps. These include taking the time to do research on them, asking questions for clarification and seeking the advice of a medical professional with the relevant qualifications and experience.