How should I choose an alternative therapy if I have MS?

The following are suggestions on how to choose a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapy if you have multiple sclerosis (MS):
  • Visit an alternative health clinic where several therapies and treatments are available. Talk with staff members willing to discuss multiple sclerosis (MS) and your general health. Ask lots of questions!
  • Talk to your doctor and discuss any complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies you may be considering.
  • Investigate the practitioner's qualifications. Is he or she currently affiliated with any professional associations? What does the practitioner know about MS? Is he or she experienced in treating MS? Has the practitioner explained the treatment to you? What is a typical course of treatment like and how long might it last?
  • Observe your feelings. Do you feel rushed by the practitioner? Is he/she someone you feel is conscientious and trustworthy? This element of rapport may be essential for the success of many therapies.

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