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How can I tell which therapies for multiple sclerosis are worth trying?

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Alternative therapy can be helpful in many cases, but some treatments don’t work and can be costly -- and even dangerous. The best way to stay safe is to learn about a product before you use it. Here are some good things to find out before you try any treatment:

Once you answer these questions, think about your options and decide whether the benefits are greater than the risks.

  • What is the treatment?
  • What does it involve?
  • How does it work?
  • Are there any risks?
  • What are the side effects?
  • Is it effective? (Ask for evidence or proof!)
  • How much does it cost?

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Complementary & Alternative Medicine."

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: "Alternative Treatment options."

Yadav, V. , May 2010. Expert Review of Clinical Immunology

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 30, 2019

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Complementary & Alternative Medicine."

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: "Alternative Treatment options."

Yadav, V. , May 2010. Expert Review of Clinical Immunology

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on May 30, 2019

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