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Contrary to the way it might sound, we aren't saying that any one of these methods is a substitute for your doctor or the medicine’s they prescribe. The best way is to talk to your doctor. And if you still go ahead with one or more of the methods in the list below against their advice, at least they will know how to treat you if something goes wrong.
You may want to try one or several of these to go along with what you're doing now. Most won't interfere with other traditional medications, especially those that involve more physical activities, like yoga, reiki, or meditation.
As I said earlier, don't drop all your medications and stop going to your doctor. Even if he or she doesn't agree with the route you're taking. You never know, they may eventually turn around, especially if your method is working and helping you feel and look better.
You may be able to convince them that there is sound reason behind what you are doing. Who knows, they may even recommend it to their other multiple sclerosis patients – or not, but it's worth a shot. At least you'll feel better and that's what counts.
Many doctors use some of these alternatives themselves. They just don't talk about it much. There are even a few doctors who have begun including CAM in their medical practices. They may be few and far between, but with a little searching, you can find them.
There are also wellness centers which focus on treating the whole body and not just each individual symptom. They are geared toward prevention and helping you feel better as a whole. Your body wasn't meant to be treated as separate parts of a whole, but as a system where every part works together. To me that makes the most sense.
If you can find a GP or neurologist who will not object to you trying some alternative medicines, then you have a keeper. If they don't, it may be worth it to you to find one who does, especially if that is the route you want to take.
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