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Autoimmune Dis. 2012;2012:567324. doi: 10.1155/2012/567324. Epub 2012 Nov 22.
Mind-body medicine for multiple sclerosis: a systematic review.
Senders A, Wahbeh H, Spain R, Shinto L.
Department of Neurology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR 97239, USA.
Background. Mind-body therapies are used to manage physical and psychological symptoms in many chronic health conditions. Objective. To assess the published evidence for using mind-body techniques for symptom management of multiple sclerosis. Methods. MEDLINE, PsycINFO, and Cochrane Clinical Trials Register were searched from inception to March 24, 2012. Eleven mind-body studies were reviewed (meditation, yoga, biofeedback, hypnosis, relaxation, and imagery). Results. Four high quality trials (yoga, mindfulness, relaxation, and biofeedback) were found helpful for a variety of MS symptoms. Conclusions. The evidence for mind-body medicine in MS is limited, yet mind-body therapies are relatively safe and may provide a nonpharmacological benefit for MS symptoms.