Senders, A., Wahbeh, H., Spain, R., & Shinto, L. (2012). Mind-body medicine for multiple sclerosis: a systematic review. Autoimmune Diseases, 2012.
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.