Mind-Body Medicine for Multiple Sclerosis: A Systematic Review

November 22, 2012
Helané Wahbeh, ND, MCR

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.

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