Thursday, January 18, 2007

Treat the Whole MSer

There are several types of MS treatments and not all of them are exclusively traditional. We are often cautioned to beware of promises that sound too fantastic too be real, because so many of them are without foundation. However, even the traditional medical community is broadening treatment to include more options.

Doctors are joining their patients in embracing the idea of treating the whole person instead of just the disease. This is known as IM or Integrated Medicine. The doctor-patient relationship works toward the goal of treating the mind, body, and spirit at the same time.

Doctors realize whenever the body is under stress, it reacts. This approach to treatment begins with a relaxed state of body and mind, reducing the likelihood of side effects. Mind-body techniques create a feeling of control over your situation so you can feel more peaceful. These techniques can be as simple as deep breathing, but it can also be yoga or tai chi.

Here is a great chart showing potential benefits and potential risks from some of these alternative therapies. And here is an article giving advice when choosing Integrated Medicine techniques.

Even people who have no chronic illness or condition can benefit from some of these therapies, such as yoga or tai chi, although I can't see a healthy person opting for bee stings.

All of the links here are from
WebMD, and you might have to register to link. It's free, and it provides a wealth of information, so it's worth it.

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Jaime said...

I think it is important to look at the person as a whole rather than just the illness. It is amazing what the spirit and mind can do.

Thanks for such an informative post. :)

Vicki said...

I think it's important, too. I was quite pleased to find WebMD embracing this concept.

I have enjoyed your blog and agree that MS takes more time than I like to give it.

I thank you for the comment.

mdmhvonpa said...

This is SOLID GOLD. Now, if we can translate this chart from cancer to MS ... (of course, this chart should be fairly ubiquitous for all chronic disorders).

Vicki said...

Yes, most of these links were actually about cancer, but I think they apply to most chronic illnesses, too.