Mind-body medicine for multiple sclerosis: A systematic review

Angela Senders, Helané Wahbeh, Rebecca Spain, Lynne Shinto

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number567324
JournalAutoimmune Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous)


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