A variety of complementary health approaches have been studied to see if they can help people manage multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms.
- Certain substances from cannabis (marijuana) may help to reduce spasticity or pain in people with MS, but no cannabis-derived medications have been approved for this purpose in the United States. It’s unknown whether smoking marijuana is helpful for MS; there isn’t enough research to show whether its potential benefits outweigh its risks.
- Fish oil and ginkgo supplements have been studied for MS but have not been shown to be helpful.
- Low blood levels of vitamin D may be a risk factor for long-term disease activity and progression. However, more studies need to be done to determine whether taking vitamin D supplements is beneficial.
- Practicing yoga may help with fatigue and mood in people with MS, but yoga hasn’t been shown to improve mobility or thinking ability.