Neurologists at Oregon Health and Science University have reviewed the medical literature on mind-body medical interventions for people with MS. In a good quality review, they examined well conducted clinical studies in various mind-body modalities for treating people with MS. They found that mindfulness based meditation had a positive effect on quality of life, fatigue, anxiety and depression. Yoga was helpful for fatigue, and relaxation techniques were shown in good quality research to improve quality of life. Biofeedback was helpful with bladder incontinence.
Mind-body medicine is a difficult area of medicine to study, as it is impossible to blind participants to the technique when they are required to actively participate; randomised double-blind placebo-controlled studies are much more applicable to drug therapies, and harder to conduct for these types of interventions. Nevertheless, it is good to see neurologists exploring this area, and it reinforces the broad-based OMS approach of using mind-body medicine to assist in MS recovery.