Acupuncture, a form of traditional Chinese medicine, is based on a theory of body functioning that involves the flow of energy throughout the body. According to the theories of Chinese medicine, disease results from an imbalance or disruption in this flow of energy.
Acupuncture may provide relief for some MS-related symptoms, including pain, spasticity, numbness and tingling, bladder problems, and depression.
Aromatherapy is a massage therapy with essential oils (highly concentrated plant oils). Inhaling essential oils through the nose is thought to promote beneficial changes in the mind and body by affecting a region of the brain known to influence the nervous system. Essential oils are also believed to be absorbed through the skin.
Since aromatherapy massage is a bit like Swedish massage but with scent added, people often get it for muscle- and joint-related conditions or for physical or mental stress.
Reflexology has been investigated in a variety of studies to see whether it can help with MS symptoms. In one study there were significant improvements in the mean scores of paraesthesia (abnormal sensations such as pins and needles), bladder symptoms, muscle strength and spasticity.