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The results of a survey of 240 multiple sclerosis (MS) patients showed over half of the respondents reported choosing some form of alternative therapy. The most commonly used alternative therapies included acupuncture, supplemental calcium, chiropractic therapy, homeopathy, marijuana, massage therapy, meditation, visualization, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, and yoga. In most cases, patients tried the alternatives to 'maximize overall health and to manage some of the stress' involved in living with MS. The two most frequently cited specific reasons for choosing alternative therapies were symptom relief and stress relief. Alternative treatments are of greater interest to people with MS because of the hope they offer for improved quality of life. A majority of MS patients are looking beyond the prescriptions of the mainstream and availing themselves of many potentially useful therapies.