Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.


Journal Article (Review)

Given the severity of their illness and lack of effective disease-modifying agents, it is not surprising that most patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) consider trying complementary and alternative therapies. Some of the most commonly considered alternative therapies include special diets, nutritional supplements, cannabis, acupuncture, chelation, and energy healing. This article reviews these in detail. The authors also describe 3 models by which physicians may frame discussions about alternative therapies: paternalism, autonomy, and shared decision making. Finally, the authors review a program called ALSUntangled, which uses shared decision making to review alternative therapies for ALS.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bedlack, RS; Joyce, N; Carter, GT; Paganoni, S; Karam, C

Published Date

  • November 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 909 - 936

PubMed ID

  • 26515629

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26515629

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-9875

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ncl.2015.07.008


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States