Called ‘Complementary and Alternative Medicines’ (CAMs) by the NHS, these are holistic therapies which are not part of mainstream healthcare. This includes homeopathy, aromatherapy, massage, acupuncture, reflexology and meditation. For some, these therapies can sometimes provide relief from the pain of some symptoms of leukodystrophy. Other benefits can include muscle relaxation, relief from stress and improved circulation. The only CAMs professionals who are regulated in the same way as conventional medicine are osteopaths and chiropractors – for all other types of this therapy, it is legal to practice in the UK without any qualifications and without adhering to any quality standards.
The UK Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (www.cnhc.org.uk) was set up by government and holds a register of alternative therapy practitioners that have agreed to be bound by the highest standards of conduct.
While you should consult your GP and other medical professionals before taking alternative medications which can have an effect on prescribed medication, some of these methods have been shown to be able to provide some relief to some.