In situations where treatment with prednisone and immunosuppressive medication has not been successful, doctors may use two other approaches in the treatment of polymyositis and dermatomyositis. One is known as plasmapheresis (plasma exchange) The other treatment is intravenous immunoglobulin therapy (IVIG).
- Nutrient supplements, especially the antioxidants zinc, selenium, and vitamins A, C, and E, can be beneficial.
- Constitutional homeopathic treatment can work at a deep level to rebalance the whole person.
- Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be effective in symptom alleviation and deep healing. Visualization, guided imagery, and hypnosis for pain management are also useful.