Like so many others, I tried very hard to go the non-steroid route when first diagnosed with PMR in July 2013.
Tried everything suggested to me from a nutritional detox to multiple sessions of acupuncture. Unfortunately nothing I tried worked well enough to keep me functioning and be able to cope with both home and business obligations.
I now manage quite well on a combination of low dose pred and an anti-inflammatory diet. Would be interested to hear from anyone who has had success with a holistic approach.