Friday, 24 October 2014

NIH Complementary Health Approaches for Chronic Pain

National Institutes of Health • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
NCCAM Clinical Digest. For health professionals.

Complementary Health Approaches for Chronic Pain

September 2014
Bullseye target symbolizing pain
This issue of the digest summarizes current scientific evidence about the complementary health approaches most often used by people for chronic pain, including fibromyalgia, headache, irritable bowel syndrome, low-back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
The scientific evidence to date suggests that some complementary health approaches may provide modest, short-term effects that may help individuals manage the day-to-day variations in their chronic pain symptoms. In most instances, though, the amount of evidence is too small to clearly show whether an approach is useful.