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Chronic Pain Integrative Medicine CAM Review

Anna Woodbury, Stephen Neal Soong, David Fishman, Paul S García
PURPOSE: This narrative review provides an overview of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies that anesthesiologists and pain management practitioners commonly encounter along with recommendations for evaluation and implementation. SOURCE: A literature search of PubMed was performed using the comprehensive MeSH term, "Complementary Therapies OR Dietary Supplements", and a search was conducted of the various licensing organizations and books published on the topics of CAM and integrative medicine...
January 2016: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
Vijayendra Murthy, David W Sibbritt, Jon Adams
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Back pain is the most prevalent of musculoskeletal conditions, and back pain sufferers have been identified as high users of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Despite lacking evidence, CAM treatments (e.g., acupuncture, chiropractic, and massage) and CAM products (eg, vitamins, supplements, and aromatherapy oils) for back pain care have become widely available internationally, and CAM use by back pain sufferers has become a significant health service issue...
August 1, 2015: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, Kevin Rose, Gena E Kadar
STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review of the literature. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether an integrated approach that includes different Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) therapies combined or CAM therapies combined with conventional medical care is more effective for the management of low back pain (LBP) than single modalities alone. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: LBP is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, yet its optimal management is still unresolved...
September 2014: Global Advances in Health and Medicine: Improving Healthcare Outcomes Worldwide
Martina Ferraresi, Roberta Clari, Irene Moro, Elena Banino, Enrico Boero, Alessandro Crosio, Romina Dayne, Lorenzo Rosset, Andrea Scarpa, Enrica Serra, Alessandra Surace, Alessio Testore, Nicoletta Colombi, Barbara Giorgina Piccoli
BACKGROUND: Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAMs) are increasingly practiced in the general population; it is estimated that over 30% of patients with chronic diseases use CAMs on a regular basis. CAMs are also used in hospital settings, suggesting a growing interest in individualized therapies. One potential field of interest is pain, frequently reported by dialysis patients, and seldom sufficiently relieved by mainstream therapies. Gentle-touch therapies and Reiki (an energy based touch therapy) are widely used in the western population as pain relievers...
2013: BMC Nephrology
McKenna Longacre, Ellen Silver-Highfield, Puja Lama, Michael Grodin
Survivors of torture and refugee trauma often have increased needs for mental and physical healthcare. This is due in part to the complex sequelae of trauma, including chronic pain, major depressive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and somatization. This article reviews the scientific medical literature for the efficacy and feasibility of some complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities including meditation, Ayurveda, pranayama/yogic breathing, massage/body-work, dance/movement, spirituality, yoga, music, Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, qigong, t'ai chi, chiropractic, homeopathy, aromatherapy and Reiki specifically with respect to survivors of torture and refugee trauma...
2012: Torture: Quarterly Journal on Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture
Kimberly A Varker, Adam Ansel, Glen Aukerman, William E Carson
As commonly defined, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is a broad category that includes biologically based practices, mind-body medicine, manipulative and bodybased practices, and energy medicine as well as complete medical systems such as naturopathy, homeopathy, Ayurvedic medicine, and traditional Chinese medicine. Several CAM methodologies show promise for the treatment of chronic conditions such as depression and pain disorders or have demonstrated effects upon the immune response in experimental studies...
March 2012: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
Gustav Dobos, Iven Tao
The basic concept of integrative medicine (IM) is that by combining mainstream (biomedicine) with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), synergistic therapeutic effects can be attained. When the methods of mind/body medicine (MBM) are added to this combination, as in Western countries, a new concept emerges that drastically changes the approach toward illness.It is interesting to note that the joining of traditional Chinese medicine and Western medicine in the early days of the Peoples' Republic of China preceded the Western model of IM by almost 50 years...
January 2011: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Jillian L Capodice, Debra L Bemis, Ralph Buttyan, Steven A Kaplan, Aaron E Katz
To discuss challenges concerning treatment for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) and review complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies being evaluated for this condition, we performed a comprehensive search of articles published from 1990-2005 using the PubMed, Medline databases. Data from the articles were abstracted and pooled by subject. Keywords cross-searched with CP/CPPS included: complementary, alternative, integrative, therapies, interventions, nutrition, antioxidants, herbs, supplements, biofeedback and acupuncture...
December 2005: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Bruce Barrett, Lucille Marchand, Jo Scheder, Diane Appelbaum, Mary Beth Plane, Joseph Blustein, Rob Maberry, Christina Capperino
BACKGROUND: We wanted to explore the beliefs and practices of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners. METHODS: A representative sample of local CAM practitioners was selected for 32 face-to-face in-depth interviews. Interviews were taped, transcribed, and reviewed by all coauthors. Analysis and interpretation were reached by consensus, using an iterative process in multidisciplinary group meetings. RESULTS: The CAM practitioners interviewed stressed the holistic, empowering, and person-centered nature of CAM...
May 2004: Annals of Family Medicine
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