Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Cannabinoids May Be Effective on Experimental Pain Threshold and Tolerance, Not Intensity

Cannabinoids May Be Effective on Experimental Pain Threshold and Tolerance, Not Intensity

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Although cannabinoids were found to improve the pain experience in individuals subjected to experimental pain, they were not found to have analgesic effects on existing experimental pain, suggesting that these agents may modulate affective processes.

Chinese Traditional Medicine Showed Effectiveness on Pain, Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

Chinese Traditional Medicine Showed Effectiveness on Pain, Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

In a randomized study, researchers sought to determine the effect of IV injections of coix seed oil, a Chinese CAM, on pain and quality of life measures for patients with advanced cancer.

Dispositional Mindfulness May Reduce Opioid Misuse in Chronic Pain

Dispositional Mindfulness May Reduce Opioid Misuse in Chronic Pain

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Dispositional mindfulness may help reduce the risk for opioid misuse in patients with chronic pain by attenuating opioid craving and directing attention to naturally rewarding stimuli.

Improving Pain Communication Skills to Reduce Pain Catastrophizing

Improving Pain Communication Skills to Reduce Pain Catastrophizing

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Improving the ability to communicate about pain may help reduce the negative effects associated with ambivalence over emotional expression on pain catastrophizing in patients with osteoarthritis pain.

C2 Peripheral Nerve Electroacupuncture Effectively Treats Primary Headache

C2 Peripheral Nerve Electroacupuncture Effectively Treats Primary Headache

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Peripheral nerve field stimulation with electroacupuncture may represent a less invasive mode of treating primary headache.

Alleviating Childbirth Pain: Two Simple Strategies

Alleviating Childbirth Pain: Two Simple Strategies

Warm showers and perineal exercises may be effective for reducing the pain associated with childbirth.

Staying in Line With Medical Ethics by Altering Opioid Prescribing Practices

Staying in Line With Medical Ethics by Altering Opioid Prescribing Practices

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One physician shares his thoughts on the importance of balancing autonomy, beneficence, and nonmaleficence when prescribing opioids to patients.

Acupuncture Provides Effective Pain Relief in Joint Pain Related to Breast Cancer Treatment

Acupuncture Provides Effective Pain Relief in Joint Pain Related to Breast Cancer Treatment

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Acupuncture may represent an effective adjuvant therapy in the management of joint pain associated with aromatase inhibitor treatment in postmenopausal women with breast cancer.

FDA Takes Action Against Companies Selling Illicit Street Drug Alternatives

FDA Takes Action Against Companies Selling Illicit Street Drug Alternatives

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The Food and Drug Administration is taking action against 3 companies who market and distribute street drug alternatives that may pose safety concerns.

Complementary Approaches to Chronic Pain Management

Complementary Approaches to Chronic Pain Management

Pharmacologic-only approaches to the management of chronic pain seldom provide complete/adequate pain relief and experts advocate for an integrative approach to the management of chronic pain.

Complementary Approaches to Chronic Pain Management

Complementary Approaches to Chronic Pain Management

Pharmacologic-only approaches to the management of chronic pain seldom provide complete/adequate pain relief and experts advocate for an integrative approach to the management of chronic pain.

Chronic Pain Management in Patients With HIV: New Guidelines

Chronic Pain Management in Patients With HIV: New Guidelines

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The HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Disease Society of America recommends that people living with HIV be screened for pain and offered both nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic treatment options.

Contextual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain

Contextual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain

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Contextual forms of CBT, such as ACT and mindfulness-based therapies, have been linked with improvements in various domains for patients with chronic pain, although predictors and moderators have yet to be elucidated.

Electrotherapy, Acupuncture May Decrease Pain Following Total Knee Arthroplasty

Electrotherapy, Acupuncture May Decrease Pain Following Total Knee Arthroplasty

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Electrotherapy and acupuncture were both found to reduce and delay opioid consumption after total knee arthroplasty.

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome: Mechanisms Underlying Capsaicin Efficacy

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome: Mechanisms Underlying Capsaicin Efficacy

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The stimulation of the transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 receptor may explain the benefits of capsaicin and hot water hydrotherapy in patients experiencing cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome.

Chronic Pelvic Pain Management in Women: An Integrative Approach

Chronic Pelvic Pain Management in Women: An Integrative Approach

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Dr Witzeman focused on integrative modalities for the treatment of female chronic pelvic pain.

Acupuncture Safe, Effective Alternative to Pain Drugs in ED

Acupuncture Safe, Effective Alternative to Pain Drugs in ED

Acupuncture is a safe and effective alternative to pain medications for some emergency department patients.

Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Migraine and Headache Management

Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Migraine and Headache Management

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Several methods of complementary and integrative medicine bring value and their integration into a headache management plan in the clinical setting empowers patients' healing process.

Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Migraine and Headache Management

Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Migraine and Headache Management

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Several methods of complementary and integrative medicine bring value and their integration into a headache management plan in the clinical setting empowers patients' healing process.

Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Migraine and Headache Management

Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Migraine and Headache Management

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Several methods of complementary and integrative medicine bring value and their integration into a headache management plan in the clinical setting empowers patients' healing process.

Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Migraine and Headache Management

Complementary and Integrative Medicine in Migraine and Headache Management

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Several methods of complementary and integrative medicine bring value and their integration into a headache management plan in the clinical setting empowers patients' healing process.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use low for Migraine Treatment

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use low for Migraine Treatment

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While some CAM products have shown beneficial effects for migraine treatment, previous studies have not explored reasons for using CAM and the types of CAM used.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use low for Migraine Treatment

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use low for Migraine Treatment

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While some CAM products have shown beneficial effects for migraine treatment, previous studies have not explored reasons for using CAM and the types of CAM used.

Psychophysical Responses in Acupuncture vs Sham Laser

Psychophysical Responses in Acupuncture vs Sham Laser

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Acupuncture and mock laser treatment yield similar psychophysical responses.

Cold Application Effective on Fibromyalgia Pain

Cold Application Effective on Fibromyalgia Pain

A 10 minute-long cold application on the trapezius muscle is tied to significant decrease in pain score in patients with fibromyalgia.

Hypnotherapy for Pediatric IBS: Comparing Self-Administered, in-Office Therapy

Hypnotherapy for Pediatric IBS: Comparing Self-Administered, in-Office Therapy

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The efficiency of self-administered hypnotherapy is equivalent to that of in-office hypnotherapy in relieving pediatric irritable bowel syndrome or functional abdominal pain.

Pressure Pain Sensitivity Predicts Response to Acupuncture in Fibromyalgia

Pressure Pain Sensitivity Predicts Response to Acupuncture in Fibromyalgia

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Pressure pain sensitivity is differentially linked to response to sham vs verum acupuncture in patients with fibromyalgia.

Auricular Point Acupressure Reduces Axial Neck Pain

Auricular Point Acupressure Reduces Axial Neck Pain

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Auricular point acupressure may help relieve axial neck pain in patients who have undergone anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.

Integrative Therapies for Breast Cancer Treatment: Clinical Practice Guideline

Integrative Therapies for Breast Cancer Treatment: Clinical Practice Guideline

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The Society for Integrative Oncology has issued an updated clinical practice guideline regarding the use of integrative therapies for specific clinical indications during and after breast cancer treatment.

Mindfulness Practice Reduces Chemotherapy-Related Cortisol Blunting

Mindfulness Practice Reduces Chemotherapy-Related Cortisol Blunting

Mindfulness practice during chemotherapy can reduce the blunting of neuroendocrine profiles typically observed in cancer patients.

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