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2019 Sep 01

Pain Med



Synthesizing the Strength of the Evidence of Complementary and Integrative Health Therapies for Pain.


Giannitrapani K, Holliday J, Miake-Lye I, Hempel S, Taylor SL
Pain Med. 2019 Sep 01; 20(9):1831-1840.
PMID: 31070752.


Pain and opioid use are highly prevalent, leading for calls to include nonpharmacological options in pain management, including complementary and integrative health (CIH) therapies. More than 2,000 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and many systematic reviews have been conducted on CIH therapies, making it difficult to easily understand what type of CIH therapy might be effective for what type of pain. Here we synthesize the strength of the evidence for four types of CIH therapies on pain: acupuncture, therapeutic massage, mindfulness techniques, and tai chi.