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2021 Jan 27

Rev Med Suisse



[Scientific literature on integrative medicine in 2020].


Berna C, Dubois J, Zurron N, Rrustemi I, Fernandez A, Bourqui A, Lüthi E, Rodondi P-Y
Rev Med Suisse. 2021 Jan 27; 17(723):168-171.
PMID: 33507654.


Scientific research in integrative medicine has undergone significant development in recent years. Several studies published in 2020 focus on the management of chronic pain. Hypnosis has been shown to be as effective in analgesia as cognitive-behavioral therapy and therapeutic education. A study on chronic low back pain showed lower health care costs for patients using complementary medicine. Furthermore, the hypothesis of super responders to acupuncture treatment does not seem to be confirmed. Yoga could be a useful approach in the prevention of migraines. With respect to the management of COVID-19, the addition of traditional Chinese medicine to conventional treatments could reduce a number of symptoms and the length of hospital stays, although the quality of data is limited.