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Access fact sheets on various topics of pain prevention, management, and treatment from IASP’s previous Global Year initiatives.

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Acupuncture for Pain Relief

  Acupuncture, a non-pharmacological therapy and a component of Traditional East Asian Medicine, has been shown to be beneficial for pain control25,30 and reducing inflammation26,29. Acupuncture is performed by inserting […]


Photobiomodulation and Thermal Therapies

  Photobiomodulation (PBM) and thermal therapies are commonly used in clinical practice for pain relief. The purpose of this text is to describe these interventions, mechanisms of action, and clinical […]


Traditional Medicine Practice Across Asia, Examples of Non-Western Approaches

  Traditional medicine has been used for a variety of painful conditions around the world, since pre-historic times. Although traditional medicine gradually lost its utility with the rise of western […]


Generation and Appraisal of Evidence for Integrative Approaches to Pain Management

  Opportunities and Challenges Integrative approaches to pain management include multiple treatments, often from different areas of complementary/alternative medicine, traditional medicine, or both. Individual treatments could be pain self-management, psychosocial, […]


Developing an Integrative Pain Care Plan

  What is an Integrative Pain Care Plan? The development of a Pain Care Plan occurs within an agreed model of care that is specific to a particular health system […]