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Prim Care. 2010 Jun;37(2):407-21. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2010.02.001.

Integrative medicine approach to chronic pain.

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  • 1Institute for Family Health, Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Medicine, Department of Family and Social Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, 16 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, USA.


Chronic pain can be a frustrating condition for patient and clinician. The integrative medicine approach to pain can offer hope, adding safe complementary and alternative medical (CAM) therapies to mitigate pain and suffering. Such CAM therapies include nutrition, supplements and herbs, manual medicine, acupuncture, yoga, and mind-body approaches. The evidence is heterogeneous regarding these approaches, but some evidence suggests efficacy and confirms safety. The integrative medicine approach can be beneficial in a patient with chronic pain.

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