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Complementary and Alternative Medicine Approaches for Pediatric Pain: A Review of the State-of-the-Science

This review presents and evaluates the existing scientific evidence for the effectiveness of complementary/alternative (CAM) interventions for pain symptoms in children. The review included controlled trials and/or multiple baseline studies that focused on either chronic pain or acute procedural pain. Only one CAM approach reviewed (self-hypnosis/guided imagery/relaxation for recurrent pediatric headache) qualified as an empirically supported therapy, although many may be considered possibly effective or promising treatments for pediatric pain. The therapies reviewed include acupuncture, biofeedback, creative arts, herbal medicine, homeopathy, hypnosis and massage. Tsao JCI and Zeltzer LK. Evidence-Based Complementary Alternative Medicine. 2(2): 149-159, June 2005.



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