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Efficacy of Selected Complementary and Alternative Medicine Interventions for Chronic Pain

This article provides a current review of the efficacy of selected complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies in the management of chronic pain. Findings are presented according to the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine classification system and are grouped into four domains: biologically based medicine, energy medicine, manipulative and body-based medicine, and mind-body medicine. Homeopathy and acupuncture are discussed separately. Based on the guidelines of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, findings indicate that some CAM therapies have a solid track record of efficacy, whereas others are promising but require additional research. The article gives recommendations. Tan G, Craine MH, Bair MJ, Garcia MK, Giordano J, Jensen MP, McDonald SM, Patterson D, Sherman RA, Williams W, Tsao JC. Adapted from J Rehabil Res Dev. 2007;44(2):195-222.

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