Today, Mayo Clinic Proceedings published a review, "Evidence-based Evaluation of Complementary Health Approaches for Pain Management in the United States," which I authored, along with several NCCIH colleagues.
We know that while most pain is acute and improves within a short time, millions of Americans suffer from more persistent pain that may become chronic and debilitating over time.
Medications may not completely relieve chronic pain or can produce unwanted side effects. As a result, many people may turn to complementary health approaches to help manage their pain. Our overall goal was to summarize the evidence-base on what is safe and effective when it comes to complementary approaches for pain.