Chronic pain is a leading reason that people will use complementary therapies. As an acupuncturist and medical herbalist people living with pain often seek my help. Commonly expressing a desire to reduce pain-relieving medications. Especially in relation to any side effects that they might experience. Yet, how can you choose a complementary therapy to help manage or relieve chronic pain? Is there any scientific evidence to help you decide? In fact, this 2017 review published in the British Medical Journal discusses just that. The available evidence for using certain complementary therapies for chronic pain conditions. I will aim to provide a summary of the review alongside some personal observations.
The review discusses rheumatoid arthritis, chronic low back pain, and chronic neck and shoulder pain. As this topic is huge, this post will form part of a series of posts. Starting with a discussion of what chronic pain is. Later posts will continue with the available findings from the review for different therapies. These include acupuncture, mind-body medicine, nutrition and fasting, herbal medicine and nutrients, and cupping.
What is chronic pain?
Which therapy – chronic pain and rheumatoid arthritis