Integrative Approaches in the Management of Chronic Pain: A Comprehensive Review of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies

Authors

  • Neeraj Kumar Consultant Physician & Diabetologist, Nandan Clinic, Gaya, Bihar, India

Keywords:

Chronic Pain, Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Acupuncture, Mind-Body Interventions, Dietary Therapies

Abstract

Background: Chronic pain poses a significant global health burden, necessitating effective management strategies. Complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) modalities, including acupuncture, mind-body interventions, and dietary therapies, have emerged as promising approaches for chronic pain management. Understanding their effectiveness and underlying mechanisms is crucial for optimizing patient care.

Objective: The review aims to synthesize the current evidence on the effectiveness and mechanisms of CIM modalities in managing chronic pain and associated conditions. Additionally, it explores future implications, clinical policy, and development in this rapidly evolving field.

Review Summary: A systematic literature review was conducted, encompassing studies published from January 2010 to January 2024. Electronic databases were searched using relevant keywords, and studies meeting predefined inclusion criteria were included. The review identified a diverse range of studies evaluating CIM modalities, including acupuncture, mind-body interventions, and dietary therapies, in chronic pain management. Mechanisms underlying the effects of these modalities were explored, highlighting their potential to modulate neurological, circulatory, immune, and psychological pathways involved in pain perception and management. Clinical evidence supported the efficacy of CIM modalities in improving pain outcomes and enhancing overall quality of life.

Future Implications: The review underscores the need for further research to elucidate the mechanisms of CIM modalities and their integration into mainstream healthcare practices. Future studies should focus on rigorous methodologies, including randomized controlled trials and mechanistic investigations, to validate and optimize the use of CIM in chronic pain management.

Clinical Policy and Development: Integration of CIM modalities into clinical practice guidelines and healthcare policies is essential to ensure comprehensive and patient-centered chronic pain care. Clinicians should be educated about the evidence-based use of CIM modalities and encouraged to incorporate them into multimodal treatment approaches.

Published

2024-03-31

How to Cite

Kumar, N. . (2024). Integrative Approaches in the Management of Chronic Pain: A Comprehensive Review of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies. Student’s Journal of Health Research Africa, 5(3). Retrieved from https://sjhresearchafrica.org/index.php/public-html/article/view/1040

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Section

Section of Non-communicable Diseases Research