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NCCAM Clinical Digest

Chronic Pain and Complementary Health Practices—Quick Reference :
What the Science Says

July 2012
Scientific Evidence on Complementary Health Practices for Pain
  Some Evidence of Potential Benefit Limited, Conflicting, or No Evidence of Benefit
Low-Back Pain
Acupuncture  
Massage  
Spinal Manipulation  
Progressive Relaxation  
Yoga  
Prolotherapy  
Herbal Remedies  
Arthritis
Acupuncture  
Glucosamine/Chondroitin  
Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA)  
Herbal Remedies  
Balneotherapy (Mineral Baths)  
Tai Chi  
Headache
Acupuncture  
Spinal Manipulation  
Feverfew  
Neck Pain
Acupuncture  
Spinal Manipulation  
Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture  
Tai Chi  
Massage  
Dietary Supplements  

 

NCCAM Clinical Digest is a service of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NIH, DHHS. NCCAM Clinical Digest, a monthly e-newsletter, offers evidence-based information on CAM, including scientific literature searches, summaries of NCCAM-funded research, fact sheets for patients, and more.

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training CAM researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals. For additional information, call NCCAM's Clearinghouse toll-free at 1-888-644-6226, or visit the NCCAM Web site at nccam.nih.gov. NCCAM is 1 of 27 institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health, the Federal focal point for medical research in the United States.

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