New Year/ New Approaches for Pain Relief without Drugs

December 30, 2017 Joe Brady

Complementary Approaches to Pain Can Really Help

With over 64,000 deaths attributable to opioid drugs last year drug overdoses of both prescription and non-prescription heroine/opioid-related drugs have become a leading cause of death in the United States. The truly sick thing about this grisly tally is that carefully controlled scientific studies show that natural nondrug methods of pain relief actually are more effective in treating pain than drugs. If more physicians actually read the research far fewer prescriptions would be written and many lives could be saved. A Review of 105 Randomized Controlled Trials Including more than 16,000 Patients Shows Complementary Approaches to Pain Can Really Help
Our goal is to provide relevant, high-quality information for primary care providers and for patients who suffer from chronic pain about safe, natural pain control methods.

Review of Randomized Controlled Trials

The researchers from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health reviewed 105 U.S.-based randomized controlled trials, from the past 50 years, including 16,000 patients for one or more of five painful conditions—back pain, osteoarthritis, neck pain, fibromyalgia, and severe headaches and migraine—and found promise in the following for safety and effectiveness in treating pain:


  • Acupuncture and yoga for back pain
  • Acupuncture and tai chi for osteoarthritis of the knee
  • Massage therapy for neck pain with adequate doses and for short-term benefit
  • Relaxation techniques for severe headaches and migraine.


Read more about this report at
Nahin RL, Boineau R, Khalsa PS, Stussman BJ, Weber WJ. Evidence-based evaluation of complementary health approaches for pain management in the United States. (link is external) Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2016;91(9):1292–1306.

Help Spread the Word about Alternative approaches to Pain Relief

The following brochure was created to educate doctors and other healthcare providers as well as patients on how to manage chronic pain naturally using alternative medicine.

This brochure is intended to educate patients and primary care physicians on NonDrug methods for Treating Pain and Increasing Well being.

Information and source on the brochure follow below with a link to the brochure.
Liza Goldblatt, Ph.D., MPA/HA, Acting ACIH ED provided a brochure titled “Moving Beyond Medications”, created jointly by the ACIH, ACIMH, AIHM, and IHPC for circulation. Per Liza, “we have already been successful in presenting it to the National Academy of Medicine and the VA.” The brochure can be downloaded through this link:

Please consider how to pass this info along and or make it available for doctors, patients, students and grads from our school and others in the community that would benefit from the brochure info.

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