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REVIEW ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 73-81

Complementary and alternative medicine in chronic neurological pain


1 Department of Neurology, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California; Department of Neurology, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California; Department of Neurology, Olive View UCLA Medical Center, Sylmar, California; Department of Neurology, VA Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
2 Department of Neurology, Olive View UCLA Medical Center, Sylmar, California; Department of Neurology, VA Greater Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
3 Department of Neurology, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Shri Kant Mishra
16111 Plummer Street, North Hills, California 91343
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0970-5333.153594

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Background: There is a growing trend towards opting for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the therapeutic management of various medical disorders. We try to evaluate the current recommendations for CAM therapies in key neurological disorders. Materials and Methods: Sources like PubMed, Embase, UCLA libraries, USC libraries, and National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) books were searched to gather data for this review. Results: We discuss the current recommendations for CAM therapies in headaches, neck pains, lower back pains, neuropathic pains, and cancer-related pains. The CAM therapies discussed include natural therapies, mind and body therapies, and several other modalities. Conclusion: We conclude that in spite of vast literature available on the CAM therapies for neurological disorders; there is little evidence for the most beneficial CAM remedies that target common neurological disorders. Although new CAM modalities are brought to light in addition to those that have existed for centuries, further scientific data from evidence-based studies is needed to accurately compare the CAM therapies amongst each other and allopathic treatments.


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