Is Prolotherapy Effective in the Treatment of Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head?

In this article by Ilker Solmaz, MD; Aydan Orscelik, MD; Özlem Karasimav, MD; Serkan Akpancar, MD from our partners at Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, a group of physicians report on a case study using prolotherapy on a 30-year old patient with complaints of pain and restricted motion of

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How the Backlash to Oregon’s Plan to Taper Opioids with Integrative Approaches Missed the Mark

When Oregon announced in 2016 that it would shift its back and neck care for Medicaid clients from opioids toward acupuncture, spinal manipulation, massage, yoga therapy and mind-body methods, it was heralded as a breakthrough for pain treatment nationally. Inside that policy was a mandate many now consider even biggerRead …

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Is Race a Factor in Patient-Practitioner Interactions and when Prescribing Pain Medications?

A 62-year-old with stage IV lung cancer that has spread to his bones, causing unspeakable pain, is trying to convince his physician to prescribe pain medicine. What happens next? It actually could depend on if the patient is black or white. Or if the physician is a primary care providerRead …

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Interview with Author Laurada Byers on The Value of Integrative Medicine for PTSD, Pain, Cancer and Parkinson’s

When I first read Wild Wisdom, A Warthog’s Tale, I mistakenly took it for a children’s book. Look beyond the enchanting art work and you will find it is nothing of the sort. It’s a very adult book that uncovers the private thoughts and public decisions that Laurada Byers madeRead …

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Inappropriate Pain Management after Surgery is a Major Cause of the Opioid Crisis

Over the past decade an increasing reliance on opioids to treat pain has been associated with a rising epidemic of opioid misuse in the USA, that is now expanding globally. Lancet recently published three papers designed to address the role of inappropriate opioid prescribing after surgery as a major causeRead …

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David Haase, MD: Navigating the Intersections of Stress, Pain, and Addiction – Seeing Hope through the Functional Medicine Lens

David Haase on Stress, Pain, and Addiction
In this interview by Craig Gustafson, he talks with David Haase, MD, the keynote speaker at the Institute for Functional Medicine Annual International Conference, 2019. Originally published in Integrative Medicine, A Clinician’s Journal, Dr. Haase discusses the issue of  stress, pain, and addiction. The following is an excerpt followed by

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Holistic Approach to Pain May help Prevent Drug Deaths in Vulnerable Populations

As integrative practitioners have been saying, a holistic approach to pain is the answer to the opioid crisis, especially for low-income and at-risk patients. A new study give these ideas merit. A program offering group support, acupuncture, mindfulness, massage and gentle exercise may help prevent patients on prescription opioids fromRead …

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Researchers Identify Biomarker Blood Test to Measure Pain

A breakthrough test developed by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers to measure pain in patients could help stem the tide of the opioid crisis in Indiana, and throughout the rest of the nation. A study led by psychiatry professor Alexander Niculescu, MD, PhD and published in Nature journal Molecular PsychiatryRead …

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Low-Level Laser Therapy as a Non-Pharma Option for Chronic Pain and Osteoarthritis

As the pressure to adopt non-pharma solutions for chronic pain become more imperative, integrative providers are looking at low-level laser therapy as a viable option. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a form of light therapy that triggers biochemical changes within cells. Photons are absorbed by cellular photoreceptors, triggering chemical alterations

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