Integrative and Complementary Medicine: Current Evidence and Challenges in Relation to Pain and Inflammation
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2024 | Viewed by 2760
Chronic pain and inflammatory processes pose a heavy toll on human health and are involved in a variety of pathologies, including autoimmune diseases and even carcinogenesis. Furthermore, chronic inflammation is now recognized as one of the hallmarks of cancer. It is estimated that one-fifth of cancers is caused by chronic inflammation.
As pain in patients is a complex phenomenon, with different etiologies, varying presentations (e.g., neuropathic, musculoskeletal and inflammatory pain) and duration (acute vs. chronic pain), and as pharmacological treatments of pain at times provide a limited relief and are associated with adverse effects, patients turn to complementary and integrative medicine modalities: acupuncture, hypnosis, herbal medicine, massage, reflexology, shiatsu, qi gong, yoga, etc.
Pain management requires an interdisciplinary approach and should include both pharmacologic, and nonpharmacologic treatments, that address biopsychosocial aspects of pain. A recommendation issued in 2019 by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Advancing Pain Research Through the NIH Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative, concluded that due to the dual national crisis of inadequate pain management and opioid misuse and addiction, major research projects should focus on specific pain conditions, and on non-pharmacologic pain treatments, led by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).
This Special Issue is soliciting original research articles, short reports and reviews that study the effect of complementary and integrative medicine modalities in pain and inflammation, in order to provide grounds to clinicians and policy makers, for a better integration of these modalities in patients' care.
Dr. Dorit Gamus
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