BACK TOTOP Browse A-ZSearchBrowse A-ZABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ0-9 E-mail FormEmail ResultsName:Email address:Recipients Name:Recipients address:Message: Print-FriendlyBookmarksbookmarks-menuAlternative medicine - pain reliefAcupuncture - pain relief; Hypnosis - pain relief; Guided imagery - pain reliefAlternative medicine refers to low- to no-risk treatments that are used instead of conventional (standard) ones. If you use an alternative treatment along with conventional medicine or therapy, it is considered complementary therapy. Information There are many forms of alternative medicine. They include acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal medicine, massage, magnetic waves, hypnosis, biofeedback, meditation, yoga, and tai-chi.Acupuncture involves stimulating certain acupoints on the body using fine needles or other methods. How acupuncture works is not entirely clear. It is thought that acupoints lie near nerve fibers. When acupoints are stimulated, the nerve fibers signal the spinal cord and brain to release chemicals that relieve pain.Acupuncture is an effective means of relieving pain, such as for back pain and headache pain. Acupuncture may also help relieve pain due to:HeadacheA headache is pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck. Serious causes of headaches are rare. Most people with headaches can feel much better...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Cancer Carpal tunnel syndrome Carpal tunnel syndromeCarpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which there is excessive pressure on the median nerve. This is the nerve in the wrist that allows feeling a...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Fibromyalgia FibromyalgiaFibromyalgia is a condition in which a person has long-term pain that is spread throughout the body. The pain is most often linked to fatigue, sleep...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Childbirth (labor) Musculoskeletal injuries (such as the neck, shoulder, knee, or elbow) Osteoarthritis OsteoarthritisOsteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder. It is due to aging and wear and tear on a joint.ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Rheumatoid arthritisRheumatoid arthritisRheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease that leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues. It is a long-term disease. It can also aff...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Hypnosis is a focused state of concentration. With self-hypnosis, you repeat a positive statement over and over.Hypnosis may help relieve pain for:After surgery or labor Arthritis Cancer Fibromyalgia Irritable bowel syndrome Irritable bowel syndromeIrritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that leads to pain in abdomen and bowel changes. IBS is not the same as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Migraine headache Migraine headacheA migraine is a type of headache. It may occur with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light and sound. In many people, a throbbi...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Tension headacheTension headacheA tension headache is the most common type of headache. It is pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck, and is often associated with muscle ti...ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Both acupuncture and hypnosis are often offered by pain management centers in the United States. Other non-drug methods used at such centers include:Biofeedback BiofeedbackBiofeedback is a technique that measures bodily functions and gives you information about them in order to help train you to control them.ImageRead Article Now Book Mark Article Massage Relaxation training Physical therapyHerbal medicine involves the use of various parts of plants. Many herbal medicines can interact with prescribed medicines, or can have other undesired effects. It is important to discuss all herbal therapies with your health care provider.Some find magnetic waves helpful for healing, but these can interfere with certain medical devices and should be used only under direction of a medical provider during pregnancy.Open ReferencesReferencesHecht FM. Complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman-Cecil Medicine. 26th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 34.Hsu ES, Wu I, Lai B. Acupuncture. In: Benzon HT, Raja SN, Liu SS, Fishman SM, Cohen SP, eds. Essentials of Pain Medicine. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 60.White JD. Complementary and alternative medicine. In: Niederhuber JE, Armitage JO, Kastan MB, Doroshow JH, Tepper JE, eds. Abeloff's Clinical Oncology. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 31.AllVideoImagesTogAcupuncture - illustration Acupuncture, hypnosis and biofeedback are all alternative ways to control pain. Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny sterile needles, slightly thicker than a human hair, at specific points on the body.AcupunctureillustrationAcupuncture - illustration Acupuncture, hypnosis and biofeedback are all alternative ways to control pain. Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny sterile needles, slightly thicker than a human hair, at specific points on the body.AcupunctureillustrationA Closer Look Back pain and sciatica(In-Depth)Low back pain(Alt. Medicine)Menstrual pain(Alt. Medicine)Osteoarthritis(Alt. Medicine)Fibromyalgia(In-Depth)Fibromyalgia(Alt. Medicine)Rheumatoid arthritis(Alt. Medicine)Foot pain(In-Depth)Tension headache(Alt. Medicine)Osteoarthritis(In-Depth)Related Information Review Date: 11/9/2021 Reviewed By: Joseph V. 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