A review of complementary and alternative medicine use for treating chronic facial pain
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

BACKGROUND: The authors compiled information on the prevalence of complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM, use, as well as on reports of randomized clinical trials of CAM modalities used to treat chronic facial pain. TYPES OF STUDIES REVIEWED: The authors searched several databases for reports of clinical trials randomizing patients who had facial pain to a CAM intervention or to a control or comparison group. Search terms included "complementary," "alternative," "acupuncture," "biofeedback," "relaxation," "herbal," "meditation," "massage," "yoga," "chiropractic," "homeopathic" and "naturopathic." RESULTS: Three acupuncture trials, eight biofeedback trials and three relaxation trials met the authors' inclusion criteria. Across studies, results suggested that acupuncture, biofeedback and relaxation were comparable to conservative treatment (for example, an intraoral appliance) and warranted further study. The authors did not locate any randomized clinical trials that tested the effects of homeopathy, naturopathy, chiropractic, massage, meditation, yoga or herbal remedies for chronic facial pain. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: Significant gaps in the scientific knowledge base limit the accuracy with which dental professionals can guide their patients regarding CAM approaches used to treat chronic facial pain.

Author(s): 
Myers, Cynthia D.
White, B. Alex
Heft, Marc W.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of the American Dental Association (1939)
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Am Dent Assoc
Publication Date: 
2002-09
Publication Year: 
2002
Pages: 
1189-1196; quiz 1259-1260
Volume: 
133
Issue: 
9
ISSN: 
0002-8177
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 12356250

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Cynthia D. Myers, B. Alex White and Marc W. Heft. 2002-09. "A review of complementary and alternative medicine use for treating chronic facial pain." Journal of the American Dental Association (1939) 133: 9: 1189-1196; quiz 1259-1260.

Wikipedia Citation

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