Botanical Treatments in Cancer Pain Management
Complementary treatments are important adjuncts to traditional pain management. While botanical therapies may be perceived as controversial, their use is grounded in traditional practices that far preceded the widely used innovations discussed elsewhere in this publication. With the development of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, evidence-based research will continue to be produced increasing validation of the ancient techniques. Due to the unique and diverse benefits complementary therapies can afford, education and adoption of an integrated approach to medical care may result in reductions of the cost of treatment and improvement of the quality of life for patients.
KeywordsHolistic Botanical Complementary medicine Alternative medicine Herbal medicine Integrative medicine National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
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