Encyclopedia of Pain

2007 Edition

Alternative Medicine in Neuropathic Pain

  • Miles J. Belgrade
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-540-29805-2_174


Complementary Medicine; Alternative Medicine; Holistic Medicine; Unconventional Medicine; Non-Traditional Medicine; Alternative Therapies; Complementary Therapies


In 1993, Eisenberg utilized a working definition of alternative medicine as interventions that are not taught widely in medical schools and that are not generally available in U.S. hospitals (Eisenberg et al. 1993). However, there has been a rise in availability of complementary medical practices in Western-based medical institutions and more medical schools are incorporating unconventional therapies into their curricula. A broader definition of alternative and complementary medicine would be those medical systems, practices, interventions, applications, theories or claims that are not part of the dominant or conventional medical system of that society (National Institutes of Health on Alternative Medical systems and Practices in the United States). This definition is flexible in that it recognizes...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miles J. Belgrade
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  1. 1.Fairview Pain & Palliative CareUniversity of Minnesota Medical CenterMinneapolisUSA