Many Americans today suffer from pain; one of the most common types of pain is headaches. Different complementary medicines are being studied to treat the different types of headaches. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) evaluated the different studies and its findings. The article suggests acupuncture, relaxation training, biofeedback, tai chi, cognitive-behavioral therapy, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10 are the most useful complementary therapy. What complementary therapies for headaches do you suggest in your practice? For additional information, please visit NCCAM. “Image courtesy of [Dusky]/Freedigitalphotos.net”
A clinical trial published in the European Respiratory Journal evaluated the effect of Sun-style tai chi in 42 patients with COPD. After 12 weeks of treatment, patients who practiced tai chi walked further and longer, had better balance and reported an improvement in quality of life compared to the group that did not practice tai chi. When do you recommend tai chi to your patients? What suggestions do you offer your patients with COPD?
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