SAMHSA: CAM Therapies Are No Longer Complementary or Alternative: Yoga, Acupuncture, and Mind-Body Medicine

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Facing the consequences of an opioid crisis and the fallout from new opioid prescribing guidelines that are more safety-based, the burden on clinicians to access ‎therapies for persistent, disabling pain is growing. Thus, the spotlight on integrative therapies is more intense. The National Center for Complementary and ‎Integrative Health (division of NIH) found yoga was one of the top 10 complementary health approaches in 2015. A growing evidence base supports yoga for neck ‎and back pain and fibromyalgia. Yoga enhances self care skills and regulates common symptoms associated with pain such as anxiety, depression and insomnia. ‎Clinician awareness about the various types of yoga is generally incomplete and complicate referring patients to a well-trained instructor with knowledge about the ‎complexity of chronic pain to ensure safe practices. Therefore, we developed a yoga program to meet the needs and abilities of people with chronic pain.