Alternative Headache Treatments

Nutraceuticals, Behavioral and Physical Treatments

Christina Sun-Edelstein, MD; Alexander Mauskop, MD


Headache. 2011;51(3):469-483. 

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There is a growing role for CAM treatment in the multidisciplinary management of headache disorders. In addition to their potential in decreasing headache frequency and intensity, these modalities also serve to provide the patient with a greater sense of self-efficacy. However, despite the supporting evidence discussed in this review, there is still much to be learned about these therapeutic options and how they influence the course and outcome of headache disorders. Future research should focus on extending the current evidence base using updated standards and more rigorous methodology, and identifying which patients would be responsive to such approaches.


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