Plants have been used for centuries as a method to control pain and inflammation, and they're a remedy that's still used by many people today. But, since herbal supplements aren't held to the same standards as other medicines, not all actually deliver on what they promise.
The sheer array of complementary pain management options can make finding the best one for your condition a difficult endeavor. Should you try yoga for your back pain or acupuncture for your headache? What about dietary supplements or relaxation techniques? At the beginning of September, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health – part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – went a long way toward answering this question, reviewing five decades of research to find the answer.