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Article: NIH Recommends Research into Non-Drug Pain Management

NIH Recommends Research into Non-Drug Pain Management

Aeroscena believes strongly in and has been at the forefront of the development of non-drug treatments for chronic pain via the use of clinical aromatherapy since 2010. With promising new research into chronic pain management launching in the first quarter of 2015 at one of the top research hospitals in the world, Aeroscena looks forward to contributing further to this very important area of study now and well into the future.

Proof of the trend toward non-drug pain management treatments can be seen in a recent report by a working group at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH -- a division of the National Institutes of Health [NIH]).  The report states that the feasibility of conducting larger-scale research studies on non-drug approaches for pain management should be assessed.  These studies would be in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

“Chronic pain is a major public health problem that affects more than 100 million Americans, and research shows that it may disproportionately affect military personnel and veterans,” said Lloyd Michener, M.D., professor and chair, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; chair of the working group. “The high rates of chronic pain in the military and veteran populations are alarming. New strategies for managing this widespread condition are urgently needed.” The working group recommended that the proposed research should:

  • Assess the impact of pain on patient function and quality of life as primary outcome measures, with changes in the use of opioids and other drugs as a secondary outcome;
  • Evaluate an integrated package of non-drug treatments, an integrative model of care, or a holistic approach to care rather than focusing on individual complementary health approaches;
  • Focus on patients in the early stages of chronic pain;
  • Leverage natural experiments and existing resources whenever possible; and
  • Be pragmatic and embedded in the delivery of care.

The group prepared its report based on a series of presentations by experts on pain research, study design, complementary and integrative approaches, and DoD and VA initiatives, practices, and priorities. A representative of a veterans’ advocacy organization and a veteran who has struggled with chronic pain also addressed the group.

To view the working group report, visit

To learn more about NCCIH’s Advisory Council, visit

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