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Integrative Medicine and Health in Pain Management

When: 12th October, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The MEP Interest Group on Integrative Medicine and Health is delighted to invite you to the online event on Integrative Medicine and Health.

Free online event:

‘Integrative Medicine and Health in Pain Management’

Tuesday | 12 October 2021 | 16.00-18.00 CET

Hosted by the MEP Interest Group on Integrative Medicine and Health

Join us in this unique opportunity to participate in an event where expert speakers share their knowledge and insights.

This event will give you in depth information about:

• Needs and challenges of people living with chronic pain

• Acupuncture and pain management

• Mind-body medicine in pain management

• Manipulative and body-based methods in pain management

• Plant-based nutrition in pain management.

20% of the adult population in the EU suffers from chronic pain

In Europe alone, almost one in five individuals, – that’s 150 million people, report having moderate or severe chronic pain. Chronic pain, lasting longer than 3–6 months, can be a debilitating condition with a significant socioeconomic impact. Pharmacologic approaches are often used for alleviating chronic pain.

Pharmacologic approaches are often used for alleviating chronic pain

Concerns about tolerance and addiction has led to a reluctance to prescribe opioids for chronic non cancer pain. As a result, there has been increased interest in integrative medicine strategies to help manage pain and reduce reliance on prescription opioids. Integrative Medicine and Health offers a multimodality treatment approach that can tackle the multidimensional nature of pain without these tolerance and addiction issues.

Approximately 33% of adults and 12% of children in the US have used Integrative Medicine in chronic pain. Integrative Medicine is a leading approach for chronic pain.

Topics and Key speakers

A recent survey among people living with chronic pain – diagnostics and treatment.

Deirdre Ryan, President of the Pain Alliance Europe, chairperson of Chronic Pain Ireland.

Introduction to Integrative pain management – conclusions from 20 years’ experience and science. Where we are and where to go. Followed by: Acupuncture and pain management.

Dominik Irnich, Professor of medicine at Ludwig-Maximilians University, Department of Anesthesiology, Head of the Multidisciplinary Pain Center, Munich, Germany, President of the German Medical Acupuncture Association (DÄGfA e.V.).

Mind-body medicine in pain management.

Holger Cramer, Research Director at Department of Internal and Integrative Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Duisburg-Essen, Evang. Kliniken Essen-Mitte, Essen, Germany; Adjunct Associate Professor at Southern Cross University, National Centre for Naturopathic Medicine, Lismore, Australia.

Manipulative and body-based methods in pain management.

Dawn Carnes, Director at National Council for Osteopathic Research, United Kingdom; Senior research fellow at Queen Mary University of London, Barts and London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, United Kingdom.

Naturopathy, including fasting and plant-based nutrition in pain management.

Andreas Michalsen, Professor of Clinical Naturopathy, Institute of Social Medicine, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Charité University, Berlin, Germany; Chief Physician, University Outpatient Department for Naturopathy at the Immanuel Hospital Berlin -Wannsee.

The event is organised by EUROCAM and hosted by the members of the MEP Interest Group on Integrative Medicine & Health:

Sirpa Pietikäinen, European People’s Party, Finland

Michèle Rivasi, Greens/EFA, France

Tilly Metz, Greens/EFA, Luxembourg

Eleonora Evi, Greens/EFA, Italy

Margrete Auken, Greens/EFA, Denmark

For the latest information and agenda, check the EUROCAM website:

Registration deadline: 8 October 18.00 CET

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