Complementary and Alternative Medicine may be Effective for Reducing TMD Pain

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Article Title and Bibliographic Information: A pilot whole systems clinical trial of traditional Chinese medicine and naturopathic medicine for the treatment of temporomandibular disorders. Ritenbaugh C, Hammerschlag R, Calabrese C, Mist S, Aickin M, Sutherland E, Leben J, Debar L, Elder C, Dworkin SF. J Altern Complement Med 2008;14(5):475-87. Level of Evidence: Level 2: limited-quality, patient-oriented evidence. Strength of Recommendation Grade: Not applicable. Purpose/Question: In patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMD) pain, does whole system traditional Chinese medicine or naturopathic medicine decrease pain intensity more than state-of-the-art specialty care at 3 months posttreatment? Source of Funding: Government-National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Grant Number P50AT00076 to Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Portland OR, 1999-2005. Type of Study/Design: Randomized controlled trial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-20
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2009


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