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Complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of refugees and survivors of torture: a review and proposal for action.
Torture. 2012; 22(1):38-57.T

Abstract

Survivors of torture and refugee trauma often have increased needs for mental and physical healthcare. This is due in part to the complex sequelae of trauma, including chronic pain, major depressive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and somatization. This article reviews the scientific medical literature for the efficacy and feasibility of some complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities including meditation, Ayurveda, pranayama/yogic breathing, massage/body-work, dance/movement, spirituality, yoga, music, Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, qigong, t'ai chi, chiropractic, homeopathy, aromatherapy and Reiki specifically with respect to survivors of torture and refugee trauma. We report that preliminary research suggests that the certain CAM modalities may prove effective as part of an integrated treatment plan for survivors of torture and refugee trauma. Further research is warranted.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA. longacre@bu.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23086004

Citation

Longacre, McKenna, et al. "Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Treatment of Refugees and Survivors of Torture: a Review and Proposal for Action." Torture : Quarterly Journal On Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture, vol. 22, no. 1, 2012, pp. 38-57.
Longacre M, Silver-Highfield E, Lama P, et al. Complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of refugees and survivors of torture: a review and proposal for action. Torture. 2012;22(1):38-57.
Longacre, M., Silver-Highfield, E., Lama, P., & Grodin, M. (2012). Complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of refugees and survivors of torture: a review and proposal for action. Torture : Quarterly Journal On Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and Prevention of Torture, 22(1), 38-57.
Longacre M, et al. Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Treatment of Refugees and Survivors of Torture: a Review and Proposal for Action. Torture. 2012;22(1):38-57. PubMed PMID: 23086004.
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