Abstract ID: 3601

Primary Topic: Integrative medicine delivery models
Secondary Topic: Interprofessional education

Traditional Medicine Perspectives and Treatment of Patients With Pain
Tyme Gigliotti, D.Ac., L.Ac.; Marlysa Sullivan, PT, C-IAYT, M.S.; Emily Telfair, ND; Betsy Miller, MS Therapeutic Herbalism, CNS, LDN, Maryland University of Integrative Health, Laurel, MD, United States

Late Breaker: No


Traditional modalities have unique explanatory frameworks from which they approach and work with clients. This panel discussion will involve practitioners of yoga therapy, naturopathy, acupuncture and herbalism presenting their discipline’s explanatory framework and approach to chronic pain. Specific applications of each discipline for working with chronic pain, including special considerations for the pain population, challenges, obstacles and relevant research will be addressed. Challenges in integrating traditional perspectives and wisdom with a biomedical framework, along with recommendations, will be presented.


Understanding each distinct traditional perspective is essential for inter-professional dialogue in working with the chronic pain client.


At the end of the panel session, participants will:

  1. Differentiate various traditional approaches to chronic pain including explanatory frameworks
  2. Compare and contrast specific applications of our various practices or treatments for pain, including challenges, obstacles and relevant research pertaining to the traditional perspectives presented
  3. Identify challenges of integrating evidence informed practice into traditional perspectives and modalities.


  1. Recommendations for inter-professional communication and collaboration
  2. Discussion of approaches to research that honor traditional frameworks

Methods/Session Format

Panel format with ten to fifteen minute presentations by each speaker. A moderated discussion and questions from attendees will follow.


Various practitioners of traditional modalities will discuss their unique approaches to relating to and treating their patients in the context of pain.