A Complementary and Integrative Approach to Easing Pain: A Podcast with Helene Langevin

Helene Langevin

Editor’s Note: Helene Langevin, M.D., is director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), the US Federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. NCCIH funds and conducts research to help answer important scientific and public health questions about natural products, mind and body practices, and pain management. The center also coordinates and collaborates with other research institutes and Federal programs on research into complementary and integrative health.

Dr. Langevin’s own research interests include the role of connective tissue in chronic musculoskeletal pain and the mechanisms of acupuncture, manual, and movement-based therapies. Her more recent work has focused on the effects of stretching on the resolution of inflammation within connective tissue.

In this RELIEF podcast, freelance writer Stephani Sutherland asks Dr. Langevin about the work NCCIH is doing, the research she is focusing on now, and more. Take a listen below (a PDF transcript of the podcast is available here).

Stephani Sutherland, PhD, is a neuroscientist and freelance journalist in Southern California. Follow her on Twitter @SutherlandPhD

Podcast music credit: Free Music Archive. Artist: Nctrnm. Track: Brown.