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Invitation to free online integrative medicine and health in pain management event Tuesday 12 October

Invitation to free online integrative medicine and health in pain management event Tuesday 12 October


Hosted by the MEP Interest Group on Integrative Medicine and Health 

Free online event 

Engage with leading experts and members of the European Parliament. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about Integrative Medicine and Health in Pain 


Leading experts in the field of Integrative Medicine and Health will present in-depth 

information about Pain Management. 

Ask any questions you have to the presenters and members of the European Parliament. 

Join this event. It 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.  

Concerns about tolerance and addiction have 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 

offer 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 - 


Q&A session  

For more information on this event go to EUROCAM's website

MEP Interest Group On Integrative Medicine and Health 

The Interest Group promotes Integrative Medicine and Health in all European Parliament public health 

policy. Integrative Medicine and Health bring conventional biomedicine and complementary medicine 

together in a coordinated way, focuses on the whole person and considers the individual in their physical, 

psychological, spiritual, social and environmental context. It offers an inclusive approach that meets the 

demand of EU citizens for a holistic, patient-centred approach in medicine.  

The members of the MEP Interest Group on Integrative Medicine & Health are: 

Michèle Rivasi, Greens/EFA, France 

Sirpa Pietikäinen, European People’s Party, Finland 

Tilly Metz, Greens/EFA, Luxembourg 

Eleonora Evi, Greens/EFA, Italy 

Margrete Auken, Greens/EFA, Denmark 


After your registration on the Eventbrite website, the link to the live stream will be sent to you. A 

few days before the launch you will receive a reminder email. 

Registration deadline: before 8 October 2021 

We look forward to seeing you online, 

best regards, 

Secretariat of the MEP Interest Group on Integrative Medicine & Health 


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