Pain treatment at the NIH is under the rubric of addiction to opioids. Therefore, since alternative/integrative therapies are, according to them, shown to be helpful in alleviating some pain, surgeons at the Mayo clinic will be part of a pilot study in verbally suggesting alternative therapies in lieu of opioids post-surgery. It will be okay to do so in electronic medical records. https://heal.nih.gov/news/stories/non-medication-pain-treatments-surgical-care So little progress on new pain meds, alas. We have to resort to this...our tax dollars at work. I'd like to evaluate the efficacy of alternative therapies on moderate to severe pain, but I don't have the patience ATM.