Modern Research & Acupuncture

ACUTE PAIN:

Acupuncture Has Been Found to be More Effective and Faster Acting than Intravenous Morphine in the Management of Acute Pain in the Emergency Department1

Due to Acupuncture’s Safety and Efficacy, The United States Veterans Affairs Now Educates their Health Providers to use Acupuncture as a First Line Treatment for Acute Pain.2 

 

CHRONIC PAIN:

Acupuncture Significantly Outperforms Standard of Care in the Treatment of Chronic Pain

A meta- analysis of 20,827 patients from 39 clinical trials published in The Journal of Pain (Official Journal of The American Pain Society) in 2017 found Acupuncture significantly outperforms standard of care in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache, and shoulder pain. 

They wrote, “we also found clear evidence that the effects of acupuncture persist over time with only a small decrease, approximately 15%, in treatment effect at 1 year….We conclude that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain.”3

 

To understand the mechanisms of how acupuncture achieves its results see our page “How Acupuncture Works”.  

 

Sources:

  1. Grissa MH, Baccouche H, Boubaker H, et.al. Acupuncture vs intravenous morphine in the management of acute pain in the ED. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2016;34:2112-2116
  2. Himstreet J, Popish S, Wells D, et al.” Acute Pain Management, Meeting the Challenges” Veterans Health Administration PBM Academic Detailing Service, July 2017
  3. Vickers AJ, Vertosick EA, Lewith G, et al. Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Update of an Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis. The Journal of Pain. 2017 Dec