How Good is Acupuncture for Pain?

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Nothing has been more of a pain for conventional medicine to treat than pain. But the answer may have been right under our noses for thousands of years.

Conventional medicine has struggled to find an effective pharmaceutical answer for pain. The most widely used drugs have questionable efficacy and unquestionable side effects.

Severe pain is common in emergency departments. The most common strategy is intravenous opioids because they work fast. But the trade off is their side effects. Acupuncture has proven to be a very safe and effective answer to pain. But it seems to be beyond conventional medicine’s imagination to use acupuncture in emergency departments.

This study of 300 emergency department patients gave half of them IV morphine and half acupuncture. The results will surprise you.

In the morphine group, the success rate was 78% in the morphine group. But in the acupuncture group it was 92%. That is a significantly better result.

And that’s not all. Acupuncture actually works faster: resolution time in the morphine group was 28 minutes in the morphine group versus just 16 minutes in the acupuncture group.

Importantly, acupuncture was safer. While 85 patients suffered minor adverse effects on morphine, only 4 in the acupuncture group did.

The researchers concluded that “In patients with acute pain presenting to the ED, acupuncture was associated with more effective and faster analgesia with better tolerance.”

The American Journal of Emergency Medicine 2016;34(11):2112-2116.

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