Thursday, December 13, 2012

Acupuncture Scores Well to Treat Chronic Pain

A meta-analysis (study of 31 studies) published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that patients treated with acupuncture had lower pain scores than those who received needles in areas of the body that do not have acupuncture points. Conditions treated included back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headaches and shoulder pain. These studies were difficult to perform because there are so many areas of the body that contain acupuncture points. We find that by placing acupuncture needles comprehensively, we see more dramatic results, quicker and more effectively than reported in this study. See Vickers AJ, Acupuncture for Chronic Pain. Arch Int Med, published on-line Sept, 2012

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