Acupuncture Is Effective For Acute Pain
Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence (Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and Faculty of Pain Medicine) found NHMRC Level I evidence for acupuncture for:
- Labour pain
- Ocyte retrieval pain
- Primary dysmenorrhoea
- Tension-type headaches
- Postoperative pain
- Back pain
- Acute burns pain
Schug SA, Palmer GM, Scott DA, Halliwell R, Trinca J. Acute pain management: scientific evidence, fourth edition, 2015. The Medical Journal of Australia. 2016;204(8):315-7.
Acupuncture for acute pain in Emergency Departments
- Higher success rate than morphine (92% vs 78%)
- Shorter resolution time (16+8 minutes vs 28+14 minutes)
- Fewer minor adverse events (4 vs 85)
Grissa MH, Baccouche H, Boubaker H, Beltaief K, Bzeouich N, Fredj N, et al. Acupuncture vs intravenous morphine in the management of acute pain in the ED. The American journal of emergency medicine. 2016;34(11):2112-6.
Multicentre randomised trial in four Melbourne hospitals (acupuncture vs pharmacotherapy vs acupuncture plus pharmacotherapy) for lower back pain, ankle sprain and migraine found:
- Acupuncture was found to be a safe and acceptable treatment and comparable (equivalent and non-inferior) to pharmacotherapy in analgesia
Cohen MM, Smit, De Villiers, Adrianopoulos, Nick, Ben-Meir, Taylor, David McD, Parker, SHefton, J, Xue, Charlie C, Cameron, Peter A. Acupuncture for analgesia in the emergency department: a multicentre, randomised, equivalence and non-inferiority trial. Medical Journal of Australia. 2017;206(11):494-9
Acupuncture Is Often Superior To Ususal Care In Treating Both Acute And Chronic Pain
A review by the UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in 2017 concluded that:
- Acupuncture is more effective than both usual care and sham acupuncture for chronic pain based on the most robust evidence from high-quality trials of acupuncture for chronic pain.
MacPherson H, Vickers A, Bland M, Torgerson D, Corbett M, Spackman E, et al. Programme Grants for Applied Research. Acupuncture for chronic pain and depression in primary care: a programme of research. Southhamptom (UK): NIHR Journals Library