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Acupuncture relieves pain in emergency patients: Study

(RMIT University) The world's largest randomized controlled trial of acupuncture in emergency departments has found the treatment is a safe and effective alternative to pain-relieving drugs for some patients.Led by RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, the study found acupuncture was as effective as pain medicine in providing long-term relief for patients who came to emergency in considerable pain.But the trial, conducted in the emergency departments of four hospitals, showed pain management remains a critical issue.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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