Acupuncture: Better than meds for pain relief

(Natural News) As the opioid crisis continues to kill record numbers of people and ruin countless lives, many people are wishing for a better way to help people in pain. What few realize, however, is that there is already an excellent solution that can work even better than pain meds in some cases, although few...
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Conclusions: The effect of acupuncture varies greatly with the different schedules of acupuncture, so it is necessary to review and choose the appropriate schedule. Although the current work is based on a limited number of trials, the findings suggest that acupuncture has a dose and frequency effect presenting within a certain range, which would have considerable implications for the design and interpretation of clinical trials. More high-quality randomized controlled trials on acupuncture schedule research were needed for providing more definitive evidence. PMID: 31316572 [PubMed]
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
This study used Oswestry Disability Index (ODI)-self-comparison and showed that acupuncture treatments for lumber disc herniation and sciatica demonstrated significant improvement in long term clinical outcomes. A total of 112 lumbar disc herniation and sciatica cases were treated with electric acupuncture for pain relief and function improvement from July 1998 to December 2006.ResultsAll the 112 cases filled out the ODI forms prior to receiving treatment. Among the 112 patients, 23 of them did not finish the 6-week treatments. 89 cases were evaluated with ODI after 6-week acupuncture treatments. Of those 89 cases, 67 case...
Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
As an alternative to opioids, the Centers for Medicare&Medicaid Services is proposing coverage for acupuncture as a chronic low back pain treatment for patients in approved studies.Medscape Medical News
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news
Older people enrolled in clinical trials of the controversial treatment will have their costs covered by the government insurance program
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Source Type: news
Medicare says it's moving toward covering acupuncture for chronic low back pain as a potential alternative to opioid painkillers that can become addictive
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Source: Journal of Pain Research - Category: Anesthesiology Tags: Journal of Pain Research Source Type: research
Authors: PMID: 31305054 [PubMed - in process]
Source: American Family Physician - Category: Primary Care Tags: Am Fam Physician Source Type: research
Abstract Acupuncture has been increasingly used as an integrative or complementary therapy for pain. It is well-tolerated with little risk of serious adverse effects. Traditional acupuncture and nontraditional techniques, such as electroacupuncture and dry needling, often result in reported pain improvement. Multiple factors may contribute to variability in acupuncture's therapeutic effects, including needling technique, number of needles used, duration of needle retention, acupuncture point specificity, number of treatments, and numerous subjective (psychological) factors. Controlled trials have been published on...
Source: American Family Physician - Category: Primary Care Authors: Tags: Am Fam Physician Source Type: research
Authors: PMID: 31291074 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Biomedica : Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Biomedica Source Type: research
This study aims to determine whether 3 sessions per week of acupuncture treatment is superior to 1 session per week of acupuncture treatment for symptomatic outcomes in knee osteoarthritis.Methods/designThis is a two parallel-group, assessor-blinded, randomized controlled trial. Sixty patients with knee osteoarthritis (Kellgren –Lawrence grade II or III) will be recruited and randomly allocated to receive 24 or 8 sessions (group M or group L) of acupuncture treatment in a 1:1 ratio. Patients in group M will receive 3 sessions per week of acupuncture for 8 weeks. Patients in group L will receive acupuncture onc...
Source: Trials - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
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