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Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials
(87 pages)

Table of Contents
View the documentAcknowledgements
Open this folder and view contentsIntroduction
Open this folder and view contents1. General considerations
close this folder2. Review of clinical trial reports
close this folder2.1. Pain
View the document2.1.1. Head and face
View the document2.1.2. Locomotor system
View the document2.1.3. Gout
View the document2.1.4. Biliary and renal colic
View the document2.1.5. Traumatic or postoperative pain
View the document2.1.6. Dentistry
View the document2.1.7. Childbirth
View the document2.1.8. Surgery
View the document2.2. Infections
View the document2.3. Neurological disorders
View the document2.4. Respiratory disorders
View the document2.5. Digestive disorders
View the document2.6. Blood disorders
View the document2.7. Urogenital disorders
View the document2.8. Gynaecological and obstetric disorders
View the document2.9. Cardiovascular disorders
View the document2.10. Psychiatric disorders and mental disturbances
View the document2.11. Paediatric disorders
View the document2.12. Disorders of the sense organs
View the document2.13. Skin diseases
View the document2.14. Cancers
View the document2.15. Other reports
View the document3. Diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture
View the document4. Summary table of controlled clinical trials
View the documentReferences
 

2.1. Pain

The effectiveness of acupuncture analgesia has already been established in controlled clinical studies. As mentioned previously, acupuncture analgesia works better than a placebo for most kinds of pain, and its effective rate in the treatment of chronic pain is comparable with that of morphine. In addition, numerous laboratory studies have provided further evidence of the efficacy of acupuncture’s analgesic action as well as an explanation of the mechanism involved. In fact, the excellent analgesic effects of acupuncture have stimulated research on pain.

Because of the side-effects of long-term drug therapy for pain and the risks of dependence, acupuncture analgesia can be regarded as the method of choice for treating many chronically painful conditions.

The analgesic effect of acupuncture has also been reported for the relief of eye pain due to subconjunctival injection (14), local pain after extubation in children (15), and pain in thromboangiitis obliterans (16).

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Last updated: May 4, 2012