Biblioteca de los Sistemas de Salud de la OMS
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Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials
(87 pages)

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Ver el documentoAcknowledgements
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenidoIntroduction
Abrir esta carpeta y ver su contenido1. General considerations
cerrar esta carpeta2. Review of clinical trial reports
cerrar esta carpeta2.1. Pain
Ver el documento2.1.1. Head and face
Ver el documento2.1.2. Locomotor system
Ver el documento2.1.3. Gout
Ver el documento2.1.4. Biliary and renal colic
Ver el documento2.1.5. Traumatic or postoperative pain
Ver el documento2.1.6. Dentistry
Ver el documento2.1.7. Childbirth
Ver el documento2.1.8. Surgery
Ver el documento2.2. Infections
Ver el documento2.3. Neurological disorders
Ver el documento2.4. Respiratory disorders
Ver el documento2.5. Digestive disorders
Ver el documento2.6. Blood disorders
Ver el documento2.7. Urogenital disorders
Ver el documento2.8. Gynaecological and obstetric disorders
Ver el documento2.9. Cardiovascular disorders
Ver el documento2.10. Psychiatric disorders and mental disturbances
Ver el documento2.11. Paediatric disorders
Ver el documento2.12. Disorders of the sense organs
Ver el documento2.13. Skin diseases
Ver el documento2.14. Cancers
Ver el documento2.15. Other reports
Ver el documento3. Diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupuncture
Ver el documento4. Summary table of controlled clinical trials
Ver el documentoReferences
 

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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