Research that investigated 18,000 people diagnosed as suffering from chronic neck pain, lower back pain, head and knee pain demonstrated that acupuncture can support the effectiveness of standard medical care by reducing the severity of chronic pain. The research involved reviewing 29 high-quality trials that investigated medical treatments prescribed to patients vs. acupuncture treatment. Medical treatment comparison to acupuncture included, for example, anti-inflammatory medication and physiotherapy.
Findings demonstrated that acupuncture is a feasible and recommended option for people with chronic pain as acupuncture significantly reduced the number of headaches and migraine attacks. Acupuncture was also found to reduce lower back pain and disability of osteoarthritis. This was said to contribute to patients being less reliant on medication to control pain.
Research also found that both acupuncture and counselling significantly reduced the severity of depressions, with benefits persisting for up to a year after treatment.
Acupuncture Treatment Option
Therefore, when a patient has received a diagnosis of chronic pain and or depression and are interested in an alternative treatment option acupuncture should form part of an informed and shared decision-making process.
If this option has not been presented to a patient suffering with chronic pain and the patient is considering their own options we advise the patient to contact us direct for further information. We provide acupuncture services for pain management. We also provide acupuncture services for well-being.
Acupuncture Scientific Evidence
Evidence-Based Acupuncture aims to provide information about acupuncture's scientific evidence. Particularly, as research studies involving acupuncture as a medical treatment for people has risen enormously.
Research studies range from systematic reviews on a topic, trials, cohort studies to animal research. Questions asked by scientists about acupuncture include for example from acupuncture impact on menopause, sleep, anxiety through to pregnancy.
The acupuncture evidence base summary was conducted by a team of researchers in Australia. They found that research had identified that there was evidence of a positive effect of acupuncture treatment on eight conditions.
Some of the conditions where we provide acupuncture services are listed below:
A review of systematic reviews of acupuncture treatment identified evidence for a positive effect of acupuncture for medical conditions outlined below:
- Acupuncture and allergic rhinitis
- Acupuncture and chronic low back pain
- Acupuncture and tension-type headache/chronic headaches
- Acupuncture and osteoarthritis of the knee
- Migraine prevention with acupuncture treatment
- Postoperative pain management
A potential positive effect of acupuncture treatment was presented for other specific medical conditions:
- Acupuncture for acute low back pain
- Acupuncture and acute stroke/stroke rehabilitation
- Anxiety treated with acupuncture
- Insomnia treated with acupuncture
- Irritable bowel syndrome treated with acupuncture
- Acupuncture and labour pain
- Acupuncture treatment for pain of the lateral elbow
- Menopausal hot flashes treatment with acupuncture
- Neck pain and acupuncture treatment
- Obesity management with acupuncture
- Plantar heel pain treatment with acupuncture
- Sciatica treatment with acupuncture
- Acupuncture treatment for shoulder pain
- Temporomandibular pain
Please click here to be directed straight to the Evidence-Based Acupuncture Organisation. It is non-profit organisation and donations can be made direct https://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org.
For further information please contact us.
Note* Research into acupuncture's effectiveness or efficacy is growing rapidly. Lianne Aquilina aims to update information regarding the scientific status of acupuncture for a range of common conditions ongoingly. Scientific research requires a high level of critique, which requires skill and time. Please visit this page again or contact us if you have any questions. Individual case management in terms of research and clinical practice is provided to our patients ongoingly.