Acupuncture Beats Standard Care For Chronic Pain

Here is something you don’t see every day… an western medicine study that supports acupuncture.

And it does so for good reason.

Why? Because a newly completed meta-study shows it works better than the usual care for chronic pain. And, for skeptics, it also showed that it works better than placebo.

I’ll give you the details in a moment. However first it is important to emphasize that this sort of study is, by design, very general.

What I mean by that is that it came to its conclusion based on “any kind of acupuncture.” That covers a lot of ground. I know 38 systems of acupuncture, and I don’t know nearly all of them.

This means that the results can be much better than the study shows. This is more likely under the following conditions:

  1. The acupuncture practitioner has at least 10 years experience. More is better.
  2. The approach taken is tailored to the specific deep imbalances the patient has.
  3. The practitioner is used to getting rapid improvement.
  4. The practitioner will modify their approach if there is no improvement or it it slower than expected.
  5. Patient and practitioner can communicate well so that progress is clearly noted.

Now on to the study.

I read about this study on the Medscape medical news site. Unfortunately, you have to be a medical professional to access this page. That means I can’t just send you the URL. You wouldn’t be able to view it.

So here is the summary:

“The analysis found that about 50% of patients who got acupuncture had improvement in pain compared with 30% who didn’t get acupuncture and 42.5% who had sham acupuncture.”

“Sham acupuncture” is a technique of treating non-acupuncture points. It is ironic that even “fake” acupuncture is better than conventional treatment.

But actual acupuncture makes a much larger difference. When done correctly (location and depth are correct), the results are much better. And experienced practitioners do much better than 50 percent.

So even mainstream medicine sees value in acupuncture for chronic pain. If you or someone you know has this problem and it isn’t responding well to conventional treatment, give acupuncture some serious thought.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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