New Article: Acupuncture for Chronic Pain – Unprecedented Advances

New Article: Acupuncture for Chronic Pain – Unprecedented Advances

A great new article discussing a recent presentation on the ever increasing number and quality of studies into the efficacy of acupuncture was recently published on Medscape.  (Read the original here)

In this article and presentation, Farshad M. Ahadian, MD, a clinical professor of anesthesiology at University of California, San Diego, discusses what he describes as ‘a “rapid rise” in the number and quality of related published studies.’

“Right now, we have a pretty solid foundation for the efficacy of acupuncture” for headache, osteoarthritis (OA), and musculoskeletal conditions, said Dr. Ahadian.

“I think it’s fair to say that acupuncture is here to stay. It’s going to be a permanent addition to our tool box.”

Of additional interesting note, the article cites Dr. Ahadian’s discussion of a data meta-analysis from 29 studies deemed to be of the highest-quality randomized controlled trials amongst over 1,000 screened.  The 29 studies compared true acupuncture with sham acupuncture (needling that did not penetrate the skin or needling at the wrong points) or no acupuncture (standard medical care) in almost 18,000 patients.

“Instead of 29 data points, they actually had almost 18,000 data points, so it was a much more powerful means of gathering data.”

The conclusion of the data analysis showed that acupuncture was statistically superior to both sham acupuncture and nonacupuncture across several pain conditions, including neck and lower back pain.

We love seeing research of this magnitude. Want to read more? Check out the original article (original here) and follow some of the embedded links for other studies cited.  Absolutely fascinating.