A newly reported study from Australia finds that
- Acupuncture is a viable alternative to drugs such as opioids for pain management for patients coming into ERs in severe pain. The researchers believe that ER personnel should be trained in acupuncture and have this available as a resource.
- However, the authors report that neither drugs nor acupuncture provide immediate, adequate pain relief. They urge the need for research into development of tools for immediate pain management.
In a previous post, I talked about tai chi as a recommended treatment for depression for individuals resistant to Western psychotherapy. Now we have a recommendation for incorporating acupuncture with Western medicine. Taking the best elements from different traditions seems to make sense.
Marc M Cohen, De Villiers Smit, Nick Andrianopoulos, Michael Ben-Meir, David McD Taylor, Shefton J Parker, Chalie C Xue, Peter A Cameron. Acupuncture for analgesia in the emergency department: a multicentre, randomised, equivalence and non-inferiority trial. The Medical Journal of Australia, 2017; 206 (11): 494 DOI: 10.5694/mja16.00771