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Routine acupuncture effectively reduces pain

Researchers from the Netherlands have found that routine acupuncture is an effective treatment for pain and improving the overall health status of pain patients. The researchers aimed to evaluate the effect of routine acupuncture treatment on the health of patients suffering from pain.

  • The observational study, which was published in the Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, involved 110 patients suffering from pain.
  • The study participants accomplished the Measure Yourself Medical Outcome Profile (MYMOP) online questionnaire to assess their health condition and whether routine acupuncture treatment caused positive effects on their health.
  • The study participants completed the questionnaire three times: during the baseline, after four weeks of treatment, and after sixteen weeks of treatment.
  • The results of the study revealed that the routine acupuncture treatment significantly improved the primary pain, secondary pain, daily functioning, well-being, and health status of the participants.
  • The participants experienced up to 38 percent reductions in primary and secondary pain and 33.2 percent reductions in “limitation to daily functioning.”
  • They also reported up to 34 percent improvement in well-being and health status.
  • These benefits were retained over the long-term, or after 16 weeks.
  • In addition, the use of pain medications decreased by 44.5 percent within four weeks.

In conclusion, the findings of the observational study suggested that the routine practice of acupuncture can improve the health status of pain patients in the long run.

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Journal Reference:

Vernooij M, Marcelissen F. MEASURING PATIENT REPORTED OUTCOMES OF ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT ON PAIN PATIENTS’ HEALTH STATUS. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. August 2017; 28: 192-199. DOI: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2017.06.005

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