Another very important part of my acupuncture practice in Dublin is the management of pain in its numerous presentations.
The New York Times published a report on Acupuncture for pain relief in 2012. Based on a five year study combining earlier research on nearly 18,000 patients, the study found that acupuncture, when used by people suffering from osteoarthritis, migraines and chronic back , neck and shoulder pain, outperformed sham treatments and standard care. Dr. Andrew J. Vickers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York was leading author of the study. A team of scientists from around the world, including Dr Vickers, pooled years of data using the form of meta-analysis. Over a period of about six years comparing acupuncture with over the counter pain relievers, other standard medicines and sham acupuncture, they found that true acupuncture showed that about half the people treated showed improvement as opposed to 30% who did not have acupuncture. “ We thank there’s firm evidence supporting acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain.” (Dr Andrew J. Vickers, New York Times 11.12.12.) The research finding were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.