The statistics are undeniable. Common pain medications create a wide variety of side effects―including death! Now a recent study shows that acupuncture outperformed morphine in the emergency room for 300 patients suffering from moderate to severe pain. These findings included:
- A reduction in pain score ≥50% was achieved more often in the acupuncture group compared with the morphine group (92% vs. 78%).
- Pain relief was achieved almost twice as fast (mean time 16 minutes vs. 28 minutes).
- Minor adverse events were more common in the morphine group (57%) than in the acupuncture group (3%).
According the the researchers:
“Our study demonstrated that in patients with acute pain syndromes presenting to the ED (Emergency Department), acupuncture is at least as efficacious and has a better safety profile than IV morphine. The results of this study suggest that acupuncture has a potential role in controlling acute pain conditions presenting to EDs and appears to be safe and effective. Future studies should be performed in international populations.”
So to summarize, acupuncture was more effective, faster, and resulted in significantly less side effects treating patients that entered the emergency room for pain. While the opioid crisis continues to destroy lives, acupuncture remains a safe and natural approach for pain.