Acupuncture Outperforms Traditional Pain Relief


Acupuncture Often when we think about medicine, we think about tablets. A pounding headache can be curbed in 20 minutes with a simple painkiller-NSAID (Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory drug). Stronger pain relief know as Opioids-Codeine, Morphine, Oxycodone, Hydromorphone and Fentanyl to name a few, will ease intense pain but are unsafe for long-term use. The list of medications and the forms in which they can be taken is extensive. However, recent and strong research into other treatments options warrants better and long-standing results. Acupuncture is one area that is outperforming traditional chemical intervention.



Acupuncture has been proven as an effective tool for those with trouble sleeping and suffering insomnia.

Published research by Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, showed that acupuncture therapy yielded at 92.2% total effective rate in comparison to Zopiclone-a sedative commonly used to treat sleep disorders. The medication achieved an overall 67.9% success rate. This rating is partly due to its addictive nature and tolerance buildup. In direct comparison, acupuncture is not addictive and have very little, if any side effects.


Arthritis of the knee

Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine compared acupuncture and Meloxicam-a non-steroid anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID. Meloxicam is the most commonly prescribed medication for knee osteoarthritis. The study found that acupuncture has a far superior effect on the knee cartilage repair compared the medication. It also noted that in comparison the Meloxicam’s side effects which include stomach ulcers, heartburn and skin rashes were no present during application of acupuncture treatment.


Back Pain

The Nanyang Institute of Technology concluded a programme that found acupuncture outperformed Ibuprofen in the relief of acute lower back pain due to lumbar sprain. Following a 6-day follow-up of test subjects’ results measured at 96.9% for acupuncture compared to 72.7% for Ibuprofen. Results were based on elimination of pain in combination with recovery length.


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