A World Health Organization review of clinical trials found that for “traumas such as sprains, acupuncture is not only useful for relieving pain without the risk of drug dependence, but may also hasten recovery by improving local circulation.” Acupuncture can also relieve postoperative pain and provide analgesic effects during operations.
- Acupuncture Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, World Health Organization, 2002. Available at: http://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/42414.
A study published in Archives of Internal Medicine found that acupuncture was superior to sham and no-acupuncture control for various chronic pain conditions, including chronic headache, back and neck pain and osteoarthritis.
- Vickers, A. et al., Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis, Arc Intern Med, 2012; 172(19): 1444-53.