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Acupuncture is widely known for its effectiveness in the treatment of pain. Its unique role in reducing suffering in patients experiencing pain was one of the main reasons of its career in Western societies. Even the greatest opponents of acupuncture must admit, that it is safe, cheap and effective method of pain control. Many physicians limits their acupuncture practice exclusively to this indication, on the other hand in Asian countries acupuncture is even used to create analgesia in the operation theatre.
Pain is also the best researched indication for acupuncture with hundreds of well designed trials involving thousands of patients and leading to firm conclusions summarized in metaanalyses. The outcome of studies in consistent with many experiments, performed both on humans and animal models exploring and explaining molecular mechanisms of influence of acupuncture on human body.
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- Very interesting meta-analysis of data coming from 17 922 patients taking part in 29 well designed clinical trials concerning acupuncture in the treatment of different kinds chronic pain:
- Acupuncture is at least as effective as pharmacology and causes less adverse events in preventing migraine attacks.
- Acupuncture is beneficial non-pharmacologic tool for people suffering from tension-type headaches.
- Acupuncture is better than Flunarizine in treatment of migraine without aura.
- Acupuncture is better than no treatment or sham treatment for chronic low back pain.
- Auricular acupuncture in the control of postoperative pain – promising evidence.
- Acupuncture may be helpful in reducing labour pain.
- Acupuncture in neuropathic pain – mechanisms and animal models: link 1, link 2, link 3.
Acupuncture influences many neurotransmitters involved in the sensation of pain. The total action of acupuncture is complex, and it modifies the feeling of pain simultaneously on many levels, using different mechanisms:
- acupuncture results in releasing of endogenous opioids
- it influences NO levels in gracile nucleus – modulating ascending and descending pain sygnals
- it modulates the action of descending pain inhibitory system by influencing serotonin and noradrenalin secretion
- moreover it also acts on endogenous cannabinoid system of feeling the pain by modulating anandamide production oxytocin and vasopressin are also influenced by acupuncture
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