Acupuncture's Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic: Evidence, Cost- Effectiveness, and Care Availability for Acupuncture as a Primary, Non-Pharmacologic Method for Pain Relief and Management- White Paper 2017.

November 8, 2018
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29103410

Abstract
The United States (U.S.) is facing a national opioid epidemic, and medical systems are in need of non-pharmacologic strategies that can be employed to decrease the public's opioid dependence. Acupuncture has emerged as a powerful, evidence-based, safe, cost-effective, and available treatment modality suitable to meeting this need. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for the management of numerous types of pain conditions, and mechanisms of action for acupuncture have been described and are understandable from biomedical, physiologic perspectives. Further, acupuncture's cost-effectiveness can dramatically decrease health care expenditures, both from the standpoint of treating acute pain and through avoiding addiction to opioids that requires costly care, destroys quality of life, and can lead to fatal overdose. Numerous federal regulatory agencies have advised or mandated that healthcare systems and providers offer non-pharmacologic treatment options for pain. Acupuncture stands out as the most evidence-based, immediately available choice to fulfil these calls. Acupuncture can safely, easily, and cost-effectively be incorporated into hospital settings as diverse as the emergency department, labor and delivery suites, and neonatal intensive care units to treat a variety of commonly seen pain conditions. Acupuncture is already being successfully and meaningfully utilized by the Veterans Administration and various branches of the U.S. Military, in some studies demonstrably decreasing the volume of opioids prescribed when included in care.
 

Acupuncture for Cough

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34-year-old Sharon had a bad cough for over 2 months. She'd actually had a similar sinario 2 years ago, which lasted 4 months. This time, after a cold, it kept on and on again, bothering her day and night. It was a dry cough, which could be triggered by change of temperature, speaking or unknown reason. Sometimes it could be a paroxysmal spasmodic fit. It was her physiotherapist who noticed her stubborn problem then recommended she come to see me. At the time, I wasn't feeling too confident a...
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Effect of Acupuncture on Postoperative Ileus after Distal Gastrectomy for Gastric Cancer

July 11, 2018
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5362830/ J Gastric Cancer. 2017 Mar;17(1):11-20. doi: 10.5230/jgc.2017.17.e2. 
By Jung SY, Chae HD, Kang UR, Kwak MA, Kim IH. 

Abstract 

PURPOSE: Acupuncture has recently been accepted as a treatment option for managing postoperative ileus (POI) and various functional gastrointestinal disorders. Therefore, we conducted a prospective randomized study to evaluate the effect of acupuncture on POI and other surgical outcomes in patients who underwent gast...

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Acupuncture for Trigger Finger

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Acupuncture for IBS

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33-year-old Vicki had suffered from tummy aches for many years. She was diagnosed with IBS when she was 18. Quite often, especially when she felt anxious or stressed, there was a crampy ache in her abdomen mostly on the left side. Her stools could be either loose or dry. She would feel lethargic. She also had cold hands and feet. Since none of the medicines could help, she decided to try acupuncture. In the first session, I used some points in her tummy and legs. Moxabustion was combined with...


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Acupuncture in Patients with Allergic Asthma: A Randomized Pragmatic Trial

February 7, 2018
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28287818 J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Mar 13. doi: 10.1089/acm.2016.0357. 
By Brinkhaus B, Roll S, Jena S, Icke K, Adam D, Binting S, Lotz F, et al., 

Abstract
 
BACKGROUND: 
Although the available evidence is insufficient, acupuncture is used in patients suffering from chronic asthma. The aim of this pragmatic study was to investigate the effectiveness of acupuncture in addition to routine care in patients with allergic asthma compared to treatment with routin...

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