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National Institute for Health Research

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) established that acupuncture works for pain from musculoskeletal conditions, knee arthritis and chronic headache.

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Chronic Pain Relief with Acupuncture

Research that investigated 18,000 people diagnosed with chronic neck pain, lower back pain, head or knee pain established, that acupuncture does improve the effectiveness of standard medical care by reducing chronic pain severity.

The research involved an analyses of 29 high-quality trials that investigated medical treatments and acupuncture treatment. Medical treatment comparisons included anti-inflammatory medication and physiotherapy.

Acupuncture is a treatment option for people with chronic pain as acupuncture significantly reduces the number of headaches and migraine attacks. Acupuncture also reduces lower back pain and disability of osteoarthritis. Findings also established that patients were less reliant on medication to control pain.

Acupuncture for Anxiety and Depression

Research found that both acupuncture for mental health alongside counselling significantly reduced the severity of depressions, with benefits persisting for up to a year after treatment. Acupuncture is a treatment option for people suffering with moderate to severe depression or anxiety.

Evidence-supported acupuncture services

Acupuncture Provided within a Manged Care Setting Meet Patient Expectations and Quality Outcomes

A 2-year Retrospective Study of 89,000 patients within Adult Speciality Health Services established that 93% of patients when surveyed said that the acupuncture treatment was successful in treating their primary health condition.

Musculoskeletal pain syndromes, lower back pain and neck pain are the most prevalent conditions under the American Speciality Health Program. Patients reported high levels of satisfaction with care, safety, and the fully certified acupuncturist ability to effectively treat their presenting health conditions. Patients also reported high levels of willingness to recommend others to their individual acupuncture practitioner.

Guidelines that recommend the benefits of acupuncture services

A bibliometric analysis

A bibliometric analysis of medical databases found over 2189 recommendations for the use of acupuncture for anxiety and for pain relief. Recommendation was made by government health institutions, national guideline, and medical speciality groups from around the world. The most common recommendation for acupuncture treatment included 1486 recommendations for 107 pain indications and the remaining recommendations were made for people suffering with non-pain issues.

National Institute Clinical Excellence (NICE)

Acupuncture is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the treatment management of Headaches in over 12s: diagnosis and management (CG150). 

Acupuncture is recommended by NICE for the treatment management of Chronic pain (primary and secondary) in over 16s: assessment of all chronic pain and management of chronic primary pain (CG193).

Managing Chronic Prostatitis symptoms over 16s: Acupuncture as part of multimodal management 2022.

Antenatal care: Acupressure for moderate to severe nausea and vomiting in pregnant women [NG201].

Low Back Pain Rheumatology

Acupuncture is considered as one of several first options among pharmaceutical or spinal manipulation for patients suffering from low back pain that lasts less than or more than 12 weeks.

Low Back Pain Rheumatology

Acupuncture is considered as one of several first options among pharmaceutical or spinal manipulation for patients suffering from low back pain that lasts less than or more than 12 weeks.

Options for low back pain
lasting less than 12 weeks

Options for low back pain
lasting less than 12 weeks

Options to consider first

Options if first treatments fail

National Institute Clinical Excellence

Acupuncture is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for the treatment management of Headaches in over 12s: diagnosis and management (CG150). 

Acupuncture is recommended by NICE for the treatment management of Chronic pain (primary and secondary) in over 16s: assessment of all chronic pain and management of chronic primary pain (CG193).

Evidence Based Acupuncture- The benefits

Evidence-Based Acupuncture provides information about acupuncture’s scientific evidence for back pain relief, mental health, and other issues.

A summary of the evidence base for acupuncture conducted by a team of researchers in Australia found evidence of a positive effect of acupuncture treatment on medically diagnosed conditions:

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Allergic rhinitis

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Chronic low back pain

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Tension-type headache/chronic headaches

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Osteoarthritis of the knee

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Migraine

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Postoperative pain management

Potential of a positive effect: