15. February 2018 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Pain Management

The Acupuncture Now Foundation (a non-profit organisation dedicated to educating the public, healthcare providers and health policymakers about acupuncture) has submitted an extensive document to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA – the US government agency responsible for protecting and promoting public health). The 34-page position paper summarises the most pertinent information regarding the potential of acupuncture for treating common pain conditions and reducing dependency on harmful medications. They review the current body of research as well as providing an overview of the potential benefits and limitations of expanding acupuncture’s role in pain management. The paper contains up-to-date research summaries on chronic and acute pain, plus summaries of four landmark studies. The authors intend it to be a useful resource for those preparing evidence summaries to government agencies, health insurance companies and health policy decision-makers.

Acupuncture in Pain Management: Strengths and Weaknesses of a Promising Non-Pharmacologic Therapy in the Age of the Opioid Epidemic. 2017.