Acupuncture is an acceptable and effective adjunctive method for reducing pain and anxiety in an emergency department (ED) setting, report American clinicians. In a pilot observational study, retrospective data was used to identify patients who had received individualised acupuncture in addition to standard medical care in the ED. A total of 182 patients were included in their analyses. Of the 52% of patients who did not receive analgesics before or during the acupuncture session, the average reported decrease in pain (2.37 points) was not different to the mean decrease of those who received analgesics (2.68 points). In addition there was a significant improvement in anxiety scores amongst those who received acupuncture.
Acceptability, Adaptation, and Clinical Outcomes of Acupuncture Provided in the Emergency Department: A Retrospective Pilot Study. Pain Med. 2016 Feb 25. pii: pnv114. [Epub ahead of print].