January 15, 2016

NCCIH Explores Acupuncture and Pain Management

NCCIH, or the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, has analyzed some of the research into the effectiveness of acupuncture and pain management. As in all scientific research, there are many research factors involved that have yet to be resolved, however, significant benefit for pain management was clear even in the early stages of their analysis.

The effectiveness of acupuncture in pain management is clear in a research overview done by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Their report says statistically significant differences were found when acupuncture is compared to no acupuncture in the treatment of pain. 

It also states: Biological effects associated with acupuncture have been reported from animal and human subject research. Examples include stimulation of local inflammatory and immune responses, fibroblast spreading and cytoskeletal remodeling, release of adenosine (antinociceptive effects), neuromodulatory mechanisms, increase of opioid peptides, and autonomic nervous system modulation. 

NCCIH is maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute of Health (NIH).

You can read more about pain management with acupuncture and Chinese Medicine on our blog here and here.

For more information, you can contact Jeffrey Russell, M.A., D.O.M, 7982 New La Grange Rd, Lyndon, KY 40222, 502-299-8900.