It appears that some doctors from Melbourne, Australia are close to quantifying the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating pain. Julia Medew, writer of health articles for the Sydney Morning Herald, says that the study in-progress is tackling the idea of using acupuncture, and other forms of Oriental medicine, in a hospital setting; something that was not done wholesale in Australia. The results are promising:
“While data from the study is still being analysed and finalised for publication in a medical journal, one of the researchers, Dr Michael Ben-Meir, said it showed acupuncture offered the same level of pain relief as analgesic drugs when patients rated their pain one hour after treatment.
”Acupuncture was equivalent to what we defined as conventional medicine standard care, which was strong oral analgesia, such as Endone, Panadeine Forte, Voltaren and Valium,” he said.”
Of course, the study is operating within a set of limits: hospitals are only asked to quantify the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating migraines, ankle sprains, and back pains. Incidentally, these types of conditions are usually encountered in workplace accidents, traffic collisions, and sports-related injuries. These are the preserve of most practitioners of acupuncture in Palm Harbor, Florida, like those from East West Healing Solutions. While it’s not meant to replace conventional medicine, acupuncture certainly has some advantages over it.
First, prescription medication can have side effects like drowsiness, nausea, and vomiting, which aren’t exactly beneficial. There is also the fact that prescription drugs are sometimes abused and taken without a doctor’s consent, resulting in addiction or worse. Finally, meds can be faked and sold in pharmaceuticals, although this is something that the authorities are currently working to stamp out.
Furthermore, acupuncture is actually recommended by most physicians in treating chronic and acute pain. This is especially true in Florida, considering that every year 3.5 million children aged 14 and below suffer from sports injuries alone. Of this number, about 775,000 require emergency medical assistance due to bad falls, collisions, or being struck by foreign objects. In addition, the majority of these incidences- about 63 percent- occur during practice; this results in sprains, back pains, or worse.
Such injuries need to be treated by adopting a holistic approach, which is something that a renowned Palm Harbor Oriental medicine office can provide. Herbs, massages, and of course acupuncture go hand-in-hand in treating pain while conventional treatments shoulder the healing process. Sadly, this harmonious process is seldom implemented in hospitals throughout the US. erhaps the Melbourne study will change their minds once it’s published.
(Source: Acupuncture as effective as drugs in treating pain, trial shows, The Sydney Morning Herald, March 30, 2014)