Winner: If you can stick a pin in it, researchers are eager to study acupuncture.


  • Might be a good alternative or complement to drugs to facilitate birth and provide normal delivery for women with prelabor rupture of membranes.


  • Successful treatment often requires combined therapies, and acupuncture should be considered.

Chronic neck pain

  • Acupuncture added to routine care is associated with significant improvements in neck pain and disability compared to routine care alone.


  • Acupuncture plus routine care is associated with marked clinical improvement in patients with chronic OA-associated pain of the knee or hip.

Post-operative nausea and vomiting

  • Guidelines by the American Society of Anesthesiologists include using acupuncture.


  • Legislation submitted in Ontario, Canada would create a self-governing regulatory college, and restrict the practice of acupuncture to members of the profession who would be able to use title, doctor.

12/30/06 22:07 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.