Dr. Paul White from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas has reviewed the medical literature and published a summary of the state of the art of acupuncture to manage pain.

Low back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis of the knee

  • Effective for short-term management.
  • But the response does not result in long-term benefits.

Dental pain, colonoscopy pain, and intraoperative analgesia

  • Study results are inconclusive.

Acupuncture during labor

  • Might be useful during the early stages.
  • Not beneficial throughout the course of labor.

Postoperative pain

  • Results are inconclusive.
  • Response depends on the timing of treatment and the patient’s level of consciousness.

In the same issue of the journal, Aneshesia & Analgesia, Dr. White and colleagues review the mechanisms behind the pain relief associated with acupuncture.

2/20/08 20:37 JR

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