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Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of chronic pain

Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of chronic pain

An analysis of 29 clinical studies by scientists at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center showed that acupuncture is better than acupuncture. use of placebo for the treatment of some types of chronic pain, such as low back pain and headache. The researchers used information from clinical studies done with a total of 17,992 patients from the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Spain and Sweden. Acupuncture was shown to be superior in the treatment of chronic pain both in relation to the group that received no therapy as to what received simulated acupuncture when the needles were introduced into the skin but out of the specific points. Patients were given "grades" from zero to ten for the degree of pain that they felt at the end of each session. . According to scholars, patients who received acupuncture presented less pain in chronic cases of low back pain, osteoarthritis and headache than patients treated with sham acupuncture and other placebos treatments. The technique created at least 2,500 years ago by the Chinese was called into question until today because, in many studies, it presented results not sufficiently better than the placebo treatment. According to the authors, the data from this analysis with patients in high-quality clinical trials provide the most robust evidence that acupuncture is a good option for patients with chronic pain. See How to Get the Most Out of Acupuncture

"The stimulation in the body caused by the needles causes substances responsible for the sensation of well-being, such as endophytic and serotonin, to be released, balancing the body's functioning," says Adriana Athias, PhD and Acupuncture Physician. clinic Origen, in Rio de Janeiro. If the technique is performed the right way and by a qualified professional, this balance can help in the treatment of various complications, from chronic pain and migraine to cancer. If you still have questions about the treatment and still do not know if it is right for you, ask some questions:

Is acupuncture indicated for treating chronic diseases?

It is a complementary therapy for diabetes and other chronic diseases, without dispensing with the use of medication. "However, there are patients who, after a cycle of eight sessions of acupuncture, can reduce the amount of the medication dose after the doctor's evaluation," says physiatrist Adriana Athias.

It is normal to feel slight pain during the application of the medications. According to the physiotherapist and acupuncture specialist Luciana Meneghel of the Clinica Reacciona of Piracicaba (SP), there are people who report mild pain or discomfort, but there are those who do not feel discomfort. "But feeling a lot of pain usually means that the acupuncture point is wrong, and it can affect a tendon, a blood vessel, or other more sensitive regions."

What is the optimal frequency of treatment?

Treatment is weekly most of the time, but it all depends on the patient's complaint. "In acute pain situations, sessions can occur on alternate days to pain relief, going twice weekly until a weekly frequency," says acupuncturist Adriana Athias. In cases of chronic diseases, the ideal is to start treatment twice a week in the first three weeks, and then move on to the weekly.

Is acupuncture the only way to treat some of the complications? According to acupuncturist Luciana, problems such as anxiety, insomnia, headache, stress, acute pain without tissue damage, rhinitis and sinusitis can be treated solely with acupuncture. But this will depend on the picture of each patient.


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