Acupuncture beats morphine for pain relief

Acupuncture beats morphine for pain relief

Acupuncture beats morphine for pain relief, according to recent research from Fattouma Bourguiba University Hospital in Tunisia.

The researchers showed that is more effective and faster at treating pain than intravenous morphine with less side effects.

Over 300 emergency room patients were included in the study — half were in the morphine group and the other half were in the acupuncture group.

The study abstract reported these amazing results:

Success rate was significantly different between the 2 groups (92% in the acupuncture group vs 78% in the morphine group P < .001). Resolution time was 16 ± 8 minutes in the acupuncture group vs 28 ± 14 minutes in the morphine group (P < .005). Overall, 89 patients (29.6%) experienced minor adverse effects: 85 (56.6%) in morphine group and 4 (2.6%) in acupuncture group (P < .001). No major adverse effects were recorded during the study protocol. In patients with acute pain presenting to the ED, acupuncture was associated with more effective and faster analgesia with better tolerance.

To simplify, the researchers found that acupuncture beats morphine for pain relief, as the acupuncture treatement was associated with faster and better pain relief.

The study showing that acupuncture beats morphine for pain relief was published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

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REFERENCES:
1. “Acupuncture Beats Injected Morphine for Pain: Groundbreaking Study.” GreenMedInfo.com. GreenMedInfo.com, n.d. Web. 15 Aug. 2016.
2. “Acupuncture vs Intravenous Morphine in the Management of Acute Pain in the ED.” The American Journal of Emergency Medicine. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, n.d. Web.

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