Use of Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Optimizing Clinical Practice

Ladan Eshkevari, Janie Heath

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Abstract

Increasingly, individuals are turning to complementary therapies to reduce or cope with chronic pain. Acupuncture, one of the oldest complementary therapies, originated from China more than 2500 years ago. It has steadily gained popularity in the United States over the last few decades as a modality for pain relief among both practitioners and patients. A 1997 National Institutes of Health consensus conference concluded that acupuncture needling releases endorphins and other neurotransmitters in the brain and should be considered as an appropriate pain treatment option. This article will provide an overview about acupuncture principles, discuss current clinical evidence, and identify acupuncture resources to optimize practice for chronic pain management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-221
Number of pages5
JournalHolistic Nursing Practice
Volume19
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005

Keywords

  • Acupuncture
  • Pain management
  • Traditional Chinese medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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