Auricular acupuncture in the treatment of acute pain syndromes: A pilot study.


Journal Article

This pilot study used a randomized controlled clinical trial design to compare the effects of standard emergency medical care to auricular acupuncture plus standard emergency medical care in patients with acute pain syndromes. Eighty-seven active duty military personnel and their dependents with a diagnosis of acute pain completed the study, which was conducted in the emergency room (ER) at Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. The primary outcome measure was change in pain level from baseline, as measured by the Numerical Rating Scale. Participants in the acupuncture group experienced a 23% reduction in pain before leaving the ER, while average pain levels in participants in the standard medical care group remained basically unchanged. (p < 0.0005). However, both groups experienced a similar reduction in pain 24 hours following treatment in the ER. More research is needed to elucidate treatment effects and to determine mechanisms.

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Cited Authors

  • Goertz, CMH; Niemtzow, R; Burns, SM; Fritts, MJ; Crawford, CC; Jonas, WB

Published Date

  • October 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 171 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 1010 - 1014

PubMed ID

  • 17076456

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17076456

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0026-4075

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.7205/milmed.171.10.1010


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England