Treatment of chronic pain with acupuncture

JAMA. 1975 Jun 16;232(11):1133-5.


We performed 979 acupuncture treatments in 261 patients with chronic pain. A substantial number of patients stated that they had relief immediately following a series of four acupuncture treatments. It did not matter whether the needles were placed in the traditional meridian locations of in arbitrary fixed control points. Four weeks following treatment, 65% of the patients reported little or no reduction in the intensity of their pain, 17% reported a 50% reduction, and 18% at least a 75% reduction.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy* / methods
  • Aged
  • Autosuggestion
  • Chronic Disease
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Needles
  • Pain Management*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors