Acupuncture for chronic pain

JAMA. 2014 Mar 5;311(9):955-6. doi: 10.1001/jama.2013.285478.


Clinical question: Is acupuncture associated with reduced pain outcomes for patients with chronic pain compared with sham-acupuncture (placebo) or no-acupuncture control?

Bottom line: Acupuncture is associated with improved pain outcomes compared with sham-acupuncture and no-acupuncture control, with response rates of approximately 30% for no acupuncture, 42.5% for sham acupuncture, and 50% for acupuncture.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy / methods*
  • Chronic Pain / therapy*
  • Humans