Auriculotherapy and reducing chronic musculoskeletal pain: integrative review

Rev Bras Enferm. 2020 Nov 9;73(s6):e20190394. doi: 10.1590/0034-7167-2019-0394. eCollection 2020.
[Article in English, Portuguese]


Objectives: to describe the scientific evidence on the use of auriculotherapy to reduce chronic musculoskeletal pain in adults and the elderly.

Methods: integrative literature review conducted in the Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences, SciVerse Scopus and MEDLINE databases (via National Library of Medicine), in March 2019, with no time frame.

Results: 14 original scientific articles were analyzed, 64.3% of which were classified with level of evidence 2. All productions show the benefit of auriculotherapy in reducing chronic musculoskeletal pain, especially in the lumbar spine (42.9%). The treatment was developed in one or more sessions, using semi-permanent needles (42.9%) and electro-auriculotherapy (21.4%).

Conclusions: auriculotherapy was effective in reducing chronic musculoskeletal pain, showing itself as an alternative to be used for the promotion and recovery of individuals' health.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Auriculotherapy*
  • Chronic Pain / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Musculoskeletal Pain / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome