Acupuncture is Stronger than Morphine for Pain Relief

According to a recent study from the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, scientists discovered that acupuncture is stronger than morphine for pain relief.  The study had 300 subjects, one half were treated with acupuncture and the other half were given morphine to treat their pain. 

92% of the patients who were given acupuncture found that their pain decreased compared with 78% of the patients who were given morphine.  The patients who were received acupuncture obtained relief in an average of 16 minutes compared with 28 minutes in the subjects who were given morphine 

The study showed that morphine has a greater risk of side effects.  57% of the patients who were given morphine stated that they had minor side effects from the medication.  Only 3% of the patients who received acupuncture stated they had any minor side effects.

The scientists found that acupuncture works faster, provides pain relief to more people, and has fewer side effects than the potent drug morphine.  They concluded that acupuncture could be a very effective treatment for patients who have pain and go to the emergency room.

The Effects of Acupuncture Last for Almost a Year

In a separate study of 17,922 patients consisting of 29 separate trials, it was found that 90% of the benefit of acupuncture lasts for a year.  Even when compared to “sham” acupuncture points, the effects of “real” acupuncture last for over a year. 

There is a problem with the term “sham” acupuncture points.  Practically every time a “sham” point is used, it is an acupuncture point taken from a different school of thought.  In the picture below, the red dot is the well known point He Gu, it is used many times in acupuncture research.  Around the red dot are several black dots which are points that are from a different school of thought called Tung’s Acupuncture which arose at the same time as what is known as orthodox acupuncture. 

Acupuncture Points of the thumb web

Acupuncture Points of the thumb web

In the picture it is apparent that there are many points that are close to the orthodox point and they have similar effects to the point mentioned above: He Gu.  The researchers in the studies that use “sham” points are not aware of or choose to ignore other styles of acupuncture in our opinion.

As you have read above, acupuncture is one of the most effective and strongest treatment for eliminating pain.  84% of our patients achieve a 76% reduction in pain or other symptoms on the very first visit.  So, if you have back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, tennis elbow, shoulder pain, knee pain, ankle pain, or foot pain call our office at (618) 207-4445 or you can e-mail the office at

Eric Waltemate, DC, LAc (IN)
14 Park Place Suite A

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