Acupuncture for Pain

Tung’s style and Dr Tan Balancing Method acupuncture brings immediate and long lasting pain reducing effect as well as promoting the healing process of the affected area.

Acupuncture and Pain

There is some evidence to suggest that acupuncture can be effective in reducing pain. Here are some key findings from scientific studies:

Chronic Pain:

A review published in JAMA Internal Medicine in 2017 analyzed 29 randomized clinical trials involving over 17,000 patients with chronic pain conditions such as back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, and chronic headaches. The review found that acupuncture was effective in reducing pain, with the largest effect seen in patients with chronic headaches. The study concluded that acupuncture is a reasonable option for people with chronic pain.

Reference: Vickers AJ, Cronin AM, Maschino AC, et al. Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis. JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(5):637–648. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.7635

Knee with acupuncture needles to treat osteoarthritis and pain

Knee Osteoarthritis:

A study published in JAMA in 2012 compared the effects of acupuncture and sham acupuncture on pain and function in patients with knee osteoarthritis. The study included 570 patients who received either real acupuncture, sham acupuncture (with needles inserted at non-acupuncture points), or standard care. The study found that real acupuncture was more effective than sham acupuncture or standard care in reducing pain and improving function.

Reference: Berman BM, Lao L, Langenberg P, Lee WL, Gilpin AM, Hochberg MC. Effectiveness of Acupuncture as Adjunctive Therapy in Osteoarthritis of the Knee: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2004;141(12):901–910. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-141-12-200412210-00006


A meta-analysis published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2016 reviewed 22 randomized controlled trials involving over 4,400 patients with migraine headaches. The study found that acupuncture was effective in reducing the frequency and intensity of migraines, and was at least as effective as prophylactic drug treatment.

Reference: Linde K, Allais G, Brinkhaus B, et al. Acupuncture for the prevention of episodic migraine. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD001218. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001218.pub3

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Close-up Of A Man's Feet Receiving Acupuncture Treatment

Postoperative Pain:

A study published in the British Journal of Anaesthesia in 2013 investigated the effects of acupuncture on postoperative pain in 150 patients undergoing major surgery. The study found that patients who received acupuncture had significantly lower pain scores and required fewer opioids for pain relief compared to the control group.

Reference: Sun Y, Gan TJ, Dubose JW, et al. Acupuncture and related techniques for postoperative pain: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Br J Anaesth. 2008;101(2):151–160. doi:10.1093/bja/aen146

Dysmenorrhea (period pain):

A randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies in 2020 investigated the effects of acupuncture on primary dysmenorrhea. The study included 80 women who were randomized to receive either acupuncture or a placebo treatment. The study found that the acupuncture group had significant reductions in pain and other symptoms compared to the placebo group.

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