Update on acupuncture for chronic pain

In the May 2018  issue of the Journal of Pain, an update of a 2012 review article on acupuncture for chronic pain from the Archives of Internal Medicine provides the following highlights:

  • Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic musculoskeletal, headache, and osteoarthritis pain
  • Treatment effects persist over time and cannot be explained solely in terms of placebo effects

The evidence supports the conclusion that a course of acupuncture is a reasonable option for patients with chronic pain.