Electrotherapy and acupuncture linked with decreased, delayed opioid use after TKA Tedesco D, et al. JAMA Surg. 2017;doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.2872. August 16, 2017 Investigators found electrotherapy and acupuncture after total knee arthroplasty correlated with a decrease in and later use of opioids. Researchers performed a systematic review and found 5,509 studies of nonpharmacological interventions for postoperative pain…

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Trial of intensive acupuncture for smoking cessation: a pilot study

JULY 10, 2015 Acupuncture in Medicine McFadden DD, et al. The purpose of this trial was to determine if acupuncture is a potential smoking cessation treatment for patients looking for an alternative therapy to help quit. Results show that a majority of the participants who completed the treatment program rated it as successful and would…

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Acupuncture for the sequelae of Bell’s palsy

JUNE 23, 2015 Trials Kwon HJ, et al. Incomplete recovery from facial palsy results in social and physical disabilities, and the medical options for the sequelae of Bell’s palsy are limited. Acupuncture is widely used for Bell’s palsy patients in East Asia, but its efficacy is unclear. Compared with the waiting list group, acupuncture had…

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