Current Emergency and Hospital Medicine Reports

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 196–202 | Cite as

Acupuncture in the Emergency Management of Painful Conditions

  • Jonathan GlauserEmail author
  • Maya Myslenski
  • Sarah Money
Pain Management (S Mace, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Pain Management


Purpose of Review

A high percentage of patients present to the emergency department for management of painful conditions. It is in society’s interest to provide pain relief without contributing to the ongoing opioid crisis.

Recent Findings

Acupuncture is an ancient therapy dating from more than 4000 years. It has not historically been shown in rigorous duplicated studies to be effective in the management of acutely painful conditions. More recent literature has shown its promise in the treatment of a variety of defined and common complaints.


Nonopioid treatment options for management of moderate to severe acute pain in the emergency department are limited. Recent reports and comparative studies utilizing acupuncture show promise for the emergency care of acute painful conditions.


Opioid crisis Acupuncture Pain management Alternative medicine 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Glauser
    • 1
    Email author
  • Maya Myslenski
    • 2
  • Sarah Money
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty Residency Training Program in Emergency Medicine MetroHealth Medical Center/Cleveland Clinic, Emergency MedicineCase Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA
  3. 3.Spine InstituteUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  4. 4.Henry Ford Medical SystemDetroitUSA

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