• Bruce Pomeranz
  • Gabriel Stux


The papers reviewed below indicate that AA is very effective in treating chronic pain, helping 55%–85% of patients (compared to morphine which helps 70%). Secondly, these papers show that AA is better than placebo which helps only 30% of patients. These statements are based on evidence collected in four classes of studies (see recent reviews [15, 22, 25]).


Chronic Pain Acupuncture Treatment Sham Acupuncture Motor Point Acupuncture Analgesia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce Pomeranz
    • 1
  • Gabriel Stux
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Physiology (Faculty of Medicine), Dept. of Zoology (Faculty of Arts and Science)University of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Acupuncture CentrumDüsseldorfFederal Republic of Germany

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