Acupuncture more effective than drugs for Neck Pain

Dr Bryan Articles

article sourced from HealthCMI



Do you have neck pain? Many of us experience neck pain at some point in our lives. If it is a degenerative condition (meaning there is continuing break down of the tissues), then this pain is probably something you have to deal with everyday. If neck pain is something you notice is negatively affecting your life (maybe during driving, working at the computer, lifting children), then acupuncture could be your solution.


Acupuncture has been found to be more effective than drug therapy for the treatment of neck disc herniations. This disorder is characterized by neck pain, numbness and/or weakness that often radiates towards the hands. Researchers compared electroacupuncture with the medication Meloxicam (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) and discovered that electroacupuncture is more effective in both the short and long-term for the treatment of cervical intervertebral disc herniations.

A total of 420 patients were investigated in this randomized controlled study.

Recovery was defined as a patient who is asymptomatic, has regained normal muscle strength and cervical & limb functions, is able to return to work and has a decrease in the rate of both symptoms and signs greater than or equal to 95%. Objective improvements were measured with tests including tendon reflexes, cervical motion, as well as subjective measurements including  pain, tenderness and numbness scores.

These measurements demonstrated that electroacupuncture proved significantly more effective in the short and long-term than the medication.


The Acupuncture group performed significantly better than the medication group in short and long-term recovery, providing longer lasting improvement. The researchers note, “With a randomized controlled multi-centered large-sampled method, this study has shown that the EA (electroacupuncture) group was better than the medication group in comparing both short-term and long-term therapeutic efficacies.”

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