The Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis is doing groundbreaking work with acupuncture! They are offering acupuncture as an adjunctive therapy in the emergency room. Acupuncture is routinely used to reduce pain. By offering treatments in the ER the hospital looks to reduce the reliance on addictive opioid drugs.
"After tracking 182 patients, it reported this month that pain scores in those who received acupuncture alone dropped by the same amount as those who also received analgesic painkillers." - startribune.com
This is a fantastic and innovative way for the practice of acupuncture to collaborate with standard medical care. Clearly, acupuncture is not the answer when critical and life-saving care is needed. However, it is a great tool to reduce pain (and anxiety) in the emergency room. The hospital has completed its initial study and is now pursuing a grant for a larger study.
The attitude of those in the hospital is so perfect. I love this quote!
"It’s not about Western medicine” vs. Eastern medicine....“It’s not about the medication. It’s not about acupuncture. It’s about, what can we do to make the patient feel better?” - startribune.com
Yes. That should always be the goal.
For a the full report on this program please see the startribune.com
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