Acupuncture: A Solution to the Opioid Crisis?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 8, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ —

ext (2)

Jacksonville, FL — According to the National Institutes of Health, it is estimated 2 million people in the U.S. suffer from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers. Forty-six Americans die each day from prescription opioid overdoses–that’s two deaths an hour; and this critical national health issue is on the rise. But, according to the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, instead of using an addictive prescription drug, pain can effectively be treated using acupuncture.

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20151208/294181

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University researchers published a study (September 2015) finding that repeated acupuncture treatment might reduce or eliminate the need for opioids by restoring the balance in key brain regions, altering pain-related attention and memory. The study was published by the National Center for Biotechnology, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Both NIH and the World Health Organization support acupuncture in the treatment for pain based on randomized controlled trials,” says Bill Reddy, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)® and Director, Integrative Health Policy Consortium, Pinecrest Wellness Center, Annandale, VA.  “Acupuncture is a viable, evidenced-based solution to our nation’s opioid problem with an infrastructure already in place with nearly 17,000 acupuncturists that are both state-licensed and board-certified by NCCAOM® across the nation.”

A 2012 meta-analysis published by the American Medical Association evaluated acupuncture for the treatment of chronic pain involving a total of 17,922 patients suffering from back and neck pain, osteoarthritis and chronic headaches.  The conclusion of the study is that, “Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain and is therefore a reasonable referral option.”

In fact, acupuncture may be used in lieu of pain medication and is listed as an “Essential Health Benefit” among benchmark health insurance plans in six states. In the remaining 44 states, acupuncture has partial or full coverage.

“While acupuncture can reduce pain and may help reduce the growing opioid addiction rate, today’s nationally board-certified acupuncturists can address many health concerns including digestive issues, weight loss, headaches as well as improving immune system function and overall health,” says Kory Ward-Cook, PhD, MT(ASCP), CAE, CEO of the NCCAOM®.

In existence for more than 3,000 years, acupuncture and Oriental medicine’s holistic approach can be leveraged not only to treat moderate to severe pain traditionally treated with opioids, but also to maintain health and well-being.

To find a nationally board-certified NCCAOM acupuncturist or Oriental medicine practitioner in your area, go to www.nccaom.org .

About the NCCAOM

With a mission to ensure the safety and well-being of the public, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is a nonprofit organization that advances acupuncture and Oriental medicine by establishing and promoting evidence-based standards of competence and credentialing.

Founded in 1982, NCCAOM certification indicates that a practitioner has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. Since its inception, the NCCAOM has certified more than 24,000 Diplomates in acupuncture, Chinese herbology, Asian bodywork therapy, and Oriental medicine in America.

For more information about NCCAOM, visit www.nccaom.org.

Media Contact: Mina Larson, NCCAOM, (703) 314-2908,mlarson@thenccaom.org

News distributed by PR Newswire iReach: https://ireach.prnewswire.com

SOURCE NCCAOM

Original Article Link

Cincinnati Acupuncture Clinic is an NCCAOM Certified Provider

Call 513-288-4448 to setup a consultation.

Patients hospitalized for cancer treatment commonly use complementary and integrative health (CIH) approaches such as nutritional supplements, special diets, and massage according to a new study. About half of participants were interested in acupuncture, biofeedback, and mindfulness meditation.

PRESS RELEASE FROM MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC., PUBLISHERS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Kathryn Ryan
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers
914-740-2100
kryan@liebertpub.com

New Study Shows High Use of Complementary Therapies by Cancer Inpatients

New Rochelle, NY, December 2, 2015—Patients hospitalized for cancer treatment commonly use complementary and integrative health (CIH) approaches such as nutritional supplements, special diets, and massage according to a new study. More than 95% of patients expressed interest in at least one of these types of therapies if offered during their hospital stay, as reported in the article published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available to download for free on The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine website until January 2, 2016.

In the article “Improving Patient-Centered Care: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Prior Use and Interest in Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches Among Hospitalized Oncology Patients,” Rhianon Liu and Maria Chao, DrPH, University of California, San Francisco, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine evaluated the use of 12 different CIH approaches by patients in a surgical oncology ward. The most commonly used were vitamins/nutritional supplements (67%), a special diet (42%), and manual therapies such as massage or acupressure (39%).

The study also assessed patient interest in seven different CIH approaches if they were offered, and more than 40% of patients expressed interest in each treatment, including nutritional counseling (77%) and massage (76%). About half of participants were interested in acupuncture, biofeedback, and mindfulness meditation.

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health under Award Numbers T32AT003997, K01AT006545, and K24AT007827, and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, under Award Number KL2TR00143.The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

 

 

 

Original Article Link

Cincinnati Acupuncture Clinic is an NCCAOM Certified Provider

Call 513-288-4448 to setup a consultation.