Acupuncture relieves pain better than powerful opioids

When you’re recovering from surgery or an injury, the pain can be excruciating.

And that kind of pain usually doesn’t go away without putting up a fight.

Your doctor may give you some powerful painkillers like morphine, Vicodin, or Oxycontin; but those can be dangerous, addictive solutions.

Now, an amazing new study on emergency room patients finds that a natural treatment I’ve been recommending for years can give those pain killer pushers a run for their money.

In fact, this natural pain cure isn’t a pill at all – it’s a set of tiny NEEDLES, strategically placed along the body to manipulate pain signals, or better known as acupuncture.

Usually someone goes to the A&E because they’re experiencing pain that has come on suddenly and is so bad that it just can’t wait – and that’s when powerful painkillers are given as a “quick fix.”

But in this latest study, acupuncture not only alleviated the patients’ pain, but it worked even FASTER than powerful painkillers like morphine!

This study treated 300 A&E patients in moderate to severe pain with either acupuncture or intravenous morphine.

Some might find it shocking that acupuncture relieved pain with MORE patients (92 per cent versus 78 per cent with morphine) and in LESS time (16 minutes versus a half hour), but I’ve been extolling the laurels of this practice from ancient Chinese medicine ever since I became one of the first certified medical acupuncturists out there.

At the very least, this treatment can reduce inflammation and release endorphins, which are your body’s own mood-boosting and pain-relieving hormones.

When you’re in that much pain – enough to end up in an ambulance – every minute counts. In the study, acupuncture relieved pain in as little as eight minutes, while morphine took up to 42 minutes to work.

And that’s if the morphine worked at all.

Even if the intravenous morphine did relieve some pain, it did so with side effects like dizziness and nausea and vomiting.

But there were practically no side effects with the acupuncture treatment. A couple of the delicate needles broke during insertion – which is normal during an acupuncture session, especially if the patient can’t lie still – but I wouldn’t exactly call that a “side effect.”

Most of the time, a patient can’t even feel it when a needle breaks.

Unfortunately, if you wind up in the A&E, chances are you won’t be given acupuncture as an alternative to painkillers… and that’s just because mainstream doctors just don’t know about the benefits of this alternative pain reliever. So, get started on this time-proven treatment now… while your pain isn’t at “emergency” levels… or maybe even while you’re not in pain at all.

Acupuncture has a number of benefits even for healthy people, including boosting immunity (which is always a good thing).

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Sources:

Acupuncture Beats Injected Morphine for Pain: Groundbreaking Study, greenmedinfo.com/blog/acupuncture-beats-injected-morphine-pain-groundbreaking-study

Acupuncture vs intravenous morphine in the management of acute pain in the ED, ajemjournal.com/article/S0735-6757%2816%2930422-3/abstract

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  1. Accupuncture helped me quit smoking and I use it for my lower back pain. It’s a wonderful alternative to so many drugs

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