Acupuncture’s role in solving the Opioid Epidemic, our three person showed that on the Multidisciplinary Board Fact Finding Work Group Controlling Substances meeting on Nov. 3rd, 2017 in Orlando.  We focused on the Evidence, Cost-Effectiveness, and Care Availability for Acupuncture as a  Primary, Non-Pharmacologic Method  for Pain Relief and Management following the White Paper 2017.


We pointed out that Acupuncture is an effective, safe, and cost-effective treatment for numerous types of acute and chronic pain. Acupuncture should be recommended as a first line treatment for pain before opiates are prescribed, and may reduce opioid use.

As the representative of Dr Xuguang Yang, the vice president of FAA, Dr Yiwen Xiang gave a speech to address that Effectiveness/Efficacy of acupuncture for different types of pain. She said as follow as:

“There is growing research evidence to support the effectiveness and efficacy of acupuncture for the relief of numerous types of pain, especially chronic pain, as well as the use of acupuncture for a diverse array of conditions. Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for treating various types of pain, with the strongest evidence emerging for back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, chronic headache, and osteoarthritis. In an individual patient meta-analysis of 17,922 people from 29 randomized controlled trials (RCTs), it was concluded that true acupuncture was significantly superior to no acupuncture and sham acupuncture controls.

A systematic review and meta-analysis on acupuncture for the treatment of sciatica concluded that acupuncture was superior to standard pharmaceutical care (such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, and prednisone) in reducing pain intensit and pain threshold.

A prospective, randomized trial of acupuncture vs. morphine to treat emergency department/emergency room patients with acute onset, moderate to severe pain was conducted. Acupuncture provided more effective and faster analgesia than morphine, and was better tolerated.

The above mentioned meta-analysis included 29 trials and 17,922 patients with chronic pain conditions; data on longer term follow-up (available for 20 trials, including 6376 patients) suggests that approximately 90% of the benefit of acupuncture relative to controls would be sustained at 12 months after the course of treatment. Patients can generally be reassured that treatment effects persist at least 12 months.”


—– Acupuncture’s Role in Solving the Opioid Epidemic: Evidence, Cost-Effectiveness, and Care Availability for Acupuncture as a  Primary, Non-Pharmacologic Method  for Pain Relief and Management, White Paper 2017,

The American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA)

The American Alliance for Professional Acupuncture Safety (AAPAS)

The Acupuncture Now Foundation (ANF)

The American TCM Association (ATCMA)

The American TCM Society (ATCMS) National Federation of TCM Organizations (NFTCMO).