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Acupuncture proposed in new clinical guidelines from CDC to treat pain
On Nov 4, the CDC updated its Clinical Practice Guidelines for
Prescribing Opioids for Pain
Acupuncture is proposed as one of the Noninvasive, NonPharmacologic
Approaches to treat acute, subacute and chronic pain in Recommendations
1 and 2. The CDC is also recommending that “for patients agreeing to
taper to lower opioid dosages and for those remaining on higher opioid
dosages, clinicians should establish goals with the patient for
continued opioid therapy (see Recommendations 2 and 7) and maximize pain
treatment with nonpharmacologic and nonopioid pharmacologic treatments
as appropriate (see Recommendation 2).”
Other noninvasive, nonpharmacologic approaches are
listed, but it is notable that acupuncture is mentioned 40 times in the
updated guidelines. No other therapy comes close to being mentioned this
many times – spinal manipulation, cognitive behavioral therapy, physical
therapy, massage. The last time the CDC updated these guidelines
in 2016, there was no mention of acupuncture or any of these other
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