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Acupuncture Treatment for 23 Types of Pain, 2018 (ATP-2018)

Hui Zhang

Akupunkturakademiet, Aarhus, Denmark

Correspondence should be addressed to Hui Zhang, hui@zhang.ac

Copyright © Hui Zhang. This is an open access article distributed under the guidelines of Gold Open Access. Annals of Chinese Medicine apply the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).


The review is aimed to retrospectively evaluate the use of acupuncture to treat pain from the publications in 2018. All publications on this subject were screened from the MEDLINE database of Pubmed, and only clinical reports including randomized control trails and case reports were involved. In 2018, there were 35 publications from 14 academic journals which reported clinical research/trails on the treatment of pain by acupuncture alone or in combination wither other modalities, e.g. moxibustion, electricity, and tuina. Among the 23 types of pain, pain resulting from knee osteoarthritis (5/23) was mostly concerned. Other categories covered dysmenorrhea (3/23), lower back pain (3/23), neck pain (2/23), fibromyalgia (2/23), chemotherapy neuropathy (2/23) and so on (Table 1). Interestingly, knee osteoarthritis patients accounted for 21.16% of the 2760 participants. The main findings, acupoints and procedures were presented in this review as the Chinese Medicine Publication Index (CMPI) for pain treatment with acupuncture. According to the CMPI, a conclusion that acupuncture could be beneficial to treat 23 types of pain can be made.


Acupuncture, Pain, Knee Osteoarthritis, Primary Dysmenorrhea, Neuropathy