Articles and Publications
Acupuncture for Chronic Pain
A large meta-analysis (review study) shows that acupuncture is indeed useful in the treatment of chronic back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headache, and shoulder pain.
Vickers A, et al "Acupuncture for chronic pain: individual patient data meta-analysis" Arch Intern Med 2012; DOI: 10.1001/archinternmed.2012.3654.
Acupuncture for Depression
Study finds that acupuncture or counseling are both more effective for depression than standard medical treatment alone, and equally so.
Acupuncture as Good as Counseling for Depression: Study
MacPherson H, Richmond S, Bland M, Brealey S, Gabe R, et al. (2013) Acupuncture and Counselling for Depression in Primary Care: A Randomised Controlled Trial. PLoS Med 10(9): e1001518. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001518
Read the summary here: Acupuncture Today
Acupuncture used by the Military and Veterans
A brief story about a form of acupuncture called "Battlefield Acupuncture" being used by a veteran for back pain so he didn't have to take medication every day. http://www.rc-east.com/news/by-province/paktya/item/1203-battlefield-acupuncture
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
An article about veterans using acupuncture to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.
Koffman R, Helms J. Acupuncture and PTSD: ‘Come for the Needles, Stay for the Therapy’. Psychiatr Ann. 2013; 43: 236-239. doi: 10.3928/00485713-20130503-09
Acupuncture after Tonsillectomy
Early evidence that acupuncture provides pain relief in both children and adults. This study comes after codeine elixir, which was typically used, was recently banned by the FDA due to a recently recognized risk of death.
Ochi, James W. Acupuncture Instead of Codeine for Tonsillectomy Pain in Children. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology - December 2013 (Vol. 77, Issue 12, Pages 2058-2062, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2013.10.008)