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Acupuncture used in Emergency Rooms


Here at Coastal Natural Therapies Gold Coast our qualified acupuncturists use a style of traditional medicine based on more than 2,500 years of Chinese medical practice.

In the birthplace of acupuncture Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is more than a “complementary” treatment. For many Chinese it is recognised as primary care, patients seek TCM first and then, if necessary, they will follow up with Western treatment if needed. Finally, we are starting to see the emergence of its use in Australian hospitals.

In a recent eight month study acupuncture was used in a Melbourne hospital on patients presenting with pain and/or nausea. The group consisted of 400 participants, 200 of which received acupuncture and usual medical care whilst the other 200 received usual medical care only (1).

4860c34a f316 44e1 93a4 cd0d40dd3af8Musculoskeletal conditions were the most common conditions treated,
followed by abdominal pain. More than half of the participants in the group (52.5%) responded ‘definitely yes’ for their willingness to repeat acupuncture, and a further 31.8% responded ‘probably yes’. 57% of participants reported a satisfaction score of 10 for acupuncture treatment and side effects were rare and mild (2%).

Results of the study conclude that Acupuncture in the Emergency Department (ED) appears safe and acceptable for patients with pain and/or nausea. Results suggest combined care may provide effective pain and nausea relief in ED patients.

This study shows promising results for the future of integrating the best of both worlds, Eastern medicine meeting Western. Acupuncture is proving it can play a vital part in our healthcare system.

If you are wanting to find out how we can help you, an initial consultation will determine your own personal treatment plan and set you on a path back to health, please give us a call on 5531 6461 or email us on


    1. Feeney, C., Bruns, E., LeCompte, G., Forati, A., Chen, T., & Matecki, A. (2017). Acupuncture for Pain and Nausea in the Intensive Care Unit: A Feasibility Study in a Public Safety Net Hospital. The Journal Of Alternative And Complementary Medicine, 23(12), 996-1004. doi: 10.1089/acm.2016.0323

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