Acupuncture: first treatment for pain

Written by: Dr. Juan Muñoz Ortego
Published: | Updated: 17/11/2018
Edited by: Noelia Pino García

The term acupuncture comes from the Latin "acus" needle "punctura" puncture. The growing interest in understanding and applying the Acupuncture in the West, has led to the creation of research groups internationally with the aim of elucidating the mechanisms of action. That is why the call Acupuncture Contemporary takes a step up from the classic Chinese acupuncture, because it uses the anatomical and pathophysiological knowledge available today under the umbrella of evidence-based medicine.


The list of diseases that can be treated with acupuncture is very broad because it has four pillars of action:

  • Analgesic
  • Antiinflamatorio
  • antidepressant
  • anxiolytic


Acupuncture treatment in rheumatology

In the specialty of Rheumatology, the effectiveness of acupuncture is based on growing scientific evidence showing recent publications. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in rheumatology and musculoskeletal system, the most common applications are related to treat any type of musculoskeletal pain, both acute and chronic, for its important effect of neuromodulation device.


Acupuncture techniques

The main specialized techniques of acupuncture are as follows:

  • Body Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific points chamfered body for a specific purpose. It is the technique queen par excellence.
  • Auriculoterapia: it involves inserting needles or seeds titanium semi - permanent place in specific areas outside the pinna.. It is an extremely useful for controlling processes in which people try to remove a toxic habit, such as smoking, or seek to reduce states of anxiety and depression as those associated with overweight or fibromyalgia technique.
  • Electroacupuncture: is the application of low intensity modulated current. Has a variable rate, thanks to tiny electrodes, which amplifies the classic effect of body acupuncture. It is a very useful technique to treat chronic pain: arthritis, back pain, tendinitis or neck pain, among others.

Several very prestigious scientific societies have published in their clinical practice guidelines recommendations for acupuncture as a therapeutic procedure. Some of these companies are the American College of Physicians, the American Pain Society and the British NICE Guidelines "NHS", considered the most restrictive concepts of efficiency.

Importantly Acupuncture is a medical procedure and as such must always be performed by a qualified professional and accredited to ensure proper praxis. Experts say that acupuncture should be the first choice in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain.


Edited by Noelia García Pino

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Juan Muñoz Ortego

Dr. Juan Muñoz Ortego is an expert in the treatment of stress , fatigue and pain with Acupuncture , as well as a specialist in Rheumatology . He holds an Extraordinary Doctoral Award in Internal Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a Master's Degree in Acupuncture from the University of Barcelona. In his aspect of care he is the Medical Director of the instituteMYM oriented to the multidisciplinary care of stress, fatigue and pain. He also holds the position of Clinical Coordinator of the Inflammatory & Systemic Autoimmune Diseases Multidisciplinary Unit ( ISADMU ) at the Teknon Medical Center , aimed at the diagnosis and treatment of systemic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.

His teaching activity is focused on medical Acupuncture: he is Director of the Official Postgraduate Course in Acupuncture and Auricular Neuromodulation in the treatment of pain accredited by the Scientific Society of Acupuncture of the Academic of Medical Sciences of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands (SCACB) as well as professor associate of the University of Barcelona in his Master of Acupuncture.

As a researcher, he directs the Evidence-based Acupuncture Research Group of the SCACB and participates actively in the Research Groups of the SER. Currently holds the positions of Deputy Secretary of the Spanish Society of Rheumatology and Vice President of the Scientific Society of Acupuncture . Recently he has just presented his book entitled "Acupuncture and Rheumatology" at the Official College of Physicians of Barcelona, ​​a pioneering work in our country, where he reflects his integrative vision of medicine.

For Dr. Juan Muñoz Ortego, Acupuncture is a medical procedure of first line in the approach of stress, fatigue and pain. His integrative vision of medicine allows him to develop a medical practice oriented to the needs of each patient, achieving the efficiency and personalized healthcare excellence .

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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