Needle-free acupuncture benefits both patients and clinicians

Kyungeh An, Yong Suk Kim, Hee Young Kim, Hyejung Lee, Dae Hyun Hahm, Kyoung Sup Lee, Sung Kil Kang

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Objective: This study examined whether a needle-free acupuncture can be an alternative to conventional needle injection acupuncture. Methods: Patients (n5101) suffering myofascial shoulder pain were randomly assigned to either needle-free or conventional needle injection acupuncture group. Bee venom was administered into GB21 (Gyeonjeong) acupuncture point for both groups. Results: Shoulder pain was significantly reduced by the treatment in both groups. Patients treated by needle-free acupuncture reported less anxiety, less discomfort and fewer adverse events. Clinicians reported that needle-free acupuncture was safe but not convenient due to the complexity of the device. Discussion: With appropriate adjustments of the current device, needle-free acupuncture can become an alternative to the conventional needle injection method. [Neurol Res 2010; 32: 22-26]

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S22-S26
JournalNeurological Research
Issue numberSUPPL.1
StatePublished - Feb 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Acupuncture
  • Bee venom
  • Needle-free acupuncture
  • Safety
  • Shoulder pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology


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