New research concludes that acupuncture is an effective and safe form of pain management for patients with hemophilia. Hemophilia is an X chromosome genetic disorder wherein the body has an impaired ability to stop bleeding. Hemophilia is more common in males because females have two X chromosomes and are therefore less likely to have the defect on both X chromosomes. Although clotting is impaired with hemophilia, acupuncture was shown to be safe in this study. The study reports that “no reported increased bleeding risk as a result of acupuncture use” was found. A total of 14 acupuncture treatments were applied to the subjects of the study and over 75 percent of the subjects had a significant decrease in pain levels. The researchers note, “This study suggests that acupuncture therapy can be a safe additional modality for pain management therapies in persons with haemophilia, although larger randomized studies are needed for further validation.”
Haemophilia, The Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia and the European Association for Haemophilia and Allied Disorders. LAMBING, A.; KOHN-CONVERSE, B.; HANAGAVADI, S.; VARMA, V. Use of acupuncture in the management of chronic haemophilia pain. Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 1365-2516.