A Study Comparing Different Acupuncture Approaches to Relieve Chronic Pain


Full Title

Personalized Electro-acupuncture vs. Auricular-acupuncture Comparative Effectiveness


This study is comparing two forms of acupuncture with usual care for people with chronic pain after cancer treatment. One approach involves the delivery of a small electric current through the acupuncture needles (“electro-acupuncture”). The second approach involves the insertion of the acupuncture needles at specific points on a patient’s ear (“auricular” acupuncture). Usual care consists of pain medications and other treatments, such as physical therapy.

In this study, patients will be placed in one of three groups:

  1. Group1 will receive electro-acupuncture
  2. Group 2 will receive auricular acupuncture
  3. Group 3 will receive usual care for the first 12 weeks, and then have an opportunity to choose one of the two types of acupuncture

Researchers will compare the three groups with respect to their pain control and their physical function, fatigue, sleep, mood, and other measures.


Participants must have completed cancer treatment at least one month before entering the study, and must have moderate to severe musculoskeletal or widespread pain that has lasted for three or more months. They must be English-speaking adults (age 18 or older) and may not have metastatic cancer.

For more information about this study and to inquire about eligibility, please contact Dr. Jun Mao at 646-888-0866.