Acupuncture has been shown to reduce many kinds of pain, whether in the joints, lower back, or elsewhere. It has also been shown to reduce pain experienced after surgery. Pain, especially chronic pain, can be very difficult to manage and can greatly reduce the sufferer’s quality of life. If you suffer from pain, you may want to consider acupuncture as an alternative or complementary treatment.You may find that acupuncture reduces your pain more than the painkillers you are taking without as many side effects. Or you may want to try acupuncture in combination with the treatment your doctor is giving you.
A massive study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine last year, which included 29 other studies and around 18,000 participants, showed that acupuncture reduced pain by 50%.
And one study, published in Nature Neuroscience, found that acupuncture helps relieve pain by helping the body release adenosine, a potent anti-inflammatory compound.
If you’ve had little success with other types of pain treatment, you owe it to yourself to give acupuncture a try.