Acupuncture May Offer Real Relief for Chronic Pain

Acupuncture May Offer Real Relief for Chronic Pain

Some people swear that regular sessions of acupuncture help relieve their back pain and headaches. And now there’s evidence they may be right.

In a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers led by Andrew Vickers, an epidemiologist and biostatistician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, report that acupuncture is effective in reducing people’s chronic pain

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a system of healing which began when the ancient Chinese found that stimulating certain areas of the skin affected the functioning of specific organs of the body. The system evolved over the centuries as practitioners gained a better understanding of the connection between the skin and the organs and they refined their methods of stimulation.
In the West, acupuncture has been publicized as being helpful only for specific conditions; for example, pain or weight loss. In reality, acupuncture is based on stimulating the body’s own healing response and, therefore, it may be effective for a broad spectrum of conditions.
Who comes in for Acupuncture?

Many people come to acupuncture to alleviate a specific symptom or condition, for example:

Anxiety
Asthma
Circulatory problems
Menstrual problems
High blood pressure
Skin Conditions
Arthritis
Back pain
Depression
Migraine
Rheumatism
Sciatica

The effect of good acupuncture, however, is more than simply curing the symptom. Acupuncture directed at restoring the overall energy balance not only deals with the condition, but helps the patient feel better by promoting increased vitality, greater enjoyment of life, greater confidence, better sleep and normalized appetite.
By preventing deterioration in the balance of energy, which usually precedes the appearance of symptoms, acupuncture is also a preventative treatment, which is aimed at maintaining health on all levels.