Reducing Back Pain
Growing evidence suggests acupuncture can be beneficial for reducing lower back pain. A recent study, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, found that a seven-week course of acupuncture helped many patients ease the pain of chronic lower back pain. The study is published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Several recent studies show osteoarthritis symptoms can be relieved with acupuncture. One Scandinavian study reported that 25% of patients canceled their plans for knee surgery after acupuncture.
Acupuncture has been studied for a wide range of pain conditions, such as post-operative dental pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, headache, low-back pain, menstrual cramps, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis and tennis elbow.