We are beginning to see study results that prove the effectiveness of acupuncture for pain. Even though acupuncture has been helping people with their pain for thousands of years all over the world, it has taken science a while to catch up and acknowledge the benefits.
My first experience with acupuncture was for back pain. Everyone who has had that awful feeling of pulling a back muscle knows how agonizing it can be. You can end up flat on your back in bed for weeks, and that was the experience I had the first couple of times I put my back out.
With the acupuncture, I was back on my feet and back to work in just a couple of days instead of a couple of weeks. Plus, I didn’t have to take all of those heavy drugs that knocked me out. I was hooked. Or poked I guess! Here I am several years down the road as an acupuncturist myself. I am still fascinated every day when I see what this gentle healing tool can do for people.
Below is an article from the New York Times about how several scientific studies were analyzed over 6 years to scrutinize how effective acupuncture is for pain.
“A new study of acupuncture — the most rigorous and detailed analysis of the treatment to date — found that it can ease migraines and arthritis and other forms of chronic pain.
The findings provide strong scientific support for an age-old therapy used by an estimated three million Americans each year. Though acupuncture has been studied for decades, the body of medical research on it has been mixed and mired to some extent by small and poor-quality studies. Financed by the National Institutes of Health and carried out over about half a decade, the new research was a detailed analysis of earlier research that involved data on nearly 18,000 patients.” Keep reading here….