YES, Acupuncture can help relieve pain! No one should have to live with pain, and medication may dull the pain temporarily but it will not get at the root of the problem to correct it. A 2012 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine concluded that,“Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain” 1 Pain medication is like hitting the snooze button on an alarm. Unless the cause of the pain is treated, your body will keep sounding the alarm and reminding you that something is wrong. It is also true that medication may cause unwanted side effects and further compromise your health. Acupuncture is a time-tested (4,000 years) safe, effective, natural and drug-free way to eliminate pain. Unlike other methods of handling pain there are no side effects. Not only can acupuncture treat signs and symptoms of pain and discomfort, it can also get to the root of the problem. When the initial cause of the pain is corrected, your body can begin to heal on deeper levels. Your acupuncturist may also suggest adjunct therapies to enhance treatment and speed healing, such as massage, stretching, and herbal supplements.

1 October 22, 2012, Vol 172, No. 19 Archives of Internal Medicine