The research on acupuncture is growing, but interpreting it is still a challenge. The AAA OM describes oriental medicine and acupuncture as a system that can treat, diagnose, and prevent acute and chronic medical conditions. 1 Oriental medicine teaches that a vital life force or energy flows through the body. In that case all of them may need treatment but even here usually one takes precedence. In all, this analysis contains cupping more than twice as many studies as earlier reviews and includes reports in English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean as well as Germanic and Romance languages. For one, he and his colleagues began by looking at only the most rigorous trials involving acupuncture and pain relief – those that directly compared acupuncture treatment with some type of sham needle therapy in which needles were either inserted only superficially or placed in locations that are not known by acupuncture standards to be key treatment points in the body. One possible reason for the benefits of acupuncture: Studies show that it causes us to release those feel-good endorphins, which suppress pain. As for neck pain, a study of 181 people published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that getting regular chiropractic care about once per week for 12 weeks could lessen discomfort better than acetaminophen and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. cystematic review and meta-analysis looking at the most recent clinical studies of acupuncture in the treatment of BP. Dr. hake M, MÃ¼ller HF, Schade-Brittinger C, bailer CD, et al. The evidence comparing acupuncture to other therapies was also inconclusive. Cochran Database Syst Rev. 2009 21;1:CD001218. Other Alternative Pain Treatments Besides acupuncture, there are a number of treatment modalities that can help ease pain, such as: Emotional Freedom Technique EFT: Few people want to be told that their pain is psychological or emotional in origin, but there's quite a bit of evidence that backs this up. So we conclude that the effects aren't due merely to the placebo effect.”
Conversely, if the treatment fails to address the real reason, any improvement will be temporary. When examining someone with back pain, an acupuncturist thinks of the anatomy and physiology in Western Medicine, but also of the energy Qi moving along the acupuncture channels in the back. There are many forms of acupuncture. The current analysis includes these newer studies as well as earlier research not included in previous reviews.