If you suffer from chronic pain, such as back pain or migraines, you have probably tried many different medications for relief.
Now relief for chronic pain can be found through needles—Chinese acupuncture needles, to be specific.
Recent studies showed that acupuncture treatment was better at relieving chronic pain than painkillers. However, researchers haven’t figured out exactly why acupuncture works so well.
In addition to using needles inserted at the traditional points or meridians, needles that were purposely placed at the wrong points seemed to help as well. If you suffer from chronic pain, however, you are probably less interested in how acupuncture works than the fact that it does.
If you are interested in receiving acupuncture, a search of your local telephone directory or a quick web search will likely turn up several practitioners.
Look for someone who is a member of a nationally recognized association, such as the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. In some countries, people who perform acupuncture are required to be medical doctors.
An acupuncture treatment generally involves between 3 and 15 very fine disposable needles, which are inserted into the skin at various locations. The sensation is sometimes slightly uncomfortable, but generally not painful. Typically there is no bleeding either upon insertion or removal of the needles.
If you are suffering from chronic pain and painkillers aren’t working, or you would like to try an alternative to medication, give acupuncture a try.