It is estimated that 8 out of 10 Americans are affected by chronic pain. Chronic pain symptoms may include fatigue, sleeplessness, discomfort, soreness, tightness and stiffness. Chronic pain patients use the terms shooting pain, burning pain, aching pain or electrical shocks. We have 22 years helping thousands of chronic pain patients to reduce and control pain, improve energy and function, improve sleep and reduce discomfort. With acupuncture, there is cupping, electrical stimulation, joint mobility and isometric stretching. As needed, there are top quality herbal formulas and nutritional supplements.
More and more mainstream studies are documenting how effective and healing acupuncture is.
“Not all pain needs to be treated with prescription medication. That’s why a recent advisory recommends opioid-free, non-addictive alternatives, like acupuncture, as a first step in relieving pain.”
Healthline; April 30, 2019
“While the scientific evidence of acupuncture’s benefits is still widely debated, research from key Western studies suggests it can be used to manage certain pain conditions—especially back and neck pain, osteoarthritis pain and headaches. The needle stimulates a nerve, which sends a signal to the brain to release beta-endorphins. The chemicals work as the body’s own opioids, lowering pain thresholds. Another theory proposes acupuncture changes cells in connective tissue around the pressure points in lasting ways that lead to less pain. There is also evidence, according to a 2016 study, that stimulating the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain stem to the colon, may lower inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation is most often the cause of chronic pain.”
Evidence-Based Acupuncture.org :
“Drugs are often prescribed to deal with a patient’s pain as a first line treatment. Yet only 23% of patients with chronic pain found opiates effective, according to a 2006 survey by the American Pain Foundation and a recent review found opioids at guideline recommended doses were not effective for low back pain. The first randomized study to ever evaluate the long-term effectiveness of opioid for pain relief found that those taking opioids were actually in more pain at 12 months compared to those who were on non-opioid pain relief. Opiate abuse and depression have become common in the pain equation and in the United States, and prescription opiates result in more deaths due to overdose than heroin. An estimated two million individuals in the United States are addicted to prescription opioids, resulting in an economic cost of $78.5 billion USD annually.”
“Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), the most commonly used medications in the world, are another commonly prescribed first-line treatment for pain. However, a recent study of over 440,000 patients found that using any NSAID, including over the counter drugs like ibuprofen, for even a short period of time was associated with an increased risk of acute heart attack, even in healthy people.”
The research is plentiful on the effects of acupuncture on specific painful conditions. For acute pain, a systemic review of 13 trials found that acupuncture was more effective than both sham needling and injection with painkillers. “
“For chronic pain, in the largest study of its kind to date, 454,920 patients were treated with acupuncture for headache, low back pain, and/or osteoarthritis in an open pragmatic trial. Effectiveness was rated as marked or moderate in 76% of cases. In a 2 year study retroactive survey of over 89,000 patients published in 2016, 93% of patients said their acupuncturist had been successful in treating their musculoskeletal pain.”
AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians)
Journal of Pain/ May 21, 2018
A meta-analysis published in the “Journal of Pain” concluded that acupuncture is effective for a number of chronic pain conditions. Results indicated that the effects of acupuncture were persistent over time, and that the benefits could not be explained away by the placebo effect.”
“According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), a number of studies suggest that acupuncture works particularly well on chronic pain such as back and neck pain, osteoarthritis/knee pain, and headache. It often reduces the incidence and severity of tension headaches and may prevent migraines. ‘Therefore (the NIH concludes) acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider. A review article that appeared in Practical Pain Management found that pain relief with acupuncture comes from inactivating the source of pain by modulating endorphin levels. These authors also reported on the benefits of acupuncture for temoromadibular joint disorder (TMD)”.