Acupuncture and Chronic Pain
In this article, I talk about the effectiveness of acupuncture and chronic pain. Anyone with chronic pain can testify that it can completely undermine the quality of your life.
Over the years, I’ve heard so many sceptics dismiss the idea that acupuncture can be an effective or viable form of medicine. Many argue that there is insufficient scientific evidence to prove the case. Even further, others suggest that it is some kind of woohoo, mumbo jumbo.
ACUPUNCTURE AND CHRONIC PAIN
Today, however, there are many credible clinical trials that have consistently demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating a wide range of disorders and symptoms. The World Health Organization (WHO) compiled a list of 34 symptoms and conditions proven to be treated effectively by acupuncture. Some of these symptoms and conditions include headache, back pain, neck pain, TMJ (jaw pain) and dental pain, osteoarthritis, sciatica and knee pain.
In addition, recent studies have even proven that acupuncture is as effective as many pain-management medications such as opiates, in treating chronic pain. Furthermore, there is now recognition that there are no serious side effects or risk of substance abuse as is the case with opiates.
We believe acupuncture is a very effective form of medicine that can ease chronic pain without other adverse effects. It is based on a solid foundation, a practice that is traced back to over 2000 years.
Private health rebates are available on all acupuncture consultations.
Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis. JAMA Internal Medicine, October 2012.
The safety of acupuncture during pregnancy: a systematic review. Acupuncture in Medicine, June 2014.
Written by Rosa Ghidella