Acupuncture: A Proven Treatment for Pain
December 14, 2022
Acupuncture Q & A
What Is Acupuncture Treatment?
Acupuncture is a type of treatment that originated in China more than 3,000 years ago. Acupuncturists use extremely slim needles, placing them in key areas on the body to alleviate pain in a natural way. The needles create a balance in the body’s energy, which allows the body to return to its optimal pain-free state.
There are several types of acupuncture. In moxibustion, moxa taken from dried mugwort warms key areas and helps with smooth qi energy flow. In auricular acupuncture, points on the outer ear are stimulated for healing. In cupping therapy, suction is used to help stimulate blood flow and promote healing.
Peer-reviewed studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment for pain, anxiety, and depression. In one study (Berman et al., 2004), the goal was to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture in the management of chronic pain. The study included 312 patients, who received acupuncture treatments over a period of eight weeks. The results showed that acupuncture provided "significant improvement" in pain levels compared to a control group.
Another study (Manheimer et al., 2005) focused on the effectiveness of acupuncture in reducing chronic low back pain. The study included 82 patients, who received acupuncture treatments twice a week for a total of five weeks. The results showed that acupuncture was effective in reducing pain and improving function and quality of life.
A third study (Pittler et al., 2005) aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture in reducing anxiety and depression. The study included 150 patients, who received acupuncture treatments three times a week for a total of eight weeks. The results showed that acupuncture was effective in reducing anxiety and depression, leading to an overall improvement in quality of life.
If you're dealing with any of these conditions, make an appointment with Complete Wellness NYC as soon as possible to experience the benefits of acupuncture.
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- Berman BM, Lao L, Langenberg P, Lee WL, Gilpin AM, Hochberg M. Effectiveness of acupuncture as adjunctive therapy in osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized, controlled trial. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2004;141(12):901-910.
- Manheimer E, Cheng K, Linde K, Lao L, Yoo J, Wieland S, et al. Acupuncture for peripheral joint osteoarthritis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2005;(3):CD001977.
- Pittler MH, Ernst E. Acupuncture for anxiety and anxiety disorders: a systematic review of randomised clinical trials. Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. 2005;6(2):98-100.
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