Acupuncture employs the use of fine needles along defined meridians in the body. Acupuncture can be very effective in reducing or eliminating pain, but is also instrumental in treating internal medicine issues as well.
A common misconception about Acupuncture is that there are specific Acupuncture points that cure specific diseases.
In fact, the treatments and needling points are custom tailored for the individual.It is more accurate to say that there are specific Acupuncture points which cure specific imbalances. Two patients with the same illness or symptom may have totally different imbalances and therefore totally different Acupuncture treatments.
What the Science Says About the Effectiveness of Acupuncture
Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease types of pain that are often chronic such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches. Therefore, acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider. However, clinical practice guidelines are inconsistent in recommendations about acupuncture.
The effects of acupuncture on the brain and body and how best to measure them are only beginning to be understood. Current evidence suggests that many factors—like expectation and belief—that are unrelated to acupuncture needling may play important roles in the beneficial effects of acupuncture on pain.