Acupuncture & Pain Relief

Acupuncture functions by reducing pain through the stimulation of specific points, known as acu-points, near nerves. When these points are activated, they send messages to the central nervous system (comprising the brain and spinal cord), prompting the release of endorphins—natural chemicals akin to morphine, produced by our bodies during instances of pain or stress. These endorphins, in conjunction with other neurotransmitters that modulate nerve impulses, intercept the transmission of pain signals to the brain.

A study conducted in Germany and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine involved 1,162 adults experiencing chronic lower back pain. Participants were divided into groups receiving either standard pharmaceutical treatment and exercise therapy typical in Western medicine, or acupuncture. The findings revealed that acupuncture provided relief and long-term benefits to nearly twice as many lower back pain patients compared to those treated with conventional methods. Forty-eight percent of the acupuncture patients reported at least a one-third reduction in pain alongside improved functionality, while only 27 percent of patients treated with standard methods reported similar benefits.

Another recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, led by researchers from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, analyzed 33 studies encompassing over 2,100 patients globally, focusing on the effects of acupuncture for low back pain.

The collective evidence from these studies suggests that acupuncture is a definitive source of pain relief.

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