For millions of people who live with pain acupuncture is no longer an exotic curiosity its now widely accepted among the medical community and its pretty popular with patients as well a . The role of acupuncture in treating chronic pain acupuncture may sound like an exotic maybe even improbable treatment for chronic pain but this age old practice is now viewed as an acceptable supplementary treatment for certain low back pain neck pain and osteoarthritis conditions. Whether acupuncture can reduce pain and discomfort that may accompany chemotherapy objectively determining if actual acupuncture is more effective than simulated acupuncture or usual care for pain relief and if so by how much more to consider dont use acupuncture to postpone seeing a health care provider about a health problem. Standard treatments like ice and heat anti inflammatory medications physical therapy and appropriate exercises can often ease the pain but when they dont acupuncture is an option with a good track record thats worth considering over the years there has been substantial debate about whether acupuncture really works for chronic pain. Acupuncture is a complementary therapy that is being increasingly used in the day to day management of pain it originated in china over 3000 yr ago and is practised worldwide this article offers a summary of the models of its suggested mechanism of action the evidence base for its effectiveness and the clinical applications for which
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