Acupuncture is a complementary therapy that is being increasingly used in the day-to-day management of pain, especially as western doctors are not eager to find a drug-free approach to pain treatment in light of the dangers of opioids. In 1996, the FDA gave acupuncture its first U.S. seal of approval, when it classified acupuncture needles as medical devices. In the 20 years since, study after study indicates that acupuncture does indeed work.
Many people experience day-to-day pains and chronic pain issues, and whether it’s from being on a computer all day, inflammation-related or injury—acupuncture serves to effectively treat pain. Acupuncture also helps with menstrual cramps, headaches, and more.
Acupuncture for pain management works by activating the body’s own self-healing mechanism—and that’s the main goal of acupuncture: self-healing. Modern Western physicians are now promoting acupuncture as an important part of a comprehensive approach to support all health and healing issues.
Acupuncture originated in China over 3000 years ago and is practiced worldwide.