Acupuncture has been shown as an effective treatment for both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Research has demonstrated that acupuncture can stimulate natural steroid and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory productions from our own body to reduce inflammation in the joints. There is also evidence that acupuncture can regulate the immune system, which can aid in the management of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
Acupuncture has been used for pain management in Asian countries for thousands of years. In 2003, the World Health Organization published a report based on 255 controlled clinical trials where it was concluded that acupuncture is an effective treatment for pain management. In an analysis of studies in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers concluded that acupuncture has a definite effect in reducing pain with an average of a 50% reduction compared to a 28% reduction for standard pain management treatment without acupuncture. On February 13, 2017, the American College of Physicians released new evidence-based clinical practice guidelines recommending acupuncture as first-line therapy for back pain.
Any form of pain, from sports injuries, musculoskeletal pain, tension headache, migraines to menstrual cramps, can improve with acupuncture.
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