integer Cancer Theo 2007; 6: 251-7. Acupuncture is not more effective than other conventional and ‘alternative’ treatments. In 1997, the U.S. Acupuncture is now covered by many insurance policies and is used most broadly to relieve pain. Persistent chronic pain is a widespread problem that affects around 8 million people of all ages in the UK Chronic Pain Policy 2010. Alice Park is a staff writer at TIME and covers health, medicine, nutrition and fitness. This theory may well account for the long-term analgesic effects seen frequently in clinical practice. 5 The National Institute of Health NIH in the USA has convened a consensus panel to review the available literature concerning acupuncture. 6 The quality of many studies has been poor; enthusiastic practitioners, rather than trained researchers, have performed most studies. It is postulated that, in chronic-pain patients, the mesolimbic loop is in a state of imbalance. Some theorize that the pressure may promote the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body, called endorphins. You can get a referral from your doctor. It's likely that these naturally released substances are responsible for the beneficial effects experienced with acupuncture.
Fine.eedles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes. Some research suggests acupuncture may help with pain from menstrual cramps . In fact, that is how anti-inflammatory painkillers work, they positively influence prostaglandins. A systematic review of pooled data from meta-analyses. In a 2014 review article in Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, researchers analysed the results of nine studies on acupuncture for fibromyalgia.