Does acupuncture work for pain management?

I'm looking at alternatives to narcotics for pain relief. I'm asking about each alternative therapy for pain, to learn more about the options. What about acupuncture for pain management? Does it work?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical practice meant to correct imbalances in the flow of qi in the body. Small, solid needles are are inserted in the skin at specific points called acupuncture points and are manipulated to relieve pain and other ailments.

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Drug Addiction

Many people search for alternatives to pain relief for fear of becoming addicted to prescription medication.


Prescription Drugs

Prescription painkillers can be addictive and may cause liver damage and other health complications.



Painkillers is a colloquialism for prescription pain relievers.

Yes, 1 acupuncture needle is equivalent to one 20mg Oxycontin. Just kidding.

Acupuncture is one of the alternative methods of pain management. Pain management is one of the few applications of acupuncture that has been clinically proven. Since acupuncture is a relatively safe procedure, the only "harm" that may come from trying acupuncture for pain management is the cost (about $60 per session in most markets) and the cost of not doing other things that may have worked better.

As for comparing acupuncture to prescription pain medications (like Oxycontin), there are other aspects to consider. Withdrawal from regular use of opioids (like oxy, and hydrocodone, roxycodone, or even Percocet) may involve a whole body response. Acupuncture is similarly part of a whole-body health management style, when applied by a physician or alternative practitioner certified to act as a primary care provider (laws vary by state and discipline of study).

If you are considering going off of a prescription medication, consult your physician. If your physician doesn't help you stop and you want to stop, consult a professional drug detox center, where there is a physician on staff. If you are interested in acupuncture, discuss that as an option.


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