Did you know more than 3 million people in the U.S. resort to acupuncture for pain relief? This ancient Chinese medicinal technique is even more popular in France. Can you believe one in five people tried it to obtain relief from chronic pain?

So what is acupuncture?

This age-old healing technique uses thin needles that are strategically placed at specific points in the body. Ancient Chinese doctors believe this practice can boost the flow of Chi (life force) throughout the body. On the other hand, modern medical practitioners discovered this traditional practice helps release endorphins, boost blood flow and improve brain activity.

A lot of people express concern about the practice, saying acupuncture hurts. On the contrary, most people who have tried it feel little to no pain as the needles used are so thin. After the treatment, patients feel revitalized, experiencing a boost of energy.

When standard treatments for recurring low back pain dont work, acupuncture can help. This traditional medicinal practice also works to relieve chronic headaches or migraine.

A small study conducted by Mayo Clinic revealed that acupuncture can help bring relief from the usual symptoms of fibromyalgia, which include pain, anxiety and fatigue.

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases reported that acupuncture is a wonderful complement to conventional treatments for osteoarthritis. The study showed that this ancient technique eased knee pain caused by arthritis. Researchers in Taiwan discovered that acupuncture treatments gave relief to patients suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome.

A review by the U.S. National Institutes of Health revealed that acupuncture provides relief from a wide range of pain conditions, including dental pain, muscle pain, neck pain and menstrual cramps.

Acupuncture is a wonderful alternative to conventional treatments, including pain medication. It reduces the need for these modern techniques while improving the quality of life for patients struggling with chronic pain.

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