Oriental Medicine Research

Acupuncture is a popular form of complementary medicine that is used today. When western medicine is not effective, many people turn to Oriental Medicine for a holistic and natural approach. Acupuncture is used for some common problems such as insomnia, depression, PMS, menopause, and back pain. In this section, we feature news and research on Oriental Medicine. We look at studies of its use and effectiveness in these areas.

Acupuncture Effectiveness for Lower Back Pain

People usually want acupuncture treatment because they are in pain. Common complaints are joint pain, neck pain, and headache. The most common complaint is for low back pain.[1] Many studies over the years looked at the benefits of acupuncture for low back pain. A team of researchers from University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Peninsula Medical School in England analyzed many studies. They focused on chronic pain, which is pain that lasts for more than three months. After looking at twenty-two studies, they found that acupuncture is clearly effective in relieving a lot of pain.[2]

[1] National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, “Acupuncture for Pain,” NCCAM Publication D435 (National Institutes of Health, May 2009, updated August 2010) http://nccam.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/acupuncture-for-pain.htm

2 “Study Analysis Shows Acupuncture Effective For Treating Chronic Low Back Pain,” (University of Maryland Medical Center, 18 April 2005, updated 15 June 2011) http://www.umm.edu/news/releases/back_pain.htm

This is an original work by Ki Ennes M.Ac., L.Ac.