Acupuncture is worth a try for chronic pain -from Harvard Medical Publications

Treatment by acupuncture. The doctor uses needles for treatment of the patient.

An international team of experts pooled the results of 29 studies involving nearly 18,000 participants, the research adds to the evidence that acupuncture does provide real relief from common forms of pain. The results were published in Archives of Internal Medicine.

“I think the benefit of acupuncture is clear, and the complications and potential adverse effects of acupuncture are low compared with medication,” says Dr. Lucy Chen, a board-certified anesthesiologist, specialist in pain medicine, and practicing acupuncturist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

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