One of my big concerns is the increased use of pain killers, in particular those opioid derivates that are causing a epidemic problem in the United States of America, as mentioned in several publications and now more widely covered in the news.
Acupuncture is a well known technique used in the US for some decades now and in use in China for thousands of years. Pain management is the most studied indication linked to acupuncture in the western world. If you are in pain, I would like to suggest you to opt for a more natural, non pharmacological approach to avoid risks of pain medicine side effects as mentioned at the Harvard Health Publications on Pain relief with natural methods
One frequently observed “side effect” of acupuncture is a feeling of relaxation and well being, so why not to give acupuncture a try?
The practice of acupuncture requires board certification and is a licensed profession in most states in the US and the training involves around four years in graduate school involving over 600 hours of clinical practice, so I suggest you to find a licensed acupuncturist in your area who will guide in this individualized approach that looks for the root of the problem rather than just minimizing the symptoms. A good resource to find a certified practitioner is the NCCAOM website. If you live in the Chicago area, Schedule an appointment with us!
Disclaimer: This article contains general information about health topics but does not constitute medical advice. If you have any questions related with your condition you should contact your doctor or healthcare provider. If you think you may be suffering form any medical condition, you should seek immediate medical attention.