Natural Pain Relief

Why Does Acupuncture Work for Natural Pain Relief?

Millions of people live with pain.  But they don’t have to with all the holistic health approaches available nowadays.  You can get natural pain relief by getting acupuncture.

According to, among the medical community and with patients, acupuncture is widely accepted for natural pain relief.  A recent survey reveals that almost 3.5 million Americans experienced acupuncture.

When you experience acupuncture, the practitioner applies needles, heat, pressure, and other treatments to certain places on your skin.  The FDA approved acupuncture needles under the heading of medical devices in 1996.

Why Does Acupuncture Work For Natural Pain Relief?

Acupuncture, an alternative or complimentary medicine technique, works by activating the body’s own self-healing mechanism.  Know how you naturally start to heal after you get a paper cut?  This same mechanism is triggered using acupuncture needles.  If you want natural pain relief, use a complimentary medicine method.

Because acupuncture has been proven to work, you can have hope for natural pain relief.  You do NOT have to rely on narcotics to relieve your pain.  This is good news since too many deaths occur due to narcotics addiction. In fact, the CDC now advises medical doctors to consider narcotics less often for pain relief.

2012 Study On Acupuncture Effectiveness

This study revealed that acupuncture effectively combated 4 chronic pain conditions better than the person having no acupuncture. Those 4 conditions are:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic headache
  • Shoulder pain

Does Acupuncture Work For Those Needing Palliative Care?

Are you a cancer patient or client caregiver?  Acupuncture can help relieve nausea and vomiting that occur from common chemotherapy, radiation or surgical cancer treatments. Recommend that your palliative care patient or client ask his or her doctor to prescribe acupuncture for natural pain relief.

How To Decide If Acupuncture Is Right For You

If you or your client or patient suffers from chronic pain, acupuncture can be an option for those qualified for it.  Ask your doctor for a referral if he or she deems acupuncture to be right for you.

In some states, a person can perform acupuncture by only attending a weekend course.  Make sure you hire a highly trained and practiced acupuncturist after your medical doctor confirms you qualify for it.

When looking for a licensed acupuncturist in your state, check out your acupuncturist’s credentials.  You can contact a professional acupuncture association first such as the National Certification Commission For Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (, the Traditional Chinese Medicine Resource Center ( or the American Board of Chiropractic Acupuncture

Personal Experience With Acupuncture

I love my chiropractor here in Avon, Ohio.  After only the first acupuncture treatment, I really got the point of it all.  (Pun intended!)  I used to be a phlebotomist many years ago.  I never minded needling my patients in the lab.  (Oh, how do I do it!  LOL)

Seriously though, I never liked being on the receiving end of a needle.  But when it comes to acupuncture, I hardly notice the needles being inserted.  And, as a result of having treatments in my back, after only two treatments, I’m noticing greater mobility.

My doc says unblocking the chi helps my nervous system work better.  When things naturally go back to working the way nature designed them, I’m getting natural pain relief.

I encourage you to ask your medical doctor to refer you to a licensed acupuncturist today.  The sooner you start treatments, the sooner you can be on the road to being free of your pain or cancer treatment nausea and vomiting symptoms.