In addition to main-stream pain treatments, some patients opt to try holistic pain management treatments such as acupuncture. Some research suggests that acupuncture may help some pain medications work better. Patients should always continue to use their physician-prescribed treatment and use holistic treatments under physician supervision.
A meta-analysis study of acupuncture recently released in The Archives of Internal Medicine found that acupuncture was more effective in reducing various types of chronic pain than usual care and should be considered a reasonable treatment option. Study Design and Results Researchers conducted a systematic review of randomized controlled…