A year ago, I spent some time telling my story about acupuncture after the stroke in an ego-centric moment. Chronic pain is a bitch. Less pain now but still super
(https://stroketales.blogspot.com/2018/04/acupuncture-it-isnt-for-faint-of-heart.html). This post, also about acupuncture, is radically different, and deals with the myths as well as the pros and cons about the ancient art.
The is from Harvard Medical School, written by Daniel Pendick in 2013, who says, "Chronic pain in the muscles and joints can make life miserable. Standard treatments like ice and heat, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and appropriate exercises can often ease the pain. But when they don’t, acupuncture is an option with a good track record that’s worth considering."
He goes on to say that there has been significant debate about acupuncture and its effectiveness for chronic pain. A team of researchers studied the results of 29 different studies involving nearly 18,000 participants. They concluded acupuncture relieved pain by roughly 50%, reported in Archives of Internal Medicine.
Acupuncture is virtually painless when done by an experienced practitioner, inserting hair-thin needles into the skin at various points. The purpose of the needles is to correct imbalances in the flow of energy called qi (pronounced “chee”), and "is thought to ease pain by affecting neurotransmitters, hormone levels, or the immune system," says Pendick. "Acupuncture treatments range from $65 to $125 per session." The acupuncturist usually takes a 3 or 4-year graduate degree covering all aspects of this Chinese medicine that include Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tui Na (massage), Tai Chi/Qi Gong (movement), and Chinese Dietary Therapy.
The Cleveland Clinic sponsored this 2014 article by Jamie Starkey, LAc (meaning Licensed Acupuncturist) in which she explores 10 myths surrounding acupuncture.