Fans of acupuncture may have a point – as research suggests the treatment really can reduce pain.
A new US study of the ancient Chinese art – which involves inserting thin needles in different parts of the body – has been described as the strongest evidence yet that it can have genuine benefits. Study author Ladan Eshkevari claimed the research demonstrates how acupuncture may ‘reduce stress and pain, and potentially depression’.
Dr Eshkevari, of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, said: ‘The benefits of acupuncture are well known by those who use it, but such proof is anecdotal.
‘This research, the culmination of a number of studies, demonstrates how acupuncture might work in the human body to reduce stress and pain, and potentially, depression.’
Her work will provide a sense of vindication for those who have spent hundreds of pounds on acupuncture for bad backs, sprained ankles and other aches and pains. However, the study is likely to be picked over by those who say the benefits of acupuncture are all in the mind.
Source - Daily Mail