Yoga and acupuncture really can relieve pain, according to new research.
Some of the most popular complementary health approaches - including yoga, tai chi and acupuncture - appear to be effective at managing painful conditions.
Scientists reviewed clinical trials in the US to come to their conclusions - which could help millions of people whose pain may not be fully relieved by conventional medications.
Until now, a lack of evidence around complementary approaches has meant health professionals have not been able to recommend them. Researchers say the review will help doctors, who frequently see patients with chronic pain, be able to inform patients on which treatments will best help them manage their symptoms.
The review was conducted by a group of scientists from the National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) at the National Institutes of Health. Lead author Dr Richard Nahin, of the NCCIH, said: 'For many Americans who suffer from chronic pain, medications may not completely relieve pain and can produce unwanted side effects.'
Source - Daily Mail