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How does acupuncture help back pain?

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Acupuncture began in China more than 2,500 years ago. It involves inserting thin needles at certain points on the body. According to traditional Chinese medicine, the body has more than 2,000 of these points. They are connected by pathways or meridians, which create a flow of energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”). Stimulating these points is said to correct the imbalance of qi and improve the flow of energy. Practitioners believe that this helps relieve pain and improve health.

From: Acupuncture for Back Pain WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Aching backs get support from FDA, but not payors.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Study Analysis Shows Acupuncture Effective for Treating Chronic Low Back Pain.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Acupuncture for Pain.”

The University of Chicago Medical Center: “Acupuncture.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 5, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Aching backs get support from FDA, but not payors.”

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Study Analysis Shows Acupuncture Effective for Treating Chronic Low Back Pain.”

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Acupuncture for Pain.”

The University of Chicago Medical Center: “Acupuncture.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on February 5, 2018

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