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Can acupuncture treat pain?

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One of the main uses of acupuncture is for pain relief. It's thought to lower pain by increasing the release of chemicals that block pain, called endorphins.

Acupuncture may help many pain-related conditions, including headache, low back pain, menstrual cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and myofascial pain.

SOURCES: American Pain Foundation. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Arthritis Today. Miller, K. . Feb. 1, 2011. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Rheum Dis Clin North Am

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 25, 2019

SOURCES: American Pain Foundation. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Arthritis Today. Miller, K. . Feb. 1, 2011. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Rheum Dis Clin North Am

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 25, 2019

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