Research into acupuncture’s ability to reduce pain has shown that it can increase the body’s own pain-killing chemicals like endorphins, which are 200 times more potent than morphine.
Not to mention….
*A recent study, from Australia found that acupuncture is as good as drugs for numerous pains such as low back pain, migraines and sprained ankles. This finding comes from a research trial of about 550 patients conducted in 4 Melbourne hospital emergency departments.
*In a 2010 study, acupuncture was shown to stimulate the production of a chemical compound called adenosine, a painkiller your body manufactures naturally when you are injured.
*In 2012, JAMA (Formerly the Archives of Internal Medicine) reported on a huge meta-analysis of acupuncture studies. This review was led by Andrew Vickers. Ph.D., a researcher at the famous Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. The researchers looked at data from 29 different randomized, controlled trials of acupuncture for chronic pain (a total of 17,922 patients), analyzed the results, and concluded that acupuncture was better at relieving pain than no treatment. They also checked whether people who thought they had acupuncture (but did not; they had a sham procedure) improved as well as acupuncture patients but they did not.
By stimulating these natural pain killers with acupuncture your body goes to work healing itself.