In 1997, the National Institutes of Health issued a consensus statement* after reviewing the scientific research on acupuncture. Based on this research, the report concluded that acupuncture is an acceptable treatment, in addition to regular medical attention, as part of a comprehensive management program or as an acceptable alternative in the areas of:
- Lower back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Menstrual cramps
- Post-operative dental pain
In my practice, patients have found acupuncture to be particularly effective for relieving these kinds of acute and chronic pain.
*Acupuncture. NIH Consensus Statement 1997 Nov 3-5; 15(5):1-34.
If you are interested in additional information, the links shown below will take you to recent independent assessments of acupuncture and its major treatment areas.
National Cancer Institute
National Center for Biotechnology Information
World Health Organization
Duke University Medical Center