NCCIH, or the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, has analyzed some of the research into the effectiveness of acupuncture and pain management. As in all scientific research, there are many research factors involved that have yet to be resolved, however, significant benefit for pain management was clear even in the early stages of their analysis.
Their report says statistically significant differences were found when acupuncture is compared to no acupuncture in the treatment of pain.
It also states: Biological effects associated with acupuncture have been reported from animal and human subject research. Examples include stimulation of local inflammatory and immune responses, fibroblast spreading and cytoskeletal remodeling, release of adenosine (antinociceptive effects), neuromodulatory mechanisms, increase of opioid peptides, and autonomic nervous system modulation.
NCCIH is maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute of Health (NIH).
For more information, you can contact Jeffrey Russell, M.A., D.O.M, 7982 New La Grange Rd, Lyndon, KY 40222, 502-299-8900.