Acupuncture research demonstrates that acupuncture is effective in treating many conditions. A wide range of evidence substantiates its effectiveness. One of the most notable areas of acupuncture research is in pain management. Acupuncture has proven effective across a wide range of pain problems such as migraines, arthritis, sciatica and back pain, to name a few. Acupuncture has also been shown to be effective in a large variety of health issues. These include boosting the immune system, improving sleep, easing the symptoms of menopause, enhancing in vitro fertilization efforts, easing withdrawal from addictive substances… There are many, many more benefits of acupuncture not mentioned here and you should consult with a practitioner for more information.
Here, the results of some acupuncture research studies are included in one image from Prevention Magazine:
Acupuncture research has a very long history. It initiated in the eighteenth century and grew rapidly up to now. Scientists and clinicians have strived hard to understand the physiological and biological mechanism of acupuncture effect and evaluate the real effectiveness of acupuncture in clinical practice…
In the past decade, advanced modern technology has been introduced into the acupuncture research for helping understand the central and peripheral mechanism of acupuncture.
Noninvasive neuroimaging techniques have been extensively used in acupuncture studies in the past decade, showing therapeutic effect of acupuncture could modulate neural activity in many cortical and subcortical (i.e., somatosensory, brainstem, limbic, and cerebellum) brain areas…*
*Zhuang, Y; Xing, J; Li, J; Zeng, B; Liang, F. History of Acupuncture Research. International Review of Neurobiology, Volume 111, 2013, pp1-23.