By Natural Advocate | December 13, 2006 - 6:15 pm - Posted in Natural Pain Relief
Although the actual physiological mechanism which makes the ancient Chinese alternative medicine practice of acupuncture work is not yet known by the scientific world, there is no denying that acupuncture has helped many overcome debilitating headaches, migraines, and now it appears joint and hip pain related to arthritis can be added to that list.
At least “cautiously” so far, since researchers are unsure whether their research included some of that good old placebo effect or not.The study was comprised of patients with joint pain related to osteoarthritis, and it found that after about 3 months of acupuncture therapy, most patients experienced a significant amount of pain relief, naturally, without any added medication, but only through the manipulation of pressure points through acupuncture.
Acupuncture goes back many, many years, and originated in China. It involves the use of tiny needles which are lightly inserted into the skin at different pressure points, supposedly to relieve pain and balance the pressure in the body.
There is also acupressure, which I believe eliminates the use of needles, and relies solely on pressure on these areas, not insertion of any pins or needles.
This can truly be a blessing for those with chronic pain and discomfort, esepecially since it does not involve the use of any potentially addictive (whether mental or physical) medications for pain. It is truly a natural pain remedy, and if it works it can make all the difference in the world to someone with chronic pain and who has a tough time getting around.