Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of healing that prevents and cures specific diseases and conditions by sticking very fine, solid needles into specific points on the body. Acupuncture stimulates the body's ability to resist or overcome illness by correcting imbalances. It also prompts the body to produce chemicals that decrease or eliminate painful sensations.
In a recent clinical study, acupuncture has been shown effective in decreasing depression at three months, compared to usual care. For people who suffer from both pain and depression, acupuncture is better than counseling and standard of care at reducing both symptoms. Acupuncture is highly effective at treating pain, such as headaches; menstrual cramps; and low back, neck, or muscle pain. It also can be used to treat menopausal symptoms, allergy symptoms, and side effects due to radiation and chemotherapy.