Acupuncture is well known to be an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain; most commonly, patients come for treatment of fibromyalgia, back pain, joint pain, neck pain and headache.
Acupuncture has been and is being studied for its efficacy in alleviating many kinds of pain, including:
Fibromyalgia. Dr. Wasserman has put together a 200 page clinical manual regarding the treatment of fibromyalgia. His approach involves a comprehensive program which includes cutting-edge testing, supplements, exercise, and other modalities. Also see his articles on fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia: Have you really tried everything? and Fibromyalgia: Ten tests your doctor might not have considered.
Headache/migraine Study results on acupuncture for headache are mixed. A 2008 review of randomized trials on acupuncture highlighted a few well-designed trials whose findings indicate that acupuncture reduces migraine symptoms and is as effective as headache medications. In addition, a 2009 review found that acupuncture may help relieve tension headaches. See more on headaches.
Low-back pain See more on back pain.
Menstrual cramps Two literature reviews have suggested that acupuncture may help with pain from menstrual cramps, but the research is limited.
Knee pain See more on knee pain
Foot pain See more on foot pain
Neck pain Studies of acupuncture for chronic neck pain have found that acupuncture provided better pain relief than some simulated treatments. See more on neck pain.
Sports and work injuries
Acupuncture may also be helpful for
postoperative dental pain,
carpal tunnel syndrome,