Acupuncture to Treat Stress

Today's Wall Street Journal has an excellent article about acupuncture -- providing a great introduction to the ancient therapy, its common uses, effects, and the science behind it.

Here are some of the highlights:

What's at the root of acupuncture?

What are the effects?

What are the common uses? What does it typically cost?

Does it work?

  • Arthritis of the Knee: Acupuncture significantly reduced pain and restored function, according to a 2004 government study.
  • Headaches: Two 2009 reviews found that acupuncture cut both tension and migraine headaches.
  • Lower Back Pain: Acupuncture eased it in a big study last year, but so did a sham treatment where needles didn't penetrate the skin.
  • Cancer: Has proven effective in reducing nausea and fatigue caused by chemotherapy.
  • Infertility: Improves the odds of pregnancy for women undergoing in-vitro fertilization, according to a 2008 review of seven clinical trials.
  • Addiction: Often used to help quit smoking, drinking, drug use and overeating, but there is no conclusive evidence that it works.

You can read the entire article (which I highly recommend) at the Wall Street Journal here.

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