The University of York has reported that acupuncture is significantly effective for pain relief and depression.
Reviewers, under Professor Hugh MacPherson, analyzed the results of 29 high quality clinical trials focused on patients treated with acupuncture and standard medical care.
In the majority of these trials, patients with chronic pain treated with acupuncture and standard medical care were tested against those who were provided with standard medical care alone, such as anti-inflammatory drugs and physical therapy. The trials involved approximately 18,000 patients diagnosed with chronic pain of the neck, lower back, head, and knee.
The report, published in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Journals Library, determined that the addition of acupuncture compared to standard medical care alone, significantly reduced the number of headaches and migraine attacks and reduced the severity of neck and lower back pain.
The analysis also found that acupuncture was cost-effective and reduced the pain and disability of osteoarthritis, which led to patients being less reliant on anti-inflammatory tablets to control pain.
The team also conducted a new clinical trial for depression, where acupuncture or counselling was provided and compared to the effectiveness of medication, such as antidepressants.
In a study of 755 patients with depression in the North of England, researchers showed that both acupuncture and counselling significantly reduced the severity of depressions and that these benefits were largely sustained for up to 12 months after treatment.
Here are what some of our patients had to say about their acupuncture treatment with us:
I contacted Caitlin when my chiropractor suggested acupuncture may help with pain relief. I had been suffering for nearly 6 months with sciatica and had chronic pain in my hip and right leg as a result. This made sleeping difficult and I was unable to stand, sit or lay down for any length of time.
I must admit I was sceptical at first but would have tried anything as pain killers were upsetting my digestion, and I worried about taking too many.
Caitlin was very caring and attentive. She made sure I was relaxed and I felt safe and at ease. After three sessions I felt a definite improvement, and now four weeks on I am sleeping through and getting on with my life. This week I am actually starting to take gentle exercise again which is wonderful. I would certainly recommend giving acupuncture a try for pain relief, and Caitlin is the perfect tonic. You couldn’t find a nicer welcome and more genuine concern.
I started my series of sessions at Caitlin’s practice with two very painful arthritic knees and no particular anticipation of success. After the treatment finished I can honestly say that the pain has totally been removed and my life has been improved considerably.
I have to say that acupuncture has really helped me with my anxiety and depression. Since my treatment I have had no panic attacks and the low moods that I was suffering from on a daily basis have disappeared completely. It has been a pleasure to work with you and I would definitely consider acupuncture an effective and safe alternative in the future. I have passed on your details to several colleagues and hopefully they will benefit from working with you. Thanks ever so much.