Needling away chronic pain

Research finds that acupuncture is an effective pain reliever.

When you're hurting, you might not necessarily think of getting relief from a needle stick—let alone several needle sticks. Yet research is finding that acupuncture—the traditional Chinese medicine practice of placing needles into the skin at strategic points throughout the body—is an effective way to ease some types of chronic pain.

To continue reading this article, you must login.
  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
Learn more about the many benefits and features of joining Harvard Health Online »