I know many people think the only way to cope with the severe low back pain is to get the pain kills or muscle relaxers. However, I have been dealing with this pain for 7 years now. Since I have been dealing with this I went from a range of medications and developed an allergy to quite a few of them. To help out with the pain I decided to give acupuncture a try. I know this is a traditional method of treatment and amazingly it helped relieve my pain after a couple of weeks. I would highly recommend anyone with this type of pain to give it a shot.
I can attest to the benefits of acupuncture, not personally, but from the experience of a family member. She suffered from chronic low back pain for 10 years and she thought it was a life sentence. Someone recommended acupuncture and she noticed an almost instant and dramatic improvement in her condition.
There was an interesting study on acupuncture and its effects on lower back pain. They used three groups to compare three different types of acupuncture to one group receiving normal westernised care. All three types of acupuncture were shown to be more effective than the group receiving westernised care!
What I found interesting was that all three types were equally effective. It didn't matter if the needle pierced the skin (they used toothpicks for one condition) or if the points were tailored to where the person was experiencing the most pain.
Brings up important questions about how acupuncture works and to what extent it is a placebo.
Nonetheless, people I know have had good results and I would definitely give it a go.
Your commentary about "The West" being wrong with respect to the conventional wisdom on health is extreme on its own as it is a vast generalization. From your posts, it is quiet clear that you subscribe to the paleo diet and avoiding medications in favor of diet - both of these are alternative views on health that have only piecemeal support from medical science. While there is some truth to the value of diet, don't exaggerate the benefits. Were it not for medications, many people would be suffering. No amount of dietary change would calm my immune system enough to prevent the severe joint pain that RA causes me.
It is important to look at all the options and then investigate them scientifically to determine their merit.
For many years now, I have heard about acupuncture helping those with lower back pain. Since I've been suffering from this problem since my teen years, (I'm 56) I am thinking more and more about trying acupuncture to see if it helps. If I do choose this method, I will be sure and post an update. :)
I suffered from a pelvic disorder during pregnancy, which left me suffering from sciatica when my baby was born. I really cannot recommend acupuncture enough, at least for this type of back pain. I was skeptical at its effectiveness but within two sessions I was like a different person!
My mother in law is currently working in China and is being treated for back pain. When she came home for a vacation she went to the hospital because her back pain had been bothering her for a couple of months. She was prescribed medications but she noticed that taking the pain medications was fast becoming a habit and dependence on the drug scared her. When she went back to China she tried acupuncture and it has been working so far. She says she has less pain and better flexibility than when she was using medications.
I have heard of the benefits of acupuncture many times over, however I have not yet had the opportunity to experience it myself. A few years ago I wound up having surgery to correct a ruptured disc in my back, which I am eternally grateful for having...but I often wonder if something less invasive like acupuncture would have been as beneficial for my condition.
I have 2 herniated disc and was wondering if acupuncture would help?
I know it's good for a lot of things. I'll have to check with my doctor