Acupuncture may be thousands of years old, but how it works remains a mystery to Western doctors. However, they do know that it does work for some ailments. Studies indicate that it may provide a number of medical benefits — from reducing pain to helping with chemotherapy-induced nausea.
A Mayo Clinic report states:
Because of the difficulty of conducting valid scientific studies of acupuncture — numerous past studies have been proved inadequate — it's hard to create a definitive list of the conditions for which acupuncture might be helpful. However, preliminary studies indicate that acupuncture may offer symptomatic relief for a variety of diseases and conditions, including low back pain, headaches, migraines and osteoarthritis. In a 2006 Mayo Clinic study, acupuncture significantly improved symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Having grown up with Western medicine, acupuncture seemed more than a bit "woo-woo" to me. But having seen several Pilates clients and friends benefit from regular acupuncture for treating pain, dealing with PMS issues, migraines and chemo side effects, makes me a believer. Check out Acupuncture.com to find a practitioner near you.