Research continues to look into the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment option. While there is scientific evidence that it can benefit a number of health conditions, many believe more research needs to be done.
Reviews carried out by The Cochrane Collaboration found evidence that acupuncture may be effective in treating conditions such as:
- migraines and tension-headaches
- irritable bowel syndrome
- nausea and vomiting post-surgery
- chronic lower back pain.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommend acupuncture as a treatment option for tension headaches, migraine and chronic lower back pain.
According to the British Acupuncture Council, many people turn to acupuncture to help relieve aches and pains. This can include osteoarthritis and headaches. People also choose treatment to help manage common health problems, such as an overactive bladder.
Other people look to the therapy for stress-relief and relaxation.