July 14, 2011 (Gainesville, Florida) — Older patients with hypertension and coronary artery disease who use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) chronically for pain are at significantly increased risk of cardiovascular events, a new post hoc analysis from the International Verapamil-Trandolapril Study (INVEST) demonstrates [1]. The research is published in the July 2011 issue of the American Journal of Medicine.

Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of shoulder periarteritis [shoulder pain]. Of the 310 subjects studies, 158 were cured, 40 improved and 12 showed no significant improvement. J. Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2003 Sept.;23(3):201-02

A major study of the effect of acupuncture on osteoarthritis of the knee has found it can both relieve pain and improve movement.

The US National Institutes of Health study concludes acupuncture is an effective complement to standard care. Acupuncture patients showed a 40% decrease in pain and a nearly 40% improvement in knee function. Details of the study, which involved 570 patients, are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Acupuncture Can Help With Pain:

Releases endorphins, our body’s natural painkiller.
Finds and removes the blockage in the flow of blood, which then allows your tissues and organs to heal
Stress Reduction: Acupuncture neutralizes the effect of cortisol, the “stress hormone”