Acupuncture Recommended as First-Line Treatment of Back Pain

Acupuncture Recommended as First-Line Treatment of Back Pain

On February 13, 2017 the American College of Physicians released new evidence-based clinical practice guidelines recommending that people with back pain be first treated with non-drug therapies, including acupuncture, heat, massage or spinal manipulation. Further the ACP advised patients should use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs if drug therapy is desired, with the exception of acetaminophen (Tylenol) due to its ineffectiveness and potential for harm. Finally, opiod and narcotic-type pain medications should not be used for treating back pain except as a last option.

Whether acupuncture works by promoting the flow of Qi or by its action on powerful hormones and body chemistry, or both, the fact is it works.

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