As acupuncturists, our collective vision is focused on creating western medicine alternative modalities in pain management. Because in many cases, acupuncture is equally effective, yet at substantially lower risk with few side effects, when compared with traditional western pain relief techniques.
In terms of efficacy, we refer to the most authoritative health organizations in the world and in the United States, World Health Organization (“WHO”) and National Institute of Health (“NIH”). In 2003, WHO published a report about clinical trials researching the effectiveness of acupuncture and listed 28 diseases, symptoms and conditions for which acupuncture has been proved, through controlled trials, to be an effective treatment; with scores more for which acupuncture has shown effectiveness. Among the listed diseases, symptoms and conditions, a big portion is pain related. In 1997, NIH published its Consensus Development Conference Statement of Acupuncture, which basically is in line with WHO positions.