A 2007 clinical study published in the Archive of Internal Medicine demonstrated the benefits of acupuncture to treat lower back pain. The study involved over 1100 participants, all of whom were currently undergoing treatment for lower back pain. The researchers assigned the participants to three different treatment groups, wherein participants would receive either real acupuncture, sham acupuncture, or conventional treatment consisting of medication, physical therapy, and exercise. After six months, researchers found that participants in the real acupuncture group showed the most improvement.
These results demonstrate acupuncture’s effectiveness and explain its popularity as a non-invasive solution. It’s no wonder that acupuncture has entered the mainstream and garnered close attention from the medical community. Distinguished institutions, such as Harvard Medical School and MD Anderson Cancer Center, have researched and incorporated acupuncture into their medical curriculum.