More Americans try acupuncture for pain relief.

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With all the worry about pain medications and addiction, it’s no wonder Americans are increasingly trying alternative medicine like acupuncture to alleviate their discomfort. A common stance against acupuncture is that the ancient practice is a placebo effect. But there is strong scientific studies showing acupuncture can soothe back and knee pain, quiet migraines and ease cancer-related pains without any disturbing side effects. “There’s even been research on certain non-pain conditions, such as post-chemotherapy nausea,” said Dr. Malcolm Taw, an associate clinical professor at David Geffen School of Medicine and director of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine. “It’s been shown to demonstrate a benefit.” Often Patients turn to acupuncture after trying other therapies, including epidurals or surgery. “Now, we’re seeing more patients who want to try this first. They want a non-pharmacological approach,” said Taw.

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