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Study Reveals Previously Unknown Mechanism Behind Acupuncture’s Ability to Reduce Pain

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  • Research suggests acupuncture can be an effective treatment for pain. Clear and robust effects have been found in the treatment of back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, osteoarthritis and headaches
  • When properly administered to elicit de qi, acupuncture results in the release of nitric oxide (NO) at the acupuncture site, which in turn encourages the release of natural analgesics in your body
  • Previous research shows acupuncture deactivates certain parts of your brain, thereby altering your experience of pain

By Dr. Mercola

When it comes to treating ailments such as chronic pain, I definitely prefer non-toxic options to drugs and surgery. Americans use 80 percent of all the opioids sold worldwide — a testament to the pervasiveness of pain in this country — and with drug overdoses now being the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S., we clearly need safer alternatives.


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