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Acupuncture might be considered an alternative form of medicine, and the truth is that we still don’t know exactly why it works, but the one thing modern science has proven that it’s consistently successful at is treating pain — especially chronic pain caused by conditions like arthritis, back pain, and fibromyalgia. Many patients actively consider acupuncture relaxing.

That is because, as the acupuncturist carefully places their needles, in the case of electroacupuncture with the addition of a current, the body begins to release several types of endorphins. These “feel good chemicals” act as a natural painkiller that triggers your body to begin healing itself.

At the same time, acupuncture can have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body that can help the immune system do its job. The pain-relieving effect of acupuncture can be immediate, meaning patients can sometimes feel better after just a single session, though your relief can be greater after multiple sessions.

When acupuncture is administered by a trained and licensed professional, the risks of side effects are extremely low. So, often, are the costs. That means people living with chronic pain have very little to lose if they are interested in trying this ancient form of Asian medicine, and often, a lot to gain.