Several other head-to-head meta-analyses² identified Acupuncture as more effective than drugs such as steroid injections, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and other interventions such as manipulation, ultra-sound therapy, exercise and weight loss for the treatment of conditions such as knee osteoarthritis, shoulder pain, sciatica and chronic constipation. There is considerable evidence that Acupuncture is more effective than most drugs in the treatment and management of chronic pain.
Besides its effectiveness, Acupuncture is also regarded as one the safest treatment options around. The results of two independent surveys³ concluded that the risk of serious, adverse reaction to Acupuncture is less than 1 in 10,000. Acupuncture reduces the need for drugs and medication which can cause harmful dependencies and undesirable side effects.
¹ (McDonald, J & Janz, S, The Acupuncture Evidence Project, 2018)
² (Corbett, MS et al, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 2013), (Dong, W et al, Medicine, Baltimore, 2015), (Lewis, R et al, The Spine Journal, 2015) and (Zhu, L et al, PLoS ONE, 2018)
³ (MacPherson et al, BMJ 2001;323:486) and White et al, BMJ 2001;323:485)