Acupuncture may be the best way to ease chronic low-back pain. A 2007 study of more than 1,100 long suffering people found that having two half-hour sessions a week for five weeks reduced pain almost twice as well as treatment that combined medication, exercise and physical therapy. And a study last year in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that real acupuncture and pretend acupuncture using tooth-picks on non-acupuncture points had positive effects. Both were superior to conventional drug and physical therapy.
~By Phyllis Mcintosh