Many people are curious about alternative medicine therapies, such as acupuncture, as a way to find non-medicated relief. Several published studies have indicated ways that acupuncture may be beneficial.

For example, a study published in the  Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that older adults with multimorbidity (i.e., two or more chronic medical conditions) valued acupuncture as a way to maintain physical and mental health.

Another small study of adults ages 60 years old and older with chronic lower back pain found that “acupuncture is an effective, safe adjunctive treatment” for this group. These results were published in the journal Rheumatology. The study also noted “when acupuncture was added to standard therapy, subjects tended to take fewer medications. Significantly fewer acupuncture subjects had medication-related adverse effects compared with those on standard therapy alone.”

Finally, a study of patients with the mean age of 83 years published in the Journal of Integrative Medicine suggested that “acupuncture is highly acceptable and could be very useful in the management of chronic pain when performed in very old frail people with chronic physical and mental disability.”

Of course, it is always important to speak with a physician before beginning any new treatment approach.

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