Pain Relief: Natural v. Chemical

Acupuncture v. Pain Drugs

Q. What is the benefits of acupuncture over chemical pain pills ?

A. There are two types of pain relief modalities: Natural v. Chemical. Chemical pain relief pills (medications), also known as analgesics, are among the most commonly used drugs in our daily life. However, all chemical pain medications have site effects. For example, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are among the most common pain relief medicines in the world. All NSAIDs come with the risk of gastrointestinal ulceration and bleeding, some of them (COX-2 inhibitors) may even cause severe and deadly vascular problems with long-term use, including heart attack and stroke. Even the mild pain reliever acetaminophen (Tylenol) can cause liver damage, especially when taking too much or if taken with alcohol.

Fortunately, there is a 2000-years old natural non-oral pain-reliever, not well known in Western world though, that could treat pains more quickly and effectively than pills but without using any chemical. It is called "acupuncture", a traditional Chinese therapeutic technique -- insert hair-thin needles to the skin (acu-points) to relieve or eliminate pain. The modality virtually uses the healing power of human body to treat human body itself. It is completely natural and thus you have no worry about the site effects caused by pain relief pills.

So if you are suffering from pain and taking pills, why not have a try on a more speedy and effective natural reliever ?