5 Conditions Where Acupuncture Outshines Medication: A Comprehensive Guide

Mind Body Shen KC

pain relief with acupuncture

There are several conditions for which

acupuncture has been found to be more effective than medication”

or other conventional treatments. Ashley at Mind Body Shen,  has had great results treating health conditions that do not respond well to medication, some examples include:


Chronic pain: Acupuncture has been found to be particularly effective in treating chronic pain, including back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis. In fact, several studies have shown that acupuncture can be as effective or more effective than conventional pain medications for these conditions.


Headaches and migraines: Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in reducing the frequency and severity of headaches and migraines, and may be particularly helpful for people who do not respond well to conventional medications.


Anxiety and depression: Acupuncture has been found to be an effective treatment for anxiety and depression, either alone or in combination with other treatments such as medication or therapy.


Insomnia: Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in improving sleep quality and reducing the severity of insomnia, without the side effects often associated with sleep medications.


Nausea and vomiting: Acupuncture has been found to be effective in reducing nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, surgery, and other medical treatments.



Here are some reputable sources where you can find more information on the effectiveness of acupuncture for different conditions:

  1. Chronic pain: “Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Update of an Individual Patient Data Meta-Analysis” by Vickers et al. in The Journal of Pain, 2018.
  2. Headaches and migraines: “Acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis” by Linde et al. in The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016.
  3. Anxiety and depression: “The Efficacy of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Major Depression in Women” by Luo et al. in Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2019.
  4. Insomnia: “Acupuncture for Primary Insomnia: A Randomized Controlled Trial” by Yeung et al. in Sleep, 2009.
  5. Nausea and vomiting: “Acupuncture in the Prevention of Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting” by Wu et al. in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 2013.