It was found that after one year people receiving acupuncture had reduced pain and reported a significant reduction in concerns about their pain compared to the group receiving usual care.

After two years, the acupuncture group was significantly more likely to report that the past year had been pain-free and were less likely to use medication for pain relief.

How does acupuncture work for back pain? According to Western science acupuncture releases natural pain-relieving opioids, sends signals that calm the sympathetic nervous system, and releases neurochemicals and hormones.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, pain results from blocked qi in meridian pathways of the body, which are unblocked when acupuncture needles are inserted, easing the pain.