George, a 48 year old male, came to my office complaining of acute lower back pain that had started about three weeks before when he lifted a box and “pulled something” in the back. Is Acupuncture good for back pain was the question he asked when he started his consultation.
George wanted to try acupuncture only without the use of Chinese herbs or homeopathic remedies. He came in twice per week and after the first week, his pain had diminished by about 75%.Acupuncture was performed on his lower back, buttock area, legs and ankles. The treatments lasted between 20-30 minutes each. After three weeks, George’s pain was about 95% better, on a scale of 0 – 100% (with 100% being totally free of pain.).I told George to come back in for treatment on an as-needed basis. I see him every six months or so for a tune up treatment. Georges’ case is a bit unusual, due to the fact that normally I’ll treat low back pain and sciatica using herbs and homeopathic remedies in addition to the acupuncture. But this case is a great example of lower back pain with sciatica that resolved very effectively with acupuncture only. His question as far as is Acupuncture good for back pain is in his positive results as you can see in his case.