Announcement from the American College of Physicians

Good news regarding the treatment of back pain. The American College of Physicians have a new protocol for back pain and you-know-who is involved. 

The American College of Physicians just announced that they formally recommend acupuncture as the primary treatment for back pain, and that pharmaceuticals are a weaker and secondary treatment. 

It may not be news to you, and it is definitely not news to me, but it is news in the world of allopathic medicine. This is a big deal.


"The American College of Physicians formally recommends acupuncture for the treatment of back pain. Published in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine, clinical guidelines were developed by the American College of Physicians (ACP) to present recommendations based on evidence. Citing quality evidence in modern research, the ACP notes that nonpharmacologic treatment with acupuncture for the treatment of chronic low back pain is recommended. The official grade by the ACP is a 'strong recommendation'… A major goal of the recommendation is for acupuncture and other non-pharmacological therapies to replace drug therapy as a primary source of pain relief. Treatment with opioids is only recommended, with an official 'weak recommendation', when other modalities do not provide adequate relief. "

This is to include acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain, radicular and nonradicular back pain, and treating both nociceptive (pain with inflammation) and non-nociceptive pain (pain without inflammation, like fibromyalgia). 

For more information from the source, check out this link.

If you yourself or if you know someone suffering from back pain, please give me a call or forward this email. The more people who know their options, the better.