Pain Killers proven not to target pain, lucky Acupuncture can
News reports over the past week have shed light on a big money maker for the pharmaceutical companies. They have several products that claim to “target pain”, such as headaches, migraines, period pain and back pain. A recent research paper though showed that not only did they not target those areas, but in fact paracetamol was found as effective as placebo for several kinds of pain.
A study done by the University of Sydney on over 1600 patients showed paracetamol as effective as placebo for acute lower back pain. An American study also showed it was not helpful for arthritis pain of the hip and knee. Whereas the results of a local study in Hospitals showed Acupuncture to be effective for acute pain, especially back pain and headaches.
There are 2 other concerns raised by these studies: many people are buying the more expensive version of the tablet, even though the effect is the same as the cheaper “non-targeted” version. The second is paracetamol can cause a fatty liver (among other things) if used for a prolonged period. The ACCC has now gotten involved over the “targeting” aspect of the products, but it raises other health concerns for people who are being told to take the drugs long term.
Australian’s spent $629,000,000 on over the counter pain killers in 2013. The number one pain complaint people bought panadol for is lower back pain. Acupuncture has a proven track record for providing pain relief, it is all natural, and will also improve your overall health, not damage it. In the long run, it will save people money, and stop funding these drug companies with their misleading advertising and bogus claims.