Acupuncture has been widely used for relieving pain associated with musculoskeletal disorders, such as elbow pain and tennis elbow (also known as lateral epicondylitis).
Many studies have proven the efficacy of acupuncture in alleviating elbow pain by increasing blood flow and collagen proliferation to help regenerate the tendon and reduce inflammation. Patients with lateral epicondylitis were shown to be satisfied with acupuncture treatments in terms of pain relief and improved function of the forearm without adverse events.
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Qiu, Yanchun. “Comparative Study on the Treatment of Acupuncture and Massage of External Humeral Epicondylitis for Athletes.” Journal of Guangzhou Physical Education Institute 34.1 (2014): 100-102.
Kim, Ha-Na KMDa; Goo, Bonhyuk KMD, PhDb,∗; Nam, Sang-Soo KMD, PhDc,∗. Acupuncture for lateral epicondylitis: A prisma-compliant protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Medicine 99(37):p e22008, September 11, 2020. | DOI: 10.1097/MD.0000000000022008
Kim HN, Goo B, Nam SS. Acupuncture for lateral epicondylitis: A prisma-compliant protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Medicine (Baltimore). 2020 Sep 11;99(37):e22008. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000022008. PMID: 32925732; PMCID: PMC7489695.