I suffered a ruptured disk a few years back that led to major sciatic pain. As a last ditch effort before scheduling back surgery I went to an acupuncturist. The results were amazing. A year of PT, chiro, massages and eventually epidural cortisone injections had not given me more than minimal relief, but after six sessions with a great acupuncturist I was 90% better. I've had annual follow-up sessions for the last three years when I've had minor flare-ups and just scheduled a series of treatments starting this coming Thursday (my first sessions while pregnant--my sciatic is acting up a bit and I want to nip it in the bud). I used to be a total needle skeptic, but now I cannot say enough good things about acupuncture for pain relief! I talked to an OB here (I'm home in Hawaii for the summer) and she was all for it--even said she's had women who brought in their acupuncturist to the delivery room for pain management during labor!