When western medicine doesn't work for you, it's time to turn to the amorphous world of alternative medicine. I had been suffering from chronic pain for a few years when I decided to seek out some extra help. The acupuncture clinic was scary to me at first because I am wary of needles. But, after a couple of treatments, I noticed an improvement and my fear of needles became secondary to the relief I felt. The herbal tea concoctions that I drank were strange and overly strong, however.