Acupuncture was found to help scores of patients with 'medically unexplained' symptoms.
British researchers advised GPs that they could consider prescribing acupuncture treatment for at least one in five patients whose symptoms remain 'medically unexplained.'
This can help NHS save money from unnecessary hospital stays, MRI scans and GP appointments.
In a study involving 80 patients, those who received 12 sessions of acupuncture treatment spread over six months reported marked decrease in symptoms.
Professor Andrew Gould team leader of study said, 'It's soul-destroying for the patient and soul-destroying for the doctor when there's no clear reason for the symptoms they are suffering. We don't know how acupuncture is making a difference, but it seems to be something to do with the treatment rather than just a placebo or one-to-one care they're getting.'