For the record, I'm not anti-Western medicine/surgery/etc! I think we have made wonderful advancements in so many areas of medicine.
That being said, there are many things for which mainstream treatment options shouldn't be the first line of defense! Carpal tunnel syndrome is definitely one of them. Not only does this often get misdiagnosed, but it also often gets treated with surgery. Surgery that may fix the cause of the carpal tunnel pain, but can result in more hand/wrist/arm pain!
Yes, you read that right- a "successful" carpal tunnel surgery may result in more pain. So consider acupuncture first! You can read more about the latest acupuncture research in the New York Times HERE.
But in the meantime, remember that friends don't let friends get carpal tunnel surgery without trying acupuncture first!