Acupuncture can be an effective pain relief treatment. However, you don't have to use acupuncture alone. There are other treatments that can be used in combination with acupuncture that can lead to even greater benefits. One of the best treatments to combine with acupuncture is massage therapy. Holistic Therapy Massage therapy is used in combination with acupuncture as a holistic treatment. Holistic health focuses on treatments that affect the entire body.