Acupuncture for Pain Relief

How Acupuncture Can Relieve Pain

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine have long been considered the alternative medicine of choice for chronic pain including upper and Lower back pain, neck pain or any chronic or acute joint or muscular pain.  The insertion of acupuncture needles into acu-points in close proximity to areas of the body affected by pain can produce a modulating effect which reduces pain symptoms in speeds recovery.  Acupuncture can be used in the following areas for pain relief:

  • Back Pain
  • Joint Pain
  • Muscular pain
  • Chronic Headache or Migraine
  • Pain during Menstruation or Ovulation

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture has become extremely popular recently and is most known for its treatment of pain.  It is used in the acupuncture clinic for many treatments other than pain where it is equally successful.

Numerous scientific studies have shown that acupuncture can alleviate muscle pain better than drugs and other conventional treatments. The needles stimulate those parts of the brain involved in pain perception.

From the Western viewpoint, it may be that acupuncture affects the nervous system by stimulating the release of endorphins, naturally produced chemicals in the body that block pain signals in the brain and spinal cord.

Acupuncture treats the symptoms of pain but also treats the underlying or ‘root’ cause—an imbalance of chi (energy)—somewhere in the patient’s energetic system, so that person not only feels pain relief but also a general sense of well-being.

The World Health Organization(WHO)

WHO now recognizes many  medical problems that can be relieved by Acupuncture, including the following, associated with pain:

Aches and pains          Arthritis                                         Back problems       

Tennis elbow                Frozen shoulder                        Muscle problems     

RSI                                        Sciatica                                             Headaches

Physical stress             Sports Injuries                            Sore joints


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