Pain Management with Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

Pain Management with Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

One of the main benefits of acupuncture for pain is that treatment focuses on eliminating more than just the acute symptom of pain. Many acupuncturists believe that acupuncture prevents or significantly reduces recurrence of pain by correcting the underlying cause of imbalance in the body. Over-the-counter pain killers only offer a temporary solution by reducing the level of pain sensation for a short amount of time, but do not treat the underlying condition that causes the pain in the first place.

According to Chinese medicine, when qi and blood flow is blocked or deficient, there is pain. The area of the body which experiences the discomfort is deprived of adequate qi and blood circulation. The acupuncture treatment opens up blocked areas, thus reinstating free-flow of qi and blood throughout the entire body. The longer a blockage condition exists, the more severe it becomes, and the longer it takes to resolve. Pain is a signal between the body and brain that something is out of balance which when left untreated or masked with OTC drugs, will become a bigger problem leading to imbalance of other systems in the body. Therefore, it is best to treat pain as soon as it arises. Acupuncture patients often experience instant results, and/or patients notice a gradual improvement with each successive treatment, until they are mostly or completely pain-free.

Below is a list of types of pain commonly treated with Acupuncture and or Chinese Herbal Medicines:

  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Back pain
  • Digestive pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint pain/swelling
  • Muscle pain/stiffness/tension
  • Menstrual pain
  • Sciatica
  • Sprains and strains
  • TMJ Disorder
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Menstrual cramps
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