Acupuncture for pain relief
The World Health Organization (WHO) in 2002 released a report entitled “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials”. This report states that acupuncture “can be regarded as the method of choice for treating many chronically painful conditions.”
According to WHO, acupuncture’s effective rate in the treatment of chronic pain is comparable with that of morphine. Acupuncture has been shown clinically to trigger the central nervous system to release pain-relieving chemicals, such as endorphins. Many neurotransmitters are also affected by acupuncture, and changes in these may affect pain transmission from irritated nerves.
Acupuncture approach in pain-relieving
We use different acupuncture techniques in pain conditions. Why?
We understand everybody is unique. Different person has different response. One technique that is great to one person might only be ok to another. Everyone deserves a great solution. We prefer giving our clients some non-invasive methods during the interval of acupuncture session so their pain won’t return to its original level.
We understand that there is no such a method that is for everybody. There are always certain people who don’t respond.
Here are the techniques we use in pain-relieving acupuncture:
Balance method acupuncture: This is the part often asked by our clients – why needle my hand while I have pain in my foot? This is balance. We often see pain reduce in minutes after needles are inserted.
Auricular acupuncture: We may use needles on your ear during the session if necessary, Or, we may only put on some ear press platters at the end of the session to prolong the effect during the treatment intervals.
Battlefield acupuncture: An amazing technique offering pain relief within minutes without side effects. It has been used in the US military. See here: Military turns to acupuncture as alternative to prescription painkillers
Korean hand acupuncture: Another micro-system within our body. We can use it during the session or/and during the intervals of treatments.
Moxibustion: While using needles, either normal needles or auricular needles, in distal (non-injured, unaffected) area, we often use moxibustion, either moxa stick or moxa box, in the local (injured, affected) area to reinforce the effect of treatment.
Chinese herbal medicine: We don’t see it as necessary on most painful occasions. However, when pain is only one symptom of a much more complicated condition, such as MS or endometriosis, we will suggest Chinese herbal medicine as a better way to treat the underlying cause of the pain.
No matter which technique we use and how good the result is in the first session, further sessions are necessary. Acupuncture is not magic, it has accumulative effect. Pain may return after the treatment often at a lower intensity level.
Not everyone experiences quick pain relief. Some have slower response than others. Generally speaking, it depends on
a) the length and severity of the patients,
b) the age and constitution of the patients.
It is our advice that you should take it easy even when there is a massive reduction in pain as certain movements and motions may aggravate the affected area.
Conditions that may benefit from acupuncture:
- Joint pain: neck pain, shoulder pain, scapular pain, elbow pain (tennis elbow/golf elbow), wrist pain (carpal tunnel syndrome), hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain
- Back pain, lower back pain, sciatica, buttock pain
- Sports Injuries, repetitive strain injury
- TMJ, dental pain
- Arthritis, osteoarthritis
- Migraine, headache, trigeminal neuralgia, peripheral neuropathy, intercostal neuralgia (shingles)
- Heartburn, stomach pain, abdominal pain
- Menstrual cramps/dysmenorrhea, endometriosis
- Postoperative pain