Acupuncture for Pain – New York NYC
How can acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine benefit me?
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine can eliminate your pain in a safe, effective and drug-free way. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), pain results when qi and blood are obstructed in the meridians. Stress, cold, poor diet, lack of exercised and physical or emotional trauma can all obstruct qi and eventually blood. With enough time, the degree of qi obstruction can multiply leading to increased pain and discomfort. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine effectively reduce inflammation and promote healing by braking up blockages that have hindered the smooth flow of qi and blood.
Acupuncture works by stimulating various points on the meridians, i.e. energetic pathways along the body, by encouraging the body to move its own qi and blood and by unblocking qi stagnation. As a result, it stops pain by promoting blood flow to the injured site to encourage the body to heal itself and by stimulating the body’s own natural pain-relieving endorphins to alleviate pain. Acupuncture also effectively suppresses the body’s inflammatory mediators to reduce inflammation and swelling. Depending on the root cause, the acupuncturist will carefully select a point prescription that will best reduce the obstruction and simultaneously invigorate the qi of the body to regulate the imbalance and stop the pain.
Traditional Chinese medicine (which not only includes acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine) offers many other safe, effective and drug-free ways to reduce inflammation and stop pain. These include: electrical acupuncture stimulation, cupping, moxibustion, heat therapy, gua-sha and Tui Na (Chinese medical massage). Any combination of these modalities may be used in conjunction with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to best treat you.
Acupuncture is a safe, effective and drug-free way to decrease inflammation and eliminate pain. Unlike other methods for treating pain, there are few side-effects. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) both acknowledge the benefits of acupuncture in treating and eliminating pain due to a variety of causes.
To learn about the latest medical studies see, Acupuncture and Pain Research.