How can acupuncture stop my pain and prevent it from coming back?
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are safe, effective and drug-free ways to treat pain. Both work by treating the underlying problem and not just the symptom. Unlike other methods for treating pain, there are few, if any, 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 arising from a variety of causes.
According to Eastern Medicine, pain results when Qi (i.e. the electrical conduction in the body) or blood circulation is obstructed. Qi is carried along pathways called meridians. Stress, sleep deprivation, poor quality sleep, cold temperatures, poor diet, lack of or too much exercise, physical or emotional trauma can all obstruct Qi and eventually blood circulation.
With enough time, the degree of qi and blood obstruction can magnify and lead to pain and discomfort. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine effectively reduce inflammation and promote healing by breaking up blockages that have hindered the smooth flow of qi and blood.
Acupuncture stimulates various points on the meridians (i.e. energetic pathways along the body), encouraging the flow of qi and blood and thereby unblocking stagnation. As a result, it stops pain by promoting blood circulation and Qi to the injured site. This enables the body to self-heal and activates 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. An acupuncturist carefully selects the acupuncture points that will most effectively increase blood flow and activate qi to correct imbalances in the body and reduce pain.
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) 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 in your treatment.