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Effective Pain Relief through Acupuncture

How Acupuncturists are Changing the Face of Pain Relief

As acupuncturists, our collective vision is focused on creating western medicine alternative modalities in pain management. Because in many cases, acupuncture is equally effective, yet at substantially lower risk with few side effects, when compared with traditional western pain relief techniques.

In terms of efficacy, we refer to the most authoritative health organizations in the world and in the United States, World Health Organization (“WHO”) and National Institute of Health (“NIH”). In 2003, WHO published a report about clinical trials researching the effectiveness of acupuncture and listed 28 diseases, symptoms and conditions for which acupuncture has been proved, through controlled trials, to be an effective treatment; with scores more for which acupuncture has shown effectiveness. Among the listed diseases, symptoms and conditions, a big portion is pain related. In 1997, NIH published its Consensus Development Conference Statement of Acupuncture, which basically is in line with WHO positions.

NIH Comments on risk and side effects of Acupuncture.

Commenting on risk and side effects of acupuncture, NIH stated in the same consensus statement:
One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions. As an example, musculo-skeletal conditions, such as fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, and tennis elbow, or epicondylitis, are conditions for which acupuncture may be beneficial. These painful conditions are often traditionally treated with, among other things, anti-inflammatory medications (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.) or with steroid injections. Both medical interventions have a potential for deleterious side effects but are still widely used and are considered acceptable treatments. The evidence supporting these therapies is no better than that for acupuncture.

According to NIH, more than 20,000 Americans died of drug abuse each year in recent year. Among them, more than half were due to pain relievers. If you are suffering pain, your wise choice is actually no-brainer – visit with a qualified, licensed acupuncturist first.


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What Can You Expect from Acupuncture Treatments?

To determine the type of acupuncture treatment that will help you the most, your practitioner may ask you about your symptoms, behaviors and lifestyle.

He or she may also closely examine:

  • The parts of your body that are painful
  • The shape, coating and color of your tongue
  • The color of your face
  • The strength, rhythm and quality of the pulse in your wrist

This initial evaluation may take up to 60 minutes. Subsequent appointments usually take about a half-hour. A common treatment plan for a single complaint would typically involve one or two treatments a week. Number of treatments will depend on the condition being treated and its severity, but six to eight treatments are common.

During Your Acupuncture Visit

Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body. Sometimes the appropriate points are far removed from the area of your pain. Your acupuncture practitioner will tell you the general site of the planned treatment and if you need to remove any clothing. If appropriate, a gown, towel or sheet will be provided to preserve your modesty.

You lie on a padded table for the treatment, which involves:

Needle Insertion

Acupuncture needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes little discomfort. Between five and 20 needles are used in a typical treatment. You may feel a mild aching sensation when a needle reaches the correct depth.

Needle manipulation.

Your practitioner may gently move or twirl the needles after placement or apply heat or mild electrical pulses to the needles.

Needle removal

In most cases, the needles remain in place for 10 to 20 minutes while you lie still and relax. There is usually no discomfort when the needles are removed.

After Acupuncture Treatment

Some people feel relaxed and others feel energized after an acupuncture treatment. But not everyone responds to acupuncture. If your symptoms don’t begin to improve within a few weeks, acupuncture may not be right for you.

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