Acupuncture for pain treatment

Thursday, November 20, 2014

By: Danqing Guo, MD

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About Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and is very popular in China and other eastern countries. It is common for people in these areas to visit an acupuncturist regularly for pain treatment; and this practice has gained in popularity for western countries in recent years.


Acupuncture is based upon the Yin and Yang Balance theory, which are two opposing forces within the human body. These forces interact with one another, balancing the body, and give health to an individual.


How Acupuncture Works

Over centuries of observation, practitioners found certain responsive areas of the skin, called meridians or channels, were especially sensitive. In all there are 20 channels throughout the human body; six yin channels, six yang channels and eight mysterious channels. All these channels are stimulated to bring about health.



These channels are connected to our inside organs, and there is a certain energy called qi which flows through the channels to our organs giving us health. Acupuncture stimulates a specific anatomical structure which causes qi to flow smoothly. If qi is disrupted or sluggish, an individual may develop a disorder or sickness.


Acupuncture uses fine needles to stimulate the specific areas connected to channels, which can create a proper flow of qi, which, in turn, leads to balance and health.


Benefits of Acupuncture

Through current science we find that acupuncture stimulates endogenous opiates (feel-good chemicals such as endorphins), balances the serotonin system and controls the inflammatory reflex, which helps patients with chronic pain. Currently the World Health Organization (WHO) and National Institute of Health (NIH) have listed ailments which are improved with acupuncture treatment.


Acupuncture has shown to help with many sicknesses, aches and pains including:


Acute and chronic pain
Headaches and migraines
Musculoskeletal pain
Post-surgery pain after total knee/hip replacement
Some seasonal allergies
Back pain
Osteoarthritis pain
Phantom pain
Peripheral neuropathy

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