Acupuncture will help ease the pain of most cases whether you are experiencing an acute or chronic injury or illness. An estimated 76.5 million Americans experience chronic pain, one-third of which describe their pain as “disabling”. Many people relay on toxic chemicals to manage and control their pain levels. With acupuncture on your side you don’t have to you. The National Institutes of Health recommends acupunctures as a reasonable treatment option for pain. An acupuncturist’s management of pain may involve electro-stimulation acupuncture (a machine that produces a mild electric current is attached to the acupuncture needles with clips), Tui Na (manipulation), application of warming techniques (herbal oils, herbal patches, moxibustion), and patient education.
Acupuncture can help reduce recovery time post surgery and may even help individuals avoid invasive surgical procedures altogether. Regular treatments can also lower the need for pain medication, which can lead to addiction and unwanted side effects.
Acupuncture is successful at treating pain because it increases the secretion of endorphins in the body. Endorphins are the body’s natural painkiller and are 1,000 times stronger than morphine. This is why acupuncture is a safer alternative to prescription medication.
Acupuncture also influences the circulatory system by influencing vasodilators like histamine in the body. This shows how treatments can resolve edema, neuropathy, and injuries. Acupuncture also generates competing stimulus and effectively interrupts the neurotransmission of the pain signals from reaching the brain. This explains how in China operations have been done with acupuncture as a form of anesthesia.
Stanford Health Care Clinic now utilizes acupuncture to treat chronic pain, musculoskeletal and joint pain, trigeminal neuralgia, headache, and cancer treatment side affects. 1 ,2 A recent Stanford Study has found that acupuncture is both safe and effective in children calling the practice, “useful in chronic conditions”. It has also led to a decrease need of opioids and benzediazens in neonates at Stanford’s Children’s Hospital. Researches have also commented on acupuncture’s ability to reduce pain, irritability, and withdrawal symptoms in adults with addictions.3