Pain relief is a common reason people seek acupuncture. Read research that demonstrates the brain activity that occurs during acupuncture treatment and how it could contribute to acupuncture’s pain relieving effects. Read more
In a 2009 study acupuncture was shown to be “as effective as short-term low-dose prednisolone [prednisone] for mild-to-moderate CTS. [Carpal Tunnel Syndrome] For those who do have an intolerance or contraindication for oral steroid or for those who do not opt for early surgery, acupuncture treatment provides an alternative choice.”
In 2002 Bob Flaws reported the results of a study treating restless leg syndrome with acupuncture. “Twelve of the 18 cases in this study were judged cured. This meant that bilateral pain and strange, uncomfortable sensations disappeared. Another six cases were judged to have gotten a marked effect, meaning that their lower limb pain or uncomfortable sensations, were decreased. Therefore, the total amelioration rate was 100% using this protocol.”
In 2001 Wang Jian-bo published an article titled, “The Treatment of 18 Cases of Restless Leg Syndrome with Acupuncture,” in the Zhe Jiang Zhong Yi Za Zhi (Zhejiang Journal of Chinese Medicine), #10, 2001, p. 457.
An abstract of that article appears below.
Among the 18 patients in this study, there were six males and 12 females aged 54-72 years, with an average age of 63 years. All suffered from RLS. The disease course had lasted from as short as three days to as long as 16 months. In 10 cases, this was the initial diagnosis. The other eight cases had been previously diagnosed and treated with Western medicine but without effect.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) & Acupuncture Vol II
All these needles were retained for 20 minutes and one treatment was given per day, with 14 days equaling one course of treatment. Patients were reassessed after 1-3 such courses of treatment and, during the time of this treatment, Western medications for this disorder were suspended.
Twelve of the 18 cases in this study were judged cured. This meant that bilateral pain and strange, uncomfortable sensations disappeared. Another six cases were judged to have gotten a marked effect, meaning that their lower limb pain or uncomfortable sensations, were decreased. Therefore, the total amelioration rate was 100% using this protocol.
The largest medical acupuncture study to date has shown that of the 570 people with osteoarthritis of the knee who were aged 50 or older, those who received acupuncture had a 40% decrease in pain and a nearly 40% improvement in function compared to baseline assessments. Modern medical studies are showing that acupuncture is an effective therapy for arthritis, osteoarthritis, knee pain, joint pain and a host of other health problems.
I treat patients regularly for knee pain at my acupuncture office in Downingtown PA. Read this research article I reviewed that demonstrates acupuncture’s effectiveness for osteoarthritis of the knee joint.
Recently, a very large study of knee pain treatment with acupuncture – involving almost 4000 participants – showed acupuncture was far more effective in relieving knee pain caused by osteoarthritis than alternative methods. This conclusion came as a result of 14 different trials in clinical settings supporting various similar studies conducted in the mid 2000’s.
Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective in relieving certain types of foot pain. A study published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine found acupuncture to be effective in relieving otherwise unresponsive chronic foot pain. Another study found that stimulation of acupuncture points on the feet could increase blood flow to the foot and lower leg. Many anecdotal reports exist of individual acupuncturists using a variety of acupuncture techniques to relieve pain associated with the ankle, heel, and ball of the foot. Read more
Acupuncture Proven to Reduce Migraine Symptoms
Acupuncture research in Denmark and Germany shows promise for the use of acupuncture to relieve migraine headache pain. In the article, doctors state ‘In contrast to drugs, acupuncture treatment seems to be very effective in preventing the attacks from ever occurring or rendering them much less severe when they do hit.’ Interestingly acupuncture was proven effective even though it was not administered according to traditional acupuncture treatment standards. Scientific research calls for ‘standardized’ treatment which entails using the exact same treatment on each person regardless of the individual’s symptoms or constitution. Anyone familiar with acupuncture knows that treatment is individualized with no two people receiving the exact same treatment. Acupuncture research is difficult to conduct for this reason but continues to show promise in many research studies.
Research shows acupuncture reduces cancer pain. An estimated 70 percent of cancer patients fail to receive treatments that provide adequate pain relief. A May 2011 study shows how acupuncture treatments reduce pain for cancer patients.
In this study, researchers found that menstrual pain was significantly relieved with acupuncture, most specifically a point on the inside of the lower leg called SP6. In TCM style acupuncture this point is well known for dealing with all issues of menstruation. Dr. Tan style acupuncture recognizes SP6 as an image for the lower abdomen. ‘Imaging’ body parts to acupuncture points is similar to how reflexology points of the foot represent various parts of the body. Using the ‘imaging’ concept to treat pain is unique to Dr. Tan/Master Tung style acupuncture, resulting in quicker, more effective pain relief.
Here is a fun music video to celebrate Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day (AOM Day) on October 24th. You’ll be amazed to hear how many celebrities and well-known people use Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for everything from colds and flus to healthier pregnancies to better athletic performance.
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