Acupuncture for the Treatment of Pain

For many people pain is sometimes more feared than death.  This makes sense since pain is felt during consciousness while death is the end of all sensation.  Pain has varying degrees; it can be either dull or extremely sharp and severe; it can be felt intermittently or continuously.  Whatever the case, pain is very unpleasant and the sooner it is removed, the better.

Probably the best way to get rid of pain is through acupuncture.  However, acupuncture is designed not only to relieve pain but also to treat the disorder or condition that causes the pain.  This point is essentially one of the biggest differences between medications and acupuncture.  Whereas acupuncture aims to address the real cause of a patient’s illness, medications only aim to treat the symptoms of the condition.

Acupuncture for the treatment of pain has many other advantages to patients than conventional Western medicine treatments.  First, it is a relatively non-invasive procedure compared to surgery or an operation.  The needles used in acupuncture are very thin non-hollow and sterilized needles meant to induce a painless sensation upon insertion to the skin.  If some slight sensation is felt upon contact with the skin, the needles after a short while causes a feeling of tranquility and comfort on the patient throughout the whole session.  Worries of mild bleeding or bruises may be on the patient’s mind but in the hands of an experienced and highly qualified acupuncturist these apprehensions can be put to rest.  Also, the needles can be inserted in a way that causes the patient the least inconvenience.

Acupuncture for pain can be combined with other modalities.  Usually, Chinese herbal medicine goes with acupuncture for pain management.  There are some people who complement acupuncture treatment with painkillers, which is also OK.  Another important thing to note that unlike medications, acupuncture treatment does not cause any side effect.  Acupuncture is beneficial for lower backaches.  Physicians nowadays would recommend acupuncture treatment if no other Western therapies work out for their patients for lower back pain, joint pain, headaches and osteoarthritis.  Headaches caused by neck arthritis, migraines, tension and extreme stress are effectively addressed by acupuncture.

Pain that causes sleeplessness is one of the most unpleasant experiences a person can undergo.  Typically, the insertion of needles at specific sites of the body causes blood circulation to improve at the areas where pain is felt and also around the nervous system enabling the latter to function well.  The nervous system effectively mitigates the pain in the body and blood circulation in the affected area assures prompt healing and the relief of pain in that area.  The nervous system causes the mitigation of pain by releasing endorphins that overcomes the sensation of physical pain

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