Traditional Chinese Medical Treatment for Pain
Traditional Chinese Medicine views pain as a congestion of Qi (pronounced- Chee, energy) and/or blood in a given area. By inserting extremely thin, sterilized, and disposable needles into the area of pain as well as distal acupoints on the channel (or energetic pathway) the pain is on, local inflammation can be reduced, tight muscles can be released, and proper nerve conduction can flow. All of these factors will greatly reduce pain perception. Additionally, acupuncture is virtually free of side-effects, safe, and natural.
Acupuncture also causes a release of endorphins into the bloodstream. These natural “pain-killers” reduce the sensation of pain and increase serotonin levels contributing to the emotional health of the patient dealing with the stress of chronic pain.
In 1997, the National Institutes of Health (U.S.) officially recognized acupuncture as an effective treatment for pain. According to the 1997 NIH panel, clinical studies showed that acupuncture therapy is helpful in treating many types of chronic pain, including headaches, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, neck pain, low back pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome.