Millions of Americans are suffering from all kinds of pain each year. No matter how severe or minor ache these pain are, any discomfort on a part of the body could negatively affect the quality of one’s life. Pain not only frustrates and depresses the person with pain but often affects others around the person. Patients often take pain medications to control the pain temporarily, or at some circumstances, have surgeries; however, either of the treatments is not without some problems or risks. Pharmaceutical drugs have a lot of side effects, and you may need to live with them continuously. Unsuccessful surgery can leave the patient with additional pain or damage.Acupuncture is another option. It is a safe and effective natural approach to eliminating pain. Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that Qi, a vital life energy force, travels through channels in the body to nourish the tissues and organs. These channels, called Meridians, are like rivers within the body. Pain and diseases occur when the circulation of Qi is halted, whether by injuries, emotional change, or other influences. Acupuncture restores the flow of Qi by inserting needles into the acupuncture points on the Meridians, thus helping to cure disease, stop pain, and restore harmony.How acupuncture works on pain has been the subject of much scientific research. One theory suggests that the needle insertion stimulates the production of endorphin, the body’s natural pain-killing chemical substances produced by the brain. Another theory suggests that the stimulation of the acupuncture points prevents pain impulses from traveling to and reaching the brain. The effectiveness of acupuncture for relieving the pain sensation has been long proven by the use of acupuncture for anesthetics in a wide range of operations that varies from minor procedures to open heart surgeries in China. The witnessing of this type of acupuncture anesthesia by American doctors played a key role for the introduction of Traditional Chinese Medicine to the United States. Over the a long period of use in Asia and now starting to in the United States, acupuncture has been proven as a safe and effective method for pain relief.Pain conditions that acupuncture can help with include:
Headaches, Migraine & Trigeminal Pain Neck pain, Back pain & Sciatica Tennis elbow & Frozen Shoulder Arthritis, Tendonitis & Joint pain Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Shingles Menstrual Pain Fibromyalgia Pain caused by Auto or Sport Injuries Pain caused by some cancers.
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