Pain and Acupuncture
According to the American Pain Foundation, more than 50 million Americans live with chronic pain caused by various diseases or disorders, and each year nearly 25 million people suffer with acute pain as a result of injury or surgery. Left untreated, pain will inevitably lead to a further deterioration of health, wellness and quality of life.
Traditional Chinese Medical defines pain as an obstruction or a decrease in the normal qi and blood flow in the channels or organs. The obstruction can come in the form of trauma, either acute or repetitive, or a deficiency of energy causing the area to become weak, due to a lack of support.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can successfully treat many types of pain. It is well documented that acupuncture facilitates the body's natural healing response by:
- Activating the central nervous system, which releases endorphins (the body's natural pain killer) and regulates serotonin levels.
- Increasing circulation
- Decreasing inflammation and swelling
- Decreasing muscle spasms
Acupuncture works by returning the body to a calm and restful state. It helps the body cope with pain by promoting relaxation, improving sleep and relieving stress.