Comprehensive Acupuncture Pain Management

How can acupuncture help pain?

Acupuncture’s role in controlling pain is supported by laboratory and clinical research. Acupuncture can play a role in the management of both acute and chronic pain because:

  1. Acupuncture is useful in the treatment of muscle spasm, thereby breaking the pain cycle.
  2. Research shows that acupuncture causes the body to produce steroids, which decrease inflammation.
  3. Acupuncture provokes the production of endorphins; the body’s natural pain killers. This contributes to the breaking of the pain cycle. Many neurotransmitters are also affected by acupuncture, and changes in these may affect pain transmission from irritated nerves.
  4. Acupuncture can improve sense of well-being. Improvement in mood, sleep, and overall relaxation may decrease spasm and enable people to better perform physical therapy and maintain activity.
  5. If pain can be reduced with acupuncture, need for medications is eliminated or reduced, thereby decreasing the risk of side effects including sedation, which may decrease compliance with physical therapy and reduce activity.
  6. Acupuncture offers possibilities for treatment when people have been told “nothing can be done.
  7. Acupuncture offers possibilities for treatment when people have been told “everything has been done.
  8. By reducing acute pain, acupuncture may make chronic pain less likely to occur.
  9. Acupuncture has little risk of worsening the condition.

What is Comprehensive Acupuncture Pain Management?

In Dr. Yan’s Comprehensive Acupuncture Pain Management, pain is targeted with the following protocols:
Body acupuncture: this is the most traditional type of acupuncture. Needles are inserted in places selected among 400 acupoints all over the body to stimulate the flow of Qi (energy). Points are selected according to:

  • Painful areas
  • TCM diagnosis
  • Western Medicine diagnosis
  • Tranquilizing points

In the meanwhile, different needling techniques, namely reinforcing, reducing and electric stimulation will be selected according to the patient’s body constitution and diagnosis of the pain.

Auricular acupuncture: our ear can be viewed as an upside down fetus. There are about 90 points distributed on the auricle which correspond to the whole body surface and internal organs. Stimulating these points by either plant seeds or very fine needles can also achieve excellent pain killing results for a comparatively longer period of time.

Wrist-Ankle acupuncture: there are respectively 6 points around the wrist and the ankle which correspond to six regions of the body. Stimulating these points can relieve very acute pain and bring back mobility quickly. This method is commonly applied in sports injury.

Tuina (Chinese therapeutic massage), acupressure and cupping are also the modalities that Dr. Yan may apply according to each individual case in her Comprehensive Acupuncture Pain Management.

What kinds of pain can be treated by acupuncture?

Orthopedic Disorders

  • Peripheral arthritis of shoulder (frozen shoulder)
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Low back pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cervical spondylosis (neck pain)

Neurological Disorders

  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Intercostal neuralgia (shingles)

Internal Medicine & Gynecology

  • Stomach pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Cholecystitis & Gallstone
  • Kidney stone
  • Cancer pain
  • Dysmenorrheal

How is the result?

People respond to Acupuncture differently. If you are a brand new patient to acupuncture, Dr. Yan will start the treatment with a very gentle stimulation. According to your response to the 1st treatment, she will adjust the level of stimulation in the following visits. A minimal 60% relief of pain can be guaranteed after 6 times of treatment