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Stomach Ache

PAIN RELIEF

In the United States, chronic pain affects millions of individuals, with an estimated 20% of adults experiencing persistent discomfort. While conventional treatments such as medication and surgical procedures have been the go-to options, there is a growing recognition of the limitations and potential risks associated with these approaches. This has led many people to seek alternative solutions, and acupuncture has emerged as a key contender. With its remarkable track record, backed by scientific research, acupuncture offers a unique and effective pathway to pain relief. By tapping into the body's innate healing mechanisms, acupuncture not only provides symptomatic relief but also addresses the underlying imbalances contributing to the pain. As we delve into the possibilities of acupuncture, we invite you to discover how this time-honored practice can unlock the door to a life free from chronic pain (1). Many research have shown the efficacy of acupuncture vs sham acupuncture or no acupuncture treatment. 

Here are some key points explaining how acupuncture can help with pain relief:

  • Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body.

  • It stimulates the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body (2).

  • Acupuncture helps to modulate the perception of pain by activating the body's natural pain-regulating mechanisms.

  • It promotes blood circulation, which can reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.

  • Acupuncture can stimulate the nervous system, triggering the release of neurotransmitters that reduce pain signals.

  • It can help relax muscles and reduce muscle tension, providing relief for musculoskeletal pain.

  • Acupuncture has been found effective in treating various types of pain, including back pain, neck pain, migraines, osteoarthritis, and postoperative pain.

  • It offers a holistic approach by addressing both the symptoms and underlying causes of pain.

  • Acupuncture is generally safe when performed by a trained and licensed acupuncturist.

  • It can be used as a standalone treatment or in combination with other conventional medical therapies for enhanced pain relief.

 

Please note that while acupuncture has shown positive effects in pain management, individual responses may vary, and it's important to consult our providers for personalized advice and treatment.

References

(1) MacPherson H, Vertosick EA, Foster NE, Lewith G, Linde K, Sherman KJ, Witt CM, Vickers AJ; Acupuncture Trialists' Collaboration. The persistence of the effects of acupuncture after a course of treatment: a meta-analysis of patients with chronic pain. Pain. 2017 May;158(5):784-793. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000747. PMID: 27764035; PMCID: PMC5393924.

(2) Wang LN, Wang XZ, Li YJ, Li BR, Huang M, Wang XY, Grygorczyk R, Ding GH, Schwarz W. Activation of Subcutaneous Mast Cells in Acupuncture Points Triggers Analgesia. Cells. 2022 Feb 25;11(5):809. doi: 10.3390/cells11050809. PMID: 35269431; PMCID: PMC8909735.

 

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