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What kind of pain can be treated effectively by acupuncture?

The most popular application of acupuncture is to treat pains, though acupuncture is also extremely useful for treating many other conditions. According to the report presented by WHO (World Health Organisation), acupuncture has well been demonstrated to be very effective and useful for all the following pains or the conditions which cause pain:

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Abdominal pain
Back pain
Cancer pain
Craniocerebral injury
Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Headache
Knee pain
Labour pain
Low back pain
Neck pain
Osteoarthritis
Pain due to endoscopic examination
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
Periarthritis of shoulder
Postoperative pain
Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome

Rheumatoid arthritis
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Spine pain, acute
Sports injuries
Stiff neck
Tennis elbow


How does acupuncture work on pains?
 

There are many therapies that attempt to stop pain. Most of them mask the pain while hoping the body is able to heal itself or push the body to heal faster while offering limited pain relief. Acupuncture is an extremely powerful and effective approach to treat pain because it decreases pain levels as it stimulates the body's healing response. Acupuncture resolves pain by affecting several pain pathways and healing responses at the same time:

  • raise endorphin levels and diminish the nervous system's pain response
  • decrease inflammation and swelling
  • relax muscles and stop spasms
  • increase circulation to the local area

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Why better effects can usually be achieved when acupuncture is combined with Chinese Massage or Chinese Herbal Therapy ?

The body is a highly complicated system linked by a network of meridian channels. From the holistic point of view, the problem of an organ may influence other organs, and the status of other organs will influence the recovery process of the problematic organ. Therefore, pain is far from being an isolated and limited local problem of the site where pain is felt. This is why Chinese Medicine always use the combination of acupuncture, herbal therapy and massage to treat pains: acupuncture reaches the meridian channel system (network), herbal therapy approached the internal deepth of the body whilst massage is un-replaceable on enhancing local recovery processes.


Further reading sources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-483772/Acupuncture-provides-twice-pain-relief-standard-medicine.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4631930.stm