acupuncture - a holistic approach to pain relief
acupuncture for pain management
Acupuncture plays an important role in the elimination of pain, and is a valuable alternative choice for the treatment of acute and chronic pain conditions. In 1997, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducted an extensive review of the scientific evidence for acupuncture. According to the panel, clear evidence supports acupuncture’s efficacy for chronic conditions that benefit from the control of pain and inflammation, enhanced circulation, endocrine and immune function, and the reduction of stress. The panel found a number of conditions for which acupuncture is extremely useful as an adjunct or alternative therapy, particularly if it is included in a “comprehensive management program.” These conditions include: carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, headache, low back pain, menstrual cramps, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, tennis elbow, etc. (NIH p.2).
Acupuncture is a holistic method of encouraging the body to promote its own natural healing and to improve overall functioning. The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the body to produce natural steroids and release endorphins. Steroids decrease inflammation, while endorphins inhibit pain. These substances are 50 to 100 times more potent in relieving pain than are many prescription drugs, and play an integral role in the elimination of the pain cycle.
To date, Western medicine has not had a great deal of success in providing substantial pain relief solutions. The most popular forms of treatment are pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs. Unfortunately, these options are not effective and often produce side effects that are more troublesome than the condition itself. In addition, prescribed opiates have the potential to become addictive.
Acupuncture is a safe, painless alternative, and a very effective procedure for eliminating or relieving pain. Acupuncture can greatly enhance the effect of other therapies, as well as reduce unwanted side effects from conventional medicine, because it:
- stimulates the body’s natural healing.
- quickly reduces pain and inflammation, and relaxes muscles.
- increases circulation to speed up recovery time.
- maintains longer-term positive results and prevents recurrence.
- reduces pain without the prolonged use of drugs and surgical intervention.
- promotes physical and emotional well-being.
- enhances endocrine and immune function.
- lowers cost (acupuncture treatments are less expensive).
- fully integrates with other therapies.
To enhance and influence the overall function of the body’s natural coordination systems, thereby eliminating pain and suffering as soon as possible through acupuncture care. To serve humanity by educating our patients about maintaining and exceeding their optimal health expectations, as well as to improve wellness and quality of life through our healing process.
Dr. Zhou offers a free initial consultation and will: review your case history; gain a thorough understanding of your goals; and examine your entire system through tongue, pulse and palpation. During this process, Dr. Zhou often discovers underlying causes, problems that have not yet shown up as symptoms, and/or subtle signs of imbalance that indicate future illness. She puts together all these composites and gives you a clear, personalized assessment and treatment plan. Treatment usually includes a combination of acupuncture, electrical stimulation, moxibustion (application of heat to the skin), cupping (application of suction to the skin) and herbal medicine. Because acupuncture healing is holistic, Dr. Zhou counsels patients about wellness concepts such as diet, exercise, lifestyle changes and stress management. Many of our patients have seen a multitude of other doctors. We are the alternative choice that makes a lasting difference!
Conditions We Treat
- Joint Pain, Arthritis, Osteoarthritis
- Back/Neck Pain, Whiplash, Degenerative Discs
- Fibromyalgia, Myofascial Pain, Tennis Elbow
- Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Endometriosis, Menstrual Cramp
- Sports/Work/Auto Injuries
- Postoperative Pain
- Migraine, Headaches
- Malignant Pain
Many of our patients have experienced the effectiveness of treatment within the first two to four sessions; others have experienced significant relief in severe pain, swelling and stiffness by the time they have experienced six to 10 acupuncture treatments. For acute pain, even one or two treatments can be very helpful. More treatment may be required to control the pain from malignancies or progressive disorders.
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” I believe that I would never have been able to continue have a normal life without the help of her acupuncture treatment and Chinese herbs” – Cathy W
“Acupuncture and few lifestyle changes helped us to get to where we are today… the proud parents of our precious little girl” – Robin & Clary