As Western Medicine trys to understand Acupuncture; some
MDs are offering a decent modal of what the see is being accomplished by its application:
A Biomedical Explanation:
"The main benefits of Acupuncture can be summarized as follows:"
- Normalization of Autonomic Nervous Dysfunction
- Control of Pain
- Control of Addictions
-Dr J. Wong MD, PhD.
Despite Western Medicine's rapid advances in many areas Doctors and Patients are still looking for
an effective treatment of pain without the deleterious side effects of pharmaceuticals: Acupuncture involves a physical, invasive stimulus which generates
an impulse to the nervous system upon insertion. The Pathway of the impulse produced by the needle-stimulus most likely involves
the following → Peripheral Nerves, Spinal Nerves, Spinal
Cord, Mid-brain, Hypothalamus, Thalamus, Cerebral Cortex In these Nervous system structures biochemical influences occur involving hormones and neurotransmitters (Known as 'Qi' & 'Substances' in Chinese Medicine) influencing pain transmission.
Acupuncture generates the following changes in Inflammation by improving
• Subsidence of swelling
• Normalization of
local temperature to injured tissues
Relief of pain, restored flexibility, increased ROM
Restoration of normal functioning
♦ Pre or Post-operative
Pain remains the most common
reason for a visit to a physician in the U.S with a total cost of
over $100 Billion annually; Chronic pain (pain for a period of more than 6-8 weeks) can be debilitating and is the leading
cause of morbidity worldwide. Persistent pain or 'chronic pain syndrome' has documented economic, social and psychological
implications; Chronic pain commonly bring issues with sleep, stress, diet, weight, mood and addictions; Acupuncture tailored to your particular pain experience will aim to improve treatment outcomes and improve your
quality of life:
Acupuncture aims to
1. Control or Eliminate the pain
2. Help the body cope with the pain
•It is commonly known that Acupuncture promotes regeneration and healing:
EMG studies have shown an enhanced recovery from traumatic peripheral nerve injury even when muscles are partially de-nervated.
As far back as the1970s physician's used electrical stimulus to regenerate bone; physical stimulus + the meridian stimulus
+ electric field in concert promote regeneration and healing.
•Acupuncture aims to facilitate the patient's own pain-relief mechanism through the Peripheral and Central nervous systems: breaking the vicious cycle of
prescription pain medication overuse + side-effects acts to improve the patient's overall well-being.
•Good pain management
is very responsive to the Holistic Approach; Acupuncture is also useful in
the control of depression, fatigue, constipation, impotence/loss of libido, sleep or mood disorders and addictions.
•Acupuncture has been found to be effective for both pathological and physiological pain while TCM's holistic diagnostic approach is superior in meeting
the individual needs of the patient dealing with Chronic pain.