Chinese Medicine and Pain Treatment
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is quite effective in treating a wide range of both chronic and acute pain conditions. Areas of pain addressed include: neck pain, sciatica, TMJ, arthritis, and abdominal and digestive pain, cancer pain, sinusitis, plantar fasciitis, neuropathy and post-surgical pain. You can obtain relief from low back pain, fibromyalgia and migraine headaches, to many gynecological issues including menstrual cramps, endometriosis, and breast pain.
Treatments include acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional counseling. I also work with your other medical specialists to integrate acupuncture and herbal remedies into your existing treatment plan.
Lower Back Pain
Up to 80 percent of people worldwide suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. According to a study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain, acupuncture is a safe and effective procedure for low-back pain, with remarkable effects lasting six months or longer for some individuals.
A chronic condition characterized by pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as fatigue and insomnia, fibromyalgia generally affects more women than men. A Mayo Clinic study showed that patients receiving acupuncture reported a noticeable reduction in symptoms.
Migraines and Tension Headaches
Tension headaches feature a constant, dull pain that starts at the back of the head or in the forehead and spreads over the entire head. Migraines are characterized by a sharp, throbbing pain that is often in one side of the head, as well as symptoms that include nausea, visual auras, and dizziness. Migraines are often triggered by stress, menstruation, food allergies, and muscular tension. My treatment plan for you may include five to ten acupuncture sessions over a two- to four-week period. Herbal medicine, supplements and dietary and lifestyle changes are often prescribed.
Neuropathy occurs when peripheral nerves are damaged due to lack of circulation, chemical imbalance, or trauma. It is commonly seen in patients with type II diabetes, HIV, or as a side effect from chemotherapy. Pain is often characterized by numbness or tingling in the hands and feet. Acupuncture can be quite effective at giving relief for this challenging condition, when little else may often be of help.