acupuncture and pain

acupuncture and pain

Easily the most common complaint that brings people to the doctor is pain. Before treating pain, it is necessary to diagnose whether the pain requires further evaluation or immediate attention from a surgeon or an emergency room. However, many of the patients who seek out acupuncture or herbal medicine solutions have already been exhaustively tested and treated without satisfactory results. In addition, it is a fact that surgery may not be successful in all cases, or there are still symptoms remaining after a procedure. Drugs have side effects that may be unacceptable or add unnecessary risks.

Have you ever wondered about treating pain with acupuncture? In the Oriental tradition, one of the most important methods of treatment for pain is acupuncture. Pain from a variety of conditions, including headache, arthritis, premenstrual pain, post surgical pain syndromes, pain from injuries, pain from motor vehicle accidents and falls, sports related injuries, occupational injuries, trigeminal neuralgia and other neuropathies can often be decreased by acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

My own experience suggests that acupuncture and Chinese herbology are more effective and much less unpleasant and dangerous than surgery, steroids, NSAIDs, injections, antidepressants, and anticonvulsant drugs to treat pain. Compared to these methods of treatment, acupuncture therapy has many fewer side effects and lower risks.

Pain has various manifestations, including itching, burning, sharp and aching qualities. It may be made worse with weather changes, as was once known as "rheumatism". Though the word is not widely accepted among physicians, the condition still exists, and may require Chinese medicinals as well as moxabustion.

Acupuncture therapy and traditional Oriental medicine prepared from different plants are applied to each condition according to the Oriental methods of evaluation. A disease may cause different patterns of symptoms and signs in different people. Each would receive a different therapy. Sometimes the same therapy can help different diseases also, so it takes an expert in Oriental medicine to coordinate your treatment.

Treating pain with acupuncture will often require a series of treatments to determine the response. This is especially true for long standing problems and those that have not responded to any Western treatment. With time, conditions become more complex and affect more areas of your body. Powerful drugs can also interfere with the effect of acupuncture and may have to be reduced as you begin to respond to treatment. Although I have seen occasional patients who are better after only one or two treatments, most patients need to commit to at least 3 months or more of treatment if they have serious and chronic pain. At our site we give you a lot of information on acupuncture to treat pain utilizing traditional medicine.

Time will prove that traditional methods of treatment like acupuncture will help to reduce medical costs and improve results. The suffering of disease can be reduced by the methods discovered by ancient physicians. The best medicine is proportional medicine, applying the remedy without undue risk and side effects. Traditional medicines, like acupuncture, should be considered before using the more powerful and risky methods of Western medicine.

Dr. L.B. Grotte, M.D., was the first physician in Ohio to be board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. He has studied Oriental medicine since 1972 and has practiced Oriental medicine in Cleveland since 1980. Our small practice specializes in creating individualized treatment plans combining Western and Oriental methods. Call us at 440-461-7488 to make an appointment or visit our website for more information.

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