If you have questions regarding the efficacy of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for pain management, you are invited to visit our site for information on pain management with traditional Oriental medicine.
Pain is the most common symptom which patients bring to the physician, but many disorders which cause pain are chronic conditions. Acute pain and pain from trauma can usually be treated very successfully with acupuncture and moxabustion, but pains lasting more than six months will probably need more comprehensive pain management.
Because acupuncture has so often been discussed and studied for painful conditions, and have been found helpful in so many varieties of disorder, many people have heard of this aspect of acupuncture. However, they may not have considered the much lower risk of traditional medicines when compared with powerful drugs and surgery. And, because most pain problems become more complex with time, we always advise a patient considering pain management with acupuncture and traditional medicine to act without excessive delay.
The results of acute pain management with Oriental techniques are often very satisfying to the patient in terms of pain relief, decrease of swelling, and return to function. Side effects of drugs can be reduced or eliminated, and some people can decrease their drug intake significantly.
Ongoing research reveals new risks for many classes of drugs, and this has resulted in increasing interest in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of chronic pain.
Treating chronic 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 moderate to severe levels of chronic pain. At our site you will find more information on acupuncture to treat pain utilizing traditional Oriental medicine principles.
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 Chinese medicine since 1972 and has practiced acupuncture and Chinese herbal 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.