Acupuncture Treatment on Pain Management
Pain Control by Acupuncture
Acupuncture is an alternative medicine, which is a primary health care modality that has flourished in China for over 3,000 years and is widely used throughout Asia and Europe. It is a therapy that uses natural laws and energetics with the application of needles and pressure to specific points on the body, which are grouped along specific pathways or meridians that cross the body. As long as the energy flows freely through these pathways, health is maintained.
Acupuncture is the philosophy of view that the body is a complex energy network. Ancient Chinese divided this energy into Yin and Yang, the two opposite aspects that are at once in conflict and interdependent of each other. Not only does this concept involve energy, but also it actually encompasses everything in the material world. This division of energy into its polarities is sometimes described as a system of opposites, such as back and front, hot and cold, male and female.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
The endorphin hypothesis, discovered by Dr. Bruce Pomeranz, M.D., Ph.D. from University of Toronto, Canada in 1976 proposed that acupuncture analgesia is a result of peripheral nerve stimulation which sends impulse to the brain to release endorphin, a natural opiate, and thus causing analgesia to relieve pain. Point locations are especially sensitive to stimulation and may be part of a defense and protective system.
Acupuncture, the Drug-free Treatment
Acupuncture and Natural Medicine are noninvasive means of relieving pain, stress and muscle tension and stimulating neurological activity without the use of pharmaceutics. They are effective not only as a preventive medicine, but a drug-free treatment of signs and symptoms. The World Health Organization of the U.N. has publicly announced successful treatment of over forty illnesses with the use of acupuncture. It is intriguing of how the migration of an ancient art of healing through time and across culture, has initiated a new synthesis of ideas and application as it interacts with economy and culture of our health care system.
Diet for Chronic Pain Patients:
Avoid all processed foods, especially white sugar, white flour products, packaged snack foods such as potato chips and candy bars. Also avoid coffee, strong tea (weak tea with milk and honey is okay), very acidic foods (tomatoes, citrus fruits and juices, vinegar), fried foods, charcoal-broiled meat, chocolate and MSG. Avoid hard liquor, use wine and beer with meals only when needed.
- Eat several but small and balanced meals daily.
- Fruit eaten with meat or cheese makes it more easily assimilated.
- All fruits and vegetables must be FRESH – not frozen nor canned.
- Herb teas can be calming, such as chamomile or comfrey.