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Nerve Pain Treated with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine


Acupuncture Can Treat Nerve Pain

If you or a loved one are experiencing nerve pain in the legs and feet (peripheral neuropathy) you can get help through acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Having nerve pain is really intense. Sufferers complain of numbness and tingling, plus a burning sensation. Recently, I had three patients in one week that had nerve-type pain from peripheral neuropathy who sought me out to see if Chinese Medicine and acupuncture could relieve their symptoms. So far in every case, acupuncture and Chinese Medicine relieved the nerve pain in their legs and feet.

One type of nerve pain is called peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy translates as nerve pain to the extremities, where in general, the sensory nerves are affected. This causes not only sensations of pain, but numbness and tingling or a “pins and needles” sensation. This condition can be caused by drugs, diabetes, or idiopathic (no known cause). Medications for nerve pain prescribed are anti-depressants and anti-convulsion.

Each of these three cases was slightly different. The only common thread was that each patient was having trouble finding relief from the nerve pain. Testing and imaging showed nothing useful, and their doctor could only prescribe pharmaceuticals… so they decided to try acupuncture. Remember: Chinese Medicine is a way of looking at the body much differently than a western doctor, whether it be a physician, chiropractor, or physical therapist. It’s not just about needles. 

  • A 46-year-old woman was relieved in the first visit. Her friend’s dog knocked her over and she was suffering for a week with symptoms of nerve pain from her hip to her foot on one leg. She also had swelling in the ankle. Since she was a regular patient, we relieved the pain within one visit with acupuncture and cupping.
  • A 45-year-old male patient had numbness and tingling from his hip down to his foot. It occurred five months ago, after his back went out. He was initially treated with an epidural shot, which only gave him mild relief. Over several months, the numbness was getting worse, and he noticed his gate was changing. We were able to change the sensation of his feelings within the first treatment, after numerous visits to a chiropractor. I believe with continued visits to me and his chiropractor, his condition will be resolved.
  • A 65-year-old woman had numbness and tingling with an intense burning sensation in both legs that did not subside all day. Her nerve pain was idiopathic. The first treatment resolved her burning sensation, and the second visit resolved her tingling sensation during the day. She is back to her regular activities.

My treatments are one hour long. Often there is cupping, moxibustion, or guasha done along with acupuncture. The more I treat pain, the more I see the root is from a previous injury, trauma, or more often: emotion. Treating neuropathy or neuralgia in two or three treatments with acupuncture is possible, but taking the journey down to the roots will take awhile. If not, the patient merely gets treated for their manifesting issue, and it is very likely that another problem will soon arise. Next, we will treat that manifestation and the cycle will repeat. Patients that stick to a monthly visit thwart these new symptoms because we are consistently peeling back the layers of the body, mind, and spirit.

For more reasons to seek acupuncture go here!  Five Reasons I Seek Acupuncture as an Acupuncturist

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