Back when I was in medical school, I injured my shoulder helping a friend move some heavy furniture. I was in unbearable pain and anti-inflammatory supplements just weren’t cutting it. It just so happened I had an acupuncture class the next day and when I told my teacher, Dr. Deng, how much pain I was in, he stuck a needle in my scalp and asked me if my shoulder still hurt. Remarkably, it did not. I know this sounds unbelievable to anyone who hasn’t experienced acupuncture, but I no longer felt the throbbing pain in my shoulder. I was amazed. How could a needle in my scalp bring that type of relief?
Millions of people suffer from pain. In fact, pain relief is one of the top reasons people visit their doctor. Acupuncture is a wonderfully gentle form of therapeutic healing from one of the world’s oldest societies, China. Forms of it are estimated to go back anywhere from 3000 to 8000 years.
The philosophy involves the flow of energy through the body. When the energy flow gets blocked, as it does with injury or illness, it can cause stagnation and pain. Tiny needles, about the thickness of a hair, are inserted in various points in the body to promote proper energy flow that provides nourishment and healing to all of the tissues in the body.
Acupuncture also promotes proper circulation to carry nutrients and the body’s own anti-inflammatory chemicals to the injured area better as well as remove waste products and dead tissue. Conventional treatments for chronic pain usually involve pain relief medication which only masks the pain. But these meds sometimes do more harm than good because they tear up our digestive system, weaken connective tissue, and do nothing to help the body heal. Acupuncture balances the body naturally, gently and effectively without side effects.
My shoulder injury was severe enough that I required acupuncture combined with additional rehabilitations. It relieved the pain of the injury, which prevented me from needing pain relievers!
Acupuncture is an extremely effective and gentle, natural pain reliever that also promotes the body’s ability to heal itself.
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