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Acute and Chronic Pain

Traditional Chinese Medicine has gained broad acceptance in the western medical community for the effective treatment of pain. 

At Point of Health Acupuncture, we use a variety of techniques to alleviate acute and chronic pain including: Dr. Tan's Balance Method, cupping, electro-acupuncture and tui na (Chinese therapeutic massage). We offer herbal medicine and pain relieving liniments to extend the benefit of your acupuncture treatment and speed healing at home.

Download our brochure on Acute and Chronic Pain and contact a Point of Health Acupuncture practitioner to discuss treatment for your acute or chronic pain. 

For more general information on how Traditional Chinese Medicine treats pain, click on the links below. 

Acupuncture to treat pain triggers the release of a pain-reducing molecule called adenosine in mice.   

Article describing one of the largest clinical studies comparing the use of acupuncture to conventional treatments for low back pain. Acupuncture as well as so-called "sham" acupuncture are both shown to be more effective than conventional treatment for low back pain. 

Amazing article describing a study that underlines the importance of "de qi" acupuncture needle sensation. Twisting the acupuncture needle is found to trigger the release of anti-inflammatory chemicals responsible for pain relief.

Press release by the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) describing a study that used brain scans to prove acupuncture induces clear metabolic brain changes to eliminate pain.

Survey of pediatric patients with chronic, severe pain found acupuncture to be pleasant and helpful. 

Manual and electro-acupuncture found to improve the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis pain with no loss of benefits one month after completing acupuncture treatment.  

Deep acupuncture needling to obtain "de qi" acupuncture needle sensation found to deactivate areas of the limbic system in the brain responsible for pain perception.