In January I had five cases of face pain - all in the same day, all had discovered the uselessness of conventional medicine in treating the condition, all had decided to try a different route. One of the patients - a trigeminal neuralgia case - asked me why I didn’t write an article about pain and acupuncture’s effects on painful conditions. Well, here is the article.
Pain is just one of the problems acupuncture is particularly good for. It doesn’t matter whether its origin is orthopedic or neurological. One of my teachers was very fond of saying that orthopedic and neurological problems were God’s gift to acupuncture. Over 35 years of practice in needling hundreds of pain cases, I would agree; there is no other medicine that can come close to what acupuncture can do.
I have successfully treated pain; it could be sciatica, migraine, bursitis, arthritis, neuralgias, plantar fascitis, carpal tunnel, muscle pain, bone pain, cancer pain, gout, post-surgical pain, tendonitis, ear pain, menstrual pain, in fact anywhere in the body. Neurological conditions respond just as well: neuropathy, drop foot, paralysis, Bell’s palsy vertigo, TMJ, again so many different conditions have passed through my hands. But this same success runs through all places where acupuncture is performed. The process is incredibly effective.
While there are theories and research into how medicine might work, no one answer has emerged. Most research has been hampered by the lack of testing mechanisms sophisticated enough to answer why and how the insertion of a very fine needle into a specific point does what it does. A patient often doesn’t care about the how and why. Just pain relief is foremost in his mind.
Anna, the patient who prodded me about an article sought help two years ago for facial neuralgia. With a very few acupuncture treatments, she was pain free. When the pain reappeared this year, she didn’t hesitate, back for more treatments. And again in a short while, the pain was gone. She was ecstatic and her doctor was amazed. Trigeminal neuralgia is a very difficult problem, drugs and surgery are the conventional options. So if some other way is able to help, why the hesitation?
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