Many people are learning to live with chronic pain and are not consulting a specialist to help alleviate the daily pain. In some cases, ignorance of the pathology or the widespread belief that aging means living with pain, many do not receive the appropriate treatment capable of removing pain, slowing the pathology’s evolution and thus improving their quality of life.
We are currently living in a new era in medicine as alternative medicine is being added to traditional medicine, which combined to achieve better outcomes in chronic pain inhibition. Acupuncture is one of those techniques that gains adherents every day.
In 49 diseases and disorders, acupuncture is effective
This traditional Chinese technique stems from the body’s conception as a network of interconnected points through which energy flows. When that energy is blocked or stagnated in the channel, the pain occurs. By inserting thin metal needles, acupuncture is intended to stimulate anatomical locations on the skin. Their placement in specific areas of the body called acupuncture points enables better electrical conduction that can cause biological reactions in the patient. In this way, they (acupuncturists) cause stimuli in the nervous, hormonal and immune system that restore the body to an equilibrium state.
This is its effectiveness, which has been described by the World Health Organization as an effective option against pain. Moreover, in at least 49 diseases and disorders, it is effective. Especially in treating low back pain, postoperative pain, and fibromyalgia, neuropathic, joint and musculoskeletal pain, it has shown great advantages. It also acts at levels of the hormonal and nervous system. Although it is a simple and painless technique, it is not completely harmless, special care should be taken in pregnant patients, in infected areas, patients with problems with blood clotting or severe neurological or psychiatric disorders.
It has been shown that acupuncture has advantages in treating chronic pain, but also in many other aspects, such as improving physical recovery, digestion or stress reduction, anxiety, and depression. It was also seen as improving blood circulation as it regulates blood flow in favor of nutrient and oxygen contribution in the body. This traditional Chinese medicine method has been used in various hospitals across Europe and the U.S. for several years and has already begun to be implemented in some Middle East centers to treat chronic pain and improve patient quality of life.
Often, medicines are not sufficient to treat chronic pain, but there are alternative therapies that are successful in addressing this condition. Although the pain is supposed to be good because it warns us of injuries, infections or diseases, when it never goes away it is not so useful.