10 Conditions That Respond Well to Acupuncture

10 Conditions That Respond Well to Acupuncture

Are you curious about acupuncture? You may have heard how it helped a friend or relative and now wonder whether it could help your condition. Here’s how acupuncture can be an effective element in a well-rounded treatment plan. 

At the Osteopathic Center for Healing in Rockville, Maryland, our outstanding providers, Neil Spiegel, DO, and Jennifer Gularson, PA-C, work to identify the underlying causes of your issues. Then we put together a treatment plan designed to address them. 

In some cases acupuncture becomes part of your overall treatment plan. 

Acupuncture has roots in ancient Chinese medicine, but there’s a good deal of modern scientific research to back it up. Acupuncture can aid in the treatment of numerous conditions, and in this post, we look at 10 of them. 

Chronic pain

Clinicians and patients are all too aware of pharmaceuticals as the primary treatment for chronic pain. Not using pain medications may help you avoid becoming a statistic of the opioid epidemic. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make living with pain any easier. 

Chronic low back pain can be notoriously difficult to treat, but acupuncture may help. We can use it alone or in conjunction with other therapies, such as physical therapy. Chronic neck pain, knee pain, and other specific areas of pain may also benefit from acupuncture. 

Menstrual cramps

If you have severe menstrual cramps, you may find your life disrupted for as much as a week or more per month. That’s potentially 25% of your life. Acupuncture could help you get that time back. 

Migraine and other chronic headaches

Migraine and chronic headaches cause intense pain and derail plans. It’s not always easy to identify triggers or find treatments that work. Acupuncture seems to trigger a healing response and may help lower the number of headaches you experience. 

Osteoarthritis

This most common form of arthritis is a degenerative condition with no known cure. It can limit your activities and cause stiffness, swelling, and pain. We may suggest acupuncture in combination with other therapies to improve your function. 

Cancer treatment side effects

Cancer treatment can cause numerous side effects, but some studies have shown that acupuncture may help ease the nausea, numbness, tingling, and other uncomfortable side effects of radiation. 

Unexplained infertility 

If you’re trying to become pregnant and your OB/GYN tells you that you have infertility, yet can’t explain why, you probably feel extremely frustrated. There’s limited evidence that acupuncture may be able to help in such cases. 

Allergies

By and large, research into the efficacy of acupuncture in treating allergies has been inconclusive. In some studies, one group received acupuncture and another group received a fake (placebo) treatment. Both groups reported improvement. 

Since there is very little risk involved in acupuncture, we might suggest that it could be worth trying if you struggle with allergies. 

Labor pain

If you love the idea of natural childbirth, but you’re not a fan of intense pain, you may want to learn about the use of acupuncture during labor. It’s low-risk and may lower anxiety as well as pain. 

Depression and anxiety

Depression and anxiety are closely linked with greater sensitivity to pain. Acupuncture may be a tool in your arsenal against these mental health disorders. 

Hypertension

If you’re looking for ways to lower your blood pressure naturally, you may want to give acupuncture a try. Hypertension may respond to acupuncture in conjunction with nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction. 

Are you ready to learn more? Schedule an appointment with us today.

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