With certain health conditions, acupuncture can be effective enough to reduce or eliminate the need to take drugs to control pain or symptoms. Additional benefits of acupuncture are faster recovery from injuries, decreased symptoms of stress and improved circulation.

Acupuncture has been clinically proven in the treatment of:

•Back pain
•Migraine
•Dental Pain
•Post Operative Nausea

The World Health Organization recognizes at least 40 conditions that respond well to acupuncture including:

•Stress disorders and Anxiety
•Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
•Arthritis
•Digestive disorders (including IBS)
•Respiratory disorders (such as Asthma)
•Chronic fatigue
•Menstrual disorders (PMS, endometriosis)
•Nicotine, Drug addiction & Alcoholism
•Insomnia
•Depression
•Infertility
•Skin Disorders (eczema, psoriasis)

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    • Hi Mike,

      Absolutely!
      Please see below for information on how acupuncture works to relieve this painful nerve impingement

      Sciatica, more accurately termed lumbar radiculopathy, is a syndrome involving nerve
      root impingement and/or inflammation that has progressed enough to cause
      neurological symptoms (e.g. pain, numbness, paraesthesia) in the areas that are
      supplied by the affected nerve root(s) (Tarulli 2007). Posterior sciatica involves pain
      that radiates along the posterior thigh and the posterolateral aspect of the leg, and is
      due to an S1 or L5 radiculopathy.

      Acupuncture can help relieve back pain and sciatica by:
      · stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of
      endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes the processing of pain in the
      brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz 1987, Zhao 2008).
      · reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors
      (Kavoussi 2007, Zijlstra 2003).
      · improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility by increasing local microcirculation (Komori
      2009), which aids dispersal of swelling.
      · causing a transient change in sciatic nerve blood flow, including circulation to the cauda
      equine and nerve root. This response is eliminated or attenuated by administration of
      atropine, indicating that it occurs mainly via cholinergic nerves (Inoue 2008).
      · influencing the neurotrophic factor signalling system, which is important in neuropathic
      pain (Dong 2006).
      · increasing levels of serotonin and noradrenaline, which can help reduce pain and speed
      nerve repair (Wang 2005).
      · improving the conductive parameters of the sciatic nerve (Zhang 2005).
      · promoting regeneration of the sciatic nerve (La 2005)

      In short: a combination of cupping (a type of massage using glass suction cups) and acupuncture help to relax tense muscles and improve blood supply, releasing the nerve impingement.

  1. Hi Angela
    My 11 year old daughter has been diagnoised with Complex Reginal Pain Syndrome. She cant make a fist, feet swelling, pain everywhere, skin very sensitive, sometimes cant even touch her, as it hurts! .

    • Hi Lesley,

      Thanks for getting in touch. I can only see up to the comment that it hurts, so forgive me if I’m not responding to anything you posted beyond this.

      I have never worked with children so I can gladly pass you some information about other acupuncturists in Liverpool who have more experience in this area. One of the greatest strengths of acupuncture is it’s ability to ease non specific pain. I’ve worked with various pain conditions in adults and seen truly remarkable results. Please feel free to email me at angela.valentine@gmail.com for further contact info.

      All the best!
      Angela

    • Hi Margaret,

      There can be several reasons for insomnia in Traditional Chinese Medicine but almost all patients report sleeping better after having treatment.

      Research has shown that acupuncture treatment may specifically be of benefit in people with insomnia by:

      Increasing nocturnal endogenous melatonin secretion (Spence et al 2004).

      Stimulating opioid (especially b-endorphin) production and µ-opioid receptor activity (Cheng et al 2009).
      increasing nitric oxide synthase activity and nitric oxide content, helping to promote normal function of brain tissues, which could help to regulate sleep (Gao et al 2007).

      Increasing cerebral blood flow (Yan 2010)
      reducing sympathetic nervous system activity, hence increasing relaxation (Lee 2009a)

      Regulating levels of neurotransmitters (or their modulators) such as serotonin, noradrenaline, dopamine, GABA and neuropeptide Y; hence altering the brains’s mood chemistry to help to increase relaxation and reduce tension (Lee 2009b; Samuels 2008; Zhou 2008).

      Give it a go!
      Hope this helps
      All the best
      Angela

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