Acupuncture for Peripheral Neuropathy

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Acupuncture for Peripheral Neuropathy
By: | April 6, 2023

Peripheral neuropathy, also known as neuropathy, is a condition that affects the nerves in the peripheral nervous system, which includes the nerves in the arms, legs, hands, and feet. Symptoms of neuropathy include pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness.

Treatment for neuropathy depends on the underlying cause of the condition. If neuropathy is caused by a medical condition such as diabetes, it is important to first manage the underlying condition to help prevent further nerve damage. For example, if neuropathy is caused by diabetes, controlling blood sugar levels through diet, exercise, and medication can help to reduce symptoms and prevent further damage. 

Medications are a common treatment option for neuropathy. Antidepressants and anticonvulsants can help to reduce pain, while medications such as capsaicin cream, lidocaine patch, and gabapentin can be used to target specific symptoms. 

However, many come to our clinic because they do not want to take or keep taking these medications listed above or get surgeries.  Those who prefer to manage neuropathy in more natural way, acupuncture can be one of the best choices.

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the insertion of thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of Qi (often translated as energy and oxygen) and promote healing. It has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of conditions, including neuropathy.

Research has shown that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for neuropathy. In one study, patients with diabetic neuropathy who received acupuncture experienced significant improvements in pain, numbness, and tingling compared to those who received a sham treatment. Another study found that acupuncture was more effective than medication in reducing pain and improving quality of life in patients with neuropathy.

The mechanism by which acupuncture works for neuropathy is not fully understood, but it is thought to be related to its ability to stimulate the release of pain-relieving chemicals in the body, such as endorphins and serotonin. Acupuncture may also help to improve blood flow and reduce inflammation, both of which can contribute to neuropathic pain.

Overall, acupuncture can be an effective treatment for neuropathy, providing relief from pain and other symptoms without the side effects associated with medications. If you are suffering from neuropathy, call us to book initial consultations to find out whether acupuncture may be a good option for you.

It is important to note that treatment for neuropathy can be a long-term process and may involve a combination of different therapies.  It is best to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific case.

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