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Acupuncture is a PROVEN and EFFECTIVE Tool to Combat Chronic Pain

by Stacy Lauren-Kon, Lac MSOM

Acupuncture is a PROVEN and EFFECTIVE Tool to Combat Chronic Pain, Mend Family Acupuncture and Healthcare in Los Angeles, CA

Acupuncture is an EFFECTIVE and PROVEN treatment for chronic pain. It is not "Alternative" or "New Age" Healthcare. Even though it has been around for over 3,000 years, it has been modernized and IS a component of modern medicine. Go into many Emergency Rooms and Urgent Cares and you will see an in-house Acupuncturist. Many private practices also have in-house Acupuncturists or have a favorite Acupuncturist that they refer patients to. During my own studies I had the honor of working at The University of Southern California in conjunction with their Western medical students and enjoyed sharing protocols and swapping advice together. At Mend, I am proud to share and cross-refer with many local Western Dr.'s.

Let’s talk about some ways in which Acupuncture works for pain:

1) Acupuncture activates endorphins – Acupuncture has been shown to stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals produced by the body. Endorphins can help reduce pain perception and provide relief from chronic pain.

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2) Acupuncture modulates neurotransmitters – Acupuncture has been found to influence the levels of various neurotransmitters in the body, such as serotonin and dopamine, which play a role in pain perception. By modulating these neurotransmitters, acupuncture can help regulate pain signals and provide relief from chronic pain.

3) Acupuncture had anti-inflammatory effects – Chronic pain is often associated with inflammation in the body. Acupuncture has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects by reducing the production of inflammatory chemicals and promoting the release of anti-inflammatory substances, which can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.

4) Acupuncture improves blood circulation – Acupuncture can improve blood circulation in the body, which can help promote healing and reduce pain. Enhanced blood flow to the affected areas can provide nourishment and oxygen to the tissues, promote tissue repair, and relieve pain associated with poor circulation.

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5) Acupuncture modulates your nervous system – Acupuncture has been found to affect the nervous system, including the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system. By modulating nerve activity, acupuncture can help reduce pain signals, improve nerve function, and alleviate chronic pain.

6) Acupuncture IS Holistic Medicine – Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) which takes a holistic approach to health and wellness. TCM views the body as a whole, and acupuncture treatments are often customized to address the underlying imbalances in the body that may be contributing to chronic pain, such as energy blockages or disruptions in the flow of Qi (vital energy).

Acupuncture is a PROVEN and EFFECTIVE Tool to Combat Chronic Pain, Mend Family Acupuncture and Healthcare in Los Angeles, CA

7) Acupuncture has no adverse effects – Acupuncture is completely safe when performed by a trained and licensed acupuncturist. It is a non-invasive procedure that does not rely on medications, and it has minimal side effects compared to other pain management options, such as medications or invasive procedures. However, when performed by anyone other than a licensed Acupuncturist (MD, ND, Chiropractor, PT…..) there is the chance of pneumothorax and other injuries. 

So now you know some ways that Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine can alleviate and prevent pain in your life. I know times are hard for many and Mend strives to keep the cost of a visit affordable so we can save you money in the long-run! If you do the math, weekly Acupuncture is by far a better investment than going to Starbucks every day! 

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