Our ability to feel pain is the body's warning system. When we feel pain, we know that there is something wrong within our bodies. Sometimes the cause is easy to pinpoint (i.e. a sprain or menstrual cramping) and other times it takes much more of an investigation to determine the cause (i.e. fibromyalgia or IBS).
In either case, Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has has a profound effect on the elimination of pain for thousands of years.
While the effects of acupuncture and chinese medicine have traditionally been explained in terms of energy flow dynamics (Qi or Chi), science has shown that acupuncture may work at least partly by directly affecting the function of the nervous system.
Acupuncture stimulation has been shown to release central nervous system endorphins and spinal cord dynorphins, explaining part of its mechanism of action.
It has also been shown to promote the release of the chemicals that activates the adrenal glands, affect chemicals that are known to be involved in mood and pain perception, and influence one of the body's pain-generating messengers.
During our initial consultation time I go through a thorough chinese medical intake to get the history and root of the pain from a Chinese Medical standpoint. We then design a treatment plan that includes acupuncture as well as some of chinese medicines other many modalities of treatment.