A Beginner's Guide to Acupuncture: A Holistic Perspective on Chronic Pain

A Beginner's Guide to Acupuncture: A Holistic Perspective on Chronic Pain

Many people see acupuncture, an ancient practice rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, as an alternative to Western medicine for treating chronic pain. But what is it about acupuncture that sets it apart? And why might you consider it as a treatment option?

Eastern vs. Western Medicine: A Contrast in Treatment
Western or allopathic medicine, the system most familiar to us in the US, often emphasizes the treatment of symptoms. With chronic pain, an allopathic approach might involve painkillers, anti-inflammatory medications, or surgeries that directly address the physical manifestations. The focus here is predominantly on the physical aspects of the condition.

Chinese medicine, on the other hand, views health as a balance of energies, primarily Yin and Yang. When treating chronic pain, an acupuncturist doesn't just look at the pain itself but delves deeper into the underlying imbalances causing it. It's a holistic approach, considering the patient's emotional, mental, and physical state.

Why Consider Acupuncture?
The rise in the popularity of alternative treatments stems from the limitations of western medicine in addressing health holistically. With the potential side effects of prolonged medication, horrible outcomes with opioids and the invasiveness of surgeries, many are seeking gentler, more natural remedies. Acupuncture, with its minimal side effects, and non-invasive nature, offers an avenue worth exploring, especially for conditions like chronic pain where lifestyle, topicals and specific treatments can provide a whole systems approach.

Acupuncture's Approach to Treating Chronic Pain
From the perspective of Chinese medicine, chronic pain might be viewed as a disruption in the flow of Qi (energy) through the body. Acupuncturists seek to restore this balance by inserting thin needles at specific points, stimulating the body's natural healing processes. Accompanied by herbal remedies and lifestyle recommendations, it's a comprehensive approach that addresses the root cause.

Research-Backed Benefits
Several studies have highlighted the efficacy of acupuncture in treating various types of pain, including back pain, migraines, and arthritis. While more research is underway, current findings are promising and echo the positive testimonials of many who've benefited from acupuncture treatments.

Trying Acupuncture: What to Expect
If you're considering acupuncture for chronic pain, start with a consultation. An experienced acupuncturist will assess your health, understand your concerns, and customize a treatment plan. We have included a short list of some of our favorite acupuncturists who have also incorporated Hit! Balm into their practice. Conditions like migraines, arthritis, stress-related pain, and other forms of chronic discomfort often find relief through acupuncture. It's a journey, not a quick fix, so patience and consistent sessions are key.

While acupuncture offers a different perspective on health and treatment, it's essential to make informed decisions. We would be happy to answer any questions questions you might have to ensure you are making choices that resonate with your health goals or the help put you in touch with a professional that can help.

We are proud to work with the following acupuncturists:

Back on Point Wellness in Torrance, CA
Back on Point Wellness was founded in 2015 in the city of Bellflower, CA. At the time, we were the only established wellness center in the area offering chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage therapy. In 2018, our founder Dr. Ernest Kim decided to return to his hometown in the Southbay where he was born and raised. We specialize in chiropractic, acupuncture, massage therapy, and stretch therapy. We also offer transformational coaching, nutritional counseling, custom orthotics, prenatal massage and pediatric chiropractic as well. We are committed to providing the highest quality of service to our patients and to stay up to date on the newest technologies in wellness care. Our aim is to provide ancient holistic healing with a modern twist.

Cornerstone Healing in Brooklyn, NY
Based in the heart of Brooklyn, Cornerstone Healing was founded to provide holistic, high quality patient care that incorporates both Western and Eastern philosophies. Cornerstone clients choose from Chinese medicine, Chiropractic, Holistic Wellness Counseling, Fertility support, Women’s health, Pre and Postnatal care, Pain management, Family Wellness, Massage, Skincare, Facials, Colonic Hydrotherapy,  and The Brow Room.  At Cornerstone, many healing hands are dedicated to the vibrant well-being of a culturally diverse patient population and the health of our wider community.

Denver Pain and Performance Solutions in Denver, CO
DPPS has been a beacon of hope and healing just a bit south of Denver since its establishment in 2015. Our journey began with a shared vision: to transform lives by eliminating pain, optimizing performance, and fostering holistic wellness within our community. Over the years, DPPS has evolved into a trusted sanctuary for patients of all ages who seek relief from pain or aspire to elevate their sports performance.

Inner Gate Health & Wellness in Portland, OR
A multi-disciplinary clinic that provides exceptional care to the Portland Oregon metropolitan area. Established in 2005, Inner Gate has grown from a small acupuncture clinic into a integrated sports medicine and injury care clinic that includes acupuncturists, chiropractors, naturopathic doctors, and massage therapists. Our team is exceptionally experienced and each member brings a wealth of knowledge to the practice. Many of our team members have won the prestigious Portland Top Docs award for over 10 years in a row! 






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