The Many Benefits of Acupuncture for Your Neurological Health

Acupuncture has been widely used for a range of neurological disorders, and research supports its use for this purpose. In fact, neuro-acupuncture is a modern acupuncture technique that integrates traditional Chinese needling methods specifically to treat neurological disorders.

At Premier Neurology Group, our acupuncture specialist, Nell Smircina, uses acupuncture alone or as a conjunctive therapy to relieve a broad range of issues that affect the central nervous system, from headaches to seizures.

If you’ve been diagnosed with a neurological disorder or have neurological pain, our neurology specialist, Dr. Ravinder Singh, will discuss treatment options and develop an individualized treatment plan for you. 

Acupuncture is just one of the tools in our toolbox to treat neurological disorders. Here are some of the ways acupuncture can help people dealing with neurological pain and discomfort. 

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a 4,000-year-old therapeutic technique and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It involves inserting tiny needles into the skin in specific areas to stimulate the central nervous system. This pain-free treatment causes the release of pain-relieving chemicals, improves blood flow, and promotes natural healing.

Specific acupuncture points correspond to neurological disorders. Acupuncture providers manipulate these points to relieve pain and improve nerve function. The following are a few of the neurological disorders acupuncture can benefit. 

Chronic headaches

Individual large-scale studies have consistently demonstrated the efficacy of acupuncture for headaches. Acupuncture reduces the frequency of migraines, according to a review of 22 clinical trials. Of people receiving acupuncture (instead of sham acupuncture or medications) 40-60% of them experienced a 50% reduction in migraine frequency, according to the review.

Acupuncture stimulates nerves to release endorphins that provide pain relief and change the body’s response to pain. A series of acupuncture treatments are believed to activate pathways in the brain that deactivate pain signals, effectively relieving the frequency and intensity of headaches. 

Peripheral neuropathy

The peripheral nervous system sends messages from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. Damage to or dysfunction of this system causes abnormal, painful sensations. Large nerve fiber involvement tends to cause numbness, tingling, and weakness, usually in the hands and feet. 

When small fibers are involved, you’re likely to experience pain and burning in the feet and hands. Longstanding or uncontrolled diabetes is a common cause of peripheral neuropathy. Other causes include injury, infection, autoimmune conditions, and vitamin B-12 deficiency.

Acupuncture improves neuropathic pain by boosting blood flow and stimulating the central nervous system. Research shows that acupuncture effectively treats large and small fiber neuropathy of various causes.

Trigeminal neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia is a facial pain disorder with cranial nerve involvement. The trigeminal nerve sends messages about pressure, temperature, pain, and touch from the face and jaw to the brain. People with trigeminal neuralgia experience severe facial pain that worsens when speaking, chewing, or drinking hot or cold liquids.

In a study comparing acupuncture to standard treatment with anti-convulsant medication, acupuncture provides significantly more relief. In fact, 85% of individuals fully recovered in the acupuncture group. 

Acupuncture benefits a broad range of neurological disorders. If you’re struggling with persistent neurological pain, acupuncture may be a treatment option.

Coming in to see us for a comprehensive evaluation with our experts is the first step to getting relief from neurological pain. Whether you’re seeking a diagnosis or have failed to achieve relief with traditional medical approaches, our team of specialists can help. Call our office to schedule your appointment or use our convenient online booking form.

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