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Acupuncture Combined With Other TCM Treatments Can Be a Very Effective Cure for Sciatica

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The use of acupuncture for sciatica treatment is a gradually growing practice. Affecting about 15% of the US population, sciatica is a very common condition caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve on the lower back. The pressure can come from muscle spasms that irritate the nerve resulting in leg, buttock, and lower back pain. Factors that can contribute to the condition include a bulging spinal disk, bad posture, and inflammation in the body. The condition is diagnosed by doctors through a review of the history of symptoms, using nerve conductance tests, and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), that reveals problems in the soft tissues.

To calm the symptoms of sciatica, most physicians depend on physical therapy and/or drugs. But an Oriental form of healing known as acupuncture has been found as a safer and non-invasive alternative way of addressing this condition. Acupuncture has minimal, if any, complications and side effects.

Acupuncture Treatments

Acupuncture has been practiced in China and parts of East Asia for more than 4500 years. It has been well documented in the “Huangdi Neijing,” an ancient Chinese medical text written around 200 B.C.
Evidence also shows that even the Bantu tribesmen of Africa and the Eskimos use acupuncture as a form of treatment for diverse medical purposes. This treatment has millions of adherents and promoters worldwide. In the United States alone, there are over 8,000 qualified practitioners of this very useful healing tradition.

The basis of acupuncture lies in the theory of vital energy known as Qi (Chi) that includes our emotion, spirit, mind, and body. This Qi should flow without any hindrances throughout the body. If this circulation is somehow interrupted, disorders and other diseases develop. Through the placement of small needles into strategic points along the meridians or energy pathways of the body, and by manipulating (rotating, lifting or twirling) the needles, balance within the body can be restored.

The same techniques are used in medical acupuncture, a type of acupuncture that medical physicians utilize. Unlike traditional acupuncturists, medical acupuncturists focus on the disease’s physical aspects instead of striving to bring back balance to the vital energy coursing through the body.

The Benefits That Sciatica Sufferers Can Gain from Acupuncture Treatment in Cleveland:

1. Acupuncture can raise energy levels, giving a person added energy in order to be more healthy and active overall.
2. Acupuncture can boost blood flow in the spinal cord and lumbar region of the body.
3. Acupuncture provides strength and flexibility to the bones and relaxes muscles.

However, one important thing to note is that if the sciatica condition is brought about by a degenerative disease, then acupuncture treatment will not be effective. It might alleviate the pain temporarily by letting off pressure on the disc on muscles and nerves, but it cannot completely cure the disorder and (cannot) rectify the herniation of the disc.


Despite a huge pile of anecdotal evidence supporting acupuncture’s ability to relieve sciatic pain and despite being used in the treatment of sciatica and other back conditions for several hundred years, a study published in in 2009 by the British Medical Journal, conducted by the Nordic Cochrane Centre showed that acupuncture had “a minimal analgesic effect” but “whether needling at certain acupoints, or at any acupoint alleviates pain independently of the psychological impact of the treatment is uncertain.”

According to eHow, “No conclusive scientific study so far has shown that acupuncture works for sciatica but if one decides to undergo acupuncture sciatica treatment, it is recommended that one consults with a doctor and visit a licensed acupuncturist.”

Holistic Approach

Be that as it may, with a long history of success, TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that the best sciatica treatment approach is to utilize a combination-style treatment. In general, the treatment should stretch and relax the fascia and tendons while beefing up the muscles. Acupuncture allows the nerves and back to heal naturally through its ability to release the spastic muscles and making them stronger.

If acupuncture treatment for your sciatica has managed to stop the pain, it is essential that you keep up the treatment to prevent it from returning. One vital part of the therapy is stretching, as this helps maintain the health and relaxation of the muscles. Besides that, performing tai chi, which is a gentle Chinese form of meditation and exercise, can be very good for the health and maintenance of the lower back and the prevention of sciatica.

Written by Valerie

February 28th, 2017 at 3:14 pm

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Chinese physicians during olden times were already aware that back pain is basically due to internal weaknesses of the human body, to lifestyle and to factors in the environment.

Old age or an inherent weakness of the back can be a cause of back pain. Tiredness is often an issue with this type of problem. With regard to this, the need to relieve pain obviously as well as to strengthen the back is extremely important or else the pain will often come back.

If the food we consume is too damp, it can result in too much fat tissue and fluid accumulation which can collect in parts of the body that block the flow of energy and blood. Stagnating energy and blood are thought to be the cause of pain in the body.

Practitioners of Chinese medicine think that emotions can result in back pain, since strong emotions can affect the flow of blood and energy throughout the body that can lead to pain.

The environment is seen by traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners as a potential reason for disease and pain in the human body. Nowadays, we like to see ourselves as separate from nature and the environment. But if you decide to regularly go out without proper clothing on a windy, cold and wet day, you are likely to suffer from back pain eventually. Ancient Chinese physicians think that damp, cold and windy weather are pathogenic factors that result in pain when they enter the body.

Acupuncturists treat back pain by sticking thin needles into acupuncture points that are located along energy vessels called meridians on either side of the back. Acupuncturists often select acupuncture points in the back that are tender to the touch. These points are oftentimes associated with the sympathetic nervous system ganglions.

Acupuncture points on the legs and feet can also be needled to help free up the circuit of blood and energy within the energy vessel. This vessel travels throughout the body from the eye to the person ‘s little toe, as well as travel down the side of the back.

Other back pain treatment such as physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractic are popular treatment options for back pain. One of the best treatments for sciatica and different types of back pain is acupuncture which has a unique capability of reaching nerves that travel deep within the muscles of the body.



Written by Valerie

September 15th, 2014 at 9:33 am

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