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Acupuncture Pain Management

The Role Of Acupuncture In Alleviating Chronic Pain

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Singapore is often regarded as an alternative to treat common ailments, with acupuncture being one of the most popular TCM treatment methods. 

This ancient Chinese medical procedure aims to restore the flow of energy, also known as Qi, throughout your entire body to aid in not just treating diseases, but also relieving pain

Hence, if you are suffering from bodily pains and wish to relieve the symptoms through an all-natural approach, keep reading to find out more about how acupuncture can help to alleviate your chronic pain. 

What is acupuncture?

First and foremost, it is important for you to understand what acupuncture is before delving deeper into its benefits, especially if you have never tried it before. 

Acupuncture is a TCM practice with more than 2,000 years of history and works by needles, heat and pressure to acupoints on your body. When the acupoints are stimulated, endorphins get released to remove blockages and ease imbalances; providing natural pain relief in return. 

How is acupuncture done?

Acupuncture involves inserting hair-thin needles at specific acupoints to produce a sensation of pressure or ache. There is no need to fret though, as it is bearable and some may even find it relaxing. Sometimes, mild heat or electric current may be applied to the needles to boost healing. 

Which parts of the body can acupuncture be done on?

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You may be surprised to learn that acupuncture can be done on various parts of the body, including your face (facial acupuncture), ears (auricular acupuncture), abdomen and four limbs.

Of course, their benefits vary according to the area it is done on. For instance, facial acupuncture brightens the complexion and reduces acne by increasing blood flow and improving lymphatic drainage. Auricular acupuncture can help to reduce stress and anxiety and tackle health concerns like chronic pain and migraine. Acupuncture on the abdomen and four limbs can manage digestive, respiratory, circulatory and pain disorders. 

What kind of chronic pain does acupuncture relieve?

Chronic pain can be relieved by improving the flow of blood and energy in the body, which is done through acupuncture

Therefore, consider going for acupuncture to manage lower back pain, neck pain, knee pain, post-operative pain, menstrual cramps, headaches or migraines. 

As treatments are tailored to one’s body constitution, we recommend consulting a physician at a TCM clinic in Singapore for your specific condition to see if acupuncture would benefit you. 

What should you avoid after an acupuncture session?

Like any other treatment, avoiding certain things after an acupuncture session is vital to get the most out of it. 

Patients are advised to wait for 2 hours after treatment before showering. Allow your body to rest and avoid strenuous activities after a session. Also, try to refrain from drinking cold beverages as they will only increase the ‘dampness’ in your body, impeding the effects of acupuncture. Caffeine and alcohol should be avoided too as they can cause dehydration. 

What can you expect after acupuncture?

Most people see an improvement in their symptoms after one session, but this ultimately boils down to each individual’s condition. You will also feel revitalised and relaxed after acupuncture so take the opportunity to lay back and allow your body to recuperate and heal. 

Regular treatments are usually required for long-lasting results but if you do not see improvements after a few weeks, speak to your TCM physician. In this case, a more holistic approach such as pairing acupuncture with Chinese herbal medications may be needed. 

Acupuncture at Thomson Chinese Medicine

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Here at Thomson Chinese Medicine, we aim to help you regain your quality of life through effective TCM treatment modalities. Our acupuncture treatments are tailored to each individual’s health concern to achieve optimum results. Contact us to learn more.


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