Neck, shoulder and lower back pain can be benefit by acupuncture and cupping treatment. Chinese medicine will first diagnosis the muscle pain according to Channel theories. Usually there will be stagnation (qi, blood or dampness) in the according channel resulting in pain. Acupuncture and cupping therapies attempt to resolve the stagnation.
Key words: nerve pain, pain management, acupuncture sydney
Commonly used chemotherapy drugs, such as Vincristine Sulfate, Paclitaxel or Cisplatin, may cause what is known as chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is the result of damage to the peripheral nerves causing pain, numbness, tingling or burning sensation, usually in the hands and feet or other parts of the body. Radiation therapy may induce such condition as well.
Acupuncture may help to improve peripheral neuropathy by promoting what the Chinese medicine call "Qi and "Blood" to the effected area, or in western understanding of stimulating the local and distal nerves. Numerous pilot studies found that acupuncture relieved the pain or sensation to some extend (Donald et al 2011) & (Bao et al 2014).
In Chinese medicine, Chinese herbs can be used to treat pain, often by moving the qi and blood, resolving the dampness, or clearing the toxin in the body.
A Recent Case: Lesley's mother Mei Wong who is a Chinese Doctor in Macau China, had successfully treated a patient in 2017, who was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia (a chronic pain disorder that affects the trigeminal nerve). This patient had suffered this condition for many years, and had been treated by both western and traditional Chinese medical specialists, including specialists from Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital. She had to take strong painkiller to alleviate some of the pain. Before she went to see Mei Wong, she was advised to have a surgery to remove part of the trigeminal nerve. After the initial consultation with Mei Wong, her condition was suspected to have a "external evil" connection in Chinese medicine term, which in western understanding to have some types of microorganisms causes. The patient was prescribed "heat clearing" herbs for about one month. Within a week the patient could feel that her nerve pain had reduced greatly and she used less pain killer. She was completely pain free after one month of treatment.
In Lesley's opinion, if anyone suffers this condition and had tried many other conventional/alternative therapies without success, why not give Chinese herbal medicine a try?
Bao, T., Goloubeva, O., Pelser, C. & Porter, N. 2014, 'A pilot study of acupuncture in treating Bortezomid-induced peripheral neuropathy in patients with multiple myeloma', Integrative Cancer Therapies, Vol. 13(5) 396-404.
Donald, G. K., Tobin, I. & Stringer, J. 2011, 'Evaluation of acupuncture in the management of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy', Acupunct Med, Vol. 29(3) 230-233.