New Research on Acupuncture for Pain

Acupuncture is famous for the treatment of chronic pain.  In the clinic we know acupuncture is effective for pain and recently research is supporting that acupuncture is effective for pain.

Recently, a very large analysis of research trials, called a meta-analysis, was published focusing on acupuncture for pain. The study shows that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of pain. This was across many pain conditions including back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, chronic headaches, and shoulder pain.

Andrew Vickers PhD, the head author, and his team painstakingly reviewed virtually all of the acupuncture research trials which have focused on … Read More

The Body Acupuncture

Acupuncture can target chronic pain in any location of the body.  Sometimes, an acupuncturist will put needles in the place of the pain.  But other times an acupuncturist will place needles far away from the location, such as in acupuncture points on the legs and feet for chronic headaches.

The primary way acupuncturists can focus the treatment for chronic pain in specific places because of the acupuncture channels.   Acupuncture channels connect different parts of the body and run along different places in the body.  The acupuncture channels create a type of map that interconnects different regions of the body.… Read More

Another Look at the Placebo Effect

For the last 50 years, the placebo effect has been a dirty word.  Real interventions make a physiological change in the body.   Placebos do nothing but convince the patient that something is different.

Reality states otherwise.  Ted Katpchuk, an acupuncturist and Chinese medicine doctor who focuses on the placebo effect in his research, wants to change all that.

In last week’s New Yorker, an article focuses on the placebo and the scholars who think about and examine the placebo.

What is a Placebo?

One of the difficult and fundamental questions is what is a placebo?  We’ve come to believe … Read More

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is mysterious.  It can come and go.  It can get worse, or get better.  Often without explanation.

Chronic pain is also very serious.  It interferes with work, school, and relationships.  Chronic pain is the most common issue that I treat and I have helped hundreds of patients reduce and relieve their pain. Pain can effect almost any place in the body: headaches, back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, knee pain, and any other location.

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain

Acupuncture is a complex therapy and works in a combination of ways to reduce pain and … Read More

Back Pain after a Car Accident

Chronic back pain and neck pain often develops after a car accident.   It can happen directly after the accident or gradually over a period of time.   Sometimes, people with chronic neck and back pain just doesn’t seem to get better, no matter what they try, even if there are no findings on the x-rays and MRI tests.

Acupuncture is very effective at reducing chronic back pain after a car accident.

In acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine  the concept of circulation is unique and can be the reason acupuncture works when other therapies do not.

Acupuncture Meridians

The body is interconnected … Read More

Why the VA should hire Acupuncturists

Last week on The Brian Leher Show, he interviewed Paul Rieckhoff of Iraqi and Afganistan Veterans of America.  It was a powerful and moving discussion about taking care of our veterans as they come back from their experiences overseas.

It got me thinking about how the VA should hire licensed acupuncturist to help these men and women recover mentally and physically.  I volunteer with an organization called CRREW which offers low cost acupuncture in the University Settlement in NYC.  It began in order to help victims of 9/11.

We only volunteer one evening a week, but it had … Read More

Help with Acupuncture for Somatization Disorders

Somatoform disorders are chronic pain and illness with no specific physical cause.

Chinese medicine and acupuncture can help treat somatoform disorders. It is only natural that acupuncture can treat somatoform disorders. In acupuncture we view the mind and body as connected.  The body is as an interconnected whole.

The Mind Body are Connected

It is only natural that our minds and emotions effect our state of health.  We do not divide the patients’ experiences from condition. Rather the condition is just what you are experiencing.

The approach is based upon identifying the underlying imbalance in the body causing the illness. … Read More

Acupuncture for Chronic Prostatitis Category III: Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome

Acupuncture can help and has been shown to relief pain in men with Chronic pelvic pain. I have helped many people with chronic pelvic pain through acupuncture and electroacupuncture therapies.

What Causes Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome?

The exact cause of Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome is not entirely understood. Prostatitis was originally thought to be caused by inflammation caused by a bacterial infection. But many men have symptoms without an infection (1) Some men who have CPPS symptoms do not even have any inflammation. Many, including myself, believe that CPPS is caused by referred pain from muscle tightness and trigger points … Read More

How Acupuncture Treats Pain

The majority of Americans are in chronic pain or have experienced it.  More and more, people are seeking acupuncture for relieve of all types of chronic pain, from back pain and neck pain, to headaches and migraines, or chronic pelvic pain.

Pain can affect almost every system in the body and develops from many sources.It can occur from a chronic immune disorder, after an infection, from a physical injury, or from emotional stress. Often, pain stays around a long time after an injury has healed.

As a teenager, I first sought out acupuncture to treat my own … Read More