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Acute and Chronic Pain Management

How does it work? Research and clinical evidence have shown that acupuncture primarily produces its effects by regulation of the nervous system and immune system, by stimulating pain-killing biochemicals such as endorphins and immune cells. Studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. These affect those parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary functions such as immune reactions and processes that regulate blood pressure, blood flow and body temperature.

Functional magnetic resonance imaging detects activation of the visual association cortex during laser acupuncture of the foot in humans.

CONCLUSIONS: “These results indicate that fMRI has the potential to elucidate effects of acupuncture on brain activity.”


Siedentopf CM, Golaszewski SM, Mottaghy FM, et al. Neurosci Lett 327(1) July 12, 2002, pgs 53-61. 327(1) July 12, 2002, pgs 53-61.

Pamela has several hundred hours of post graduate training in orthopaedic acupuncture, as well as in-depth training in the Tung Points system of acupuncture, particularly effective for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.


From arthritis joint pain to nerve pain, fibromyalgia pain to back pain, Traditional Chinese Medicine is remarkably effective at relieving the discomfort and suffering of chronic conditions. There is a vast body of western and eastern research literature documenting the evidence for this claim. However, there are also studies that cannot conclude definitively that acupuncture is effective, citing for example, the controversy of ‘sham’ acupuncture, the placebo effect, and the effect simply of getting treatment. Clearly, more research is needed. However since so many people have obtained pain relief from TCM, the western medical establishment will now often refer patients to obtain acupuncture, and insurance companies are covering TCM treatment for pain.


Everyone’s nervous system is wired differently. In the hands of a skilled practitioner, acupuncture and TCM are safe. The patient can rest assured that no harm will come from trying TCM treatment.


Immediate relief can be experienced from acute breaks, tears or sprain, if treatment is begun in the first few hours after injury. Long-term recovery time can be shortened the sooner treatment begins. But remember, TCM is not a substitute for immediate allopathic medical care for acute, traumatic injury!

What types of pain conditions does TCM treat?


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recognize the benefit of TCM in the treatment:

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Why Should I see an Acupuncturist?

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What Does Acupuncture Treat?

http://consensus.nih.gov/1997/1997acupuncture107html.htm