Herniated disc acupuncture is a specific method of using this age old Chinese remedy to treat the symptoms produced by a problematic disc condition. Acupuncture is a valid and scientifically proven holistic pain relief system which dates back in history thousands of years. While acupuncture is not likely to change the anatomy of a damaged intervertebral structure, or provide resolution for chronic disc pain, it is a far better way to cope with the symptoms, compared to the ongoing use of hazardous drug therapies.
This discussion will explore the use of acupuncture in treating disc degeneration and intervertebral herniation.
Acupuncture is an alternative pain management modality often used for symptomatic treatment of a variety of back pain syndromes. Acupuncture uses long thin needles to stimulate energy points in the body. These points lie along energy meridians which transmit chi/qi, or internal energy, throughout the body.
When the body is aligned in its energies, the patient will feel healthy and strong. When the chi is out of balance, pain and disability might result. Acupuncture seeks to balance the chi flow by adding or removing energy from these crucial anatomical points. While this all sounds very complex, the most important thing to remember is that acupuncture seeks to provide true health, allowing the body to function ideally and heal itself from all instances of injury and disease.
Acupuncture is far healthier than using pain relief drugs. The therapy is all-natural and has no side effects. A master practitioner can enact effective pain relief in their patients, no matter what the diagnosed cause may be. This being said, acupuncture is still a symptomatic herniated disc treatment which does nothing at all to resolve the actual structural spinal condition. If the disc is truly the cause of pain, acupuncture will have to become a permanent part of the patient’s life to provide lasting herniated disc pain relief.
It is always recommended that patients should pursue a cure, rather than any form of therapy which merely treats the symptoms. However, acupuncture can be a perfect way of minimizing pain while searching for this cure.
Acupuncture can be used to treat virtually any condition and is also used in healthy people to optimize the life force and provide increased vigor and vitality. I do not see any downside to acupuncture as a pain treatment, except perhaps the price, but can not recommend it as a cure. Remember, a disc herniation is a structural event and might need to be addressed on an anatomical level.
The bottom line comes down to this: If you are looking for a temporary pain management therapy to get you past a difficult time, you will certainly want to investigate acupuncture. However, if you want to be completely cured of disc pain forever, I recommend continuing your quest to find a lasting solution which will resolve the underlying causative process for pain.
Spinal decompression might be worth investigating, when the disc abnormality has been verified as having a pathological component which is enacting neurological interaction.