Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Acupuncture and acupressure for neuropathic pain: An ancient alternative

Acupuncture and acupressure for neuropathic pain: An ancient alternative

Written by: Rita Reznikova
Published: January 26, 2010
Reviewed by: Kevin Zacharoff, MD, December 2009
Neuropathic pain is a kind of chronic pain that usually results from damage to or malfunction of the nervous system. This makes it different from the usual type of pain that is a direct result of injury. Successful treatment for neuropathic pain can be difficult; often, the approach is with a combination of medications, physical and psychological methods, and complementary and alternative practices. This article will focus on acupuncture and acupressure.

What you need to know

Acupuncture and acupressure are ancient Chinese medical treatments.
  • These techniques may complement (be used with) other medical treatments for neuropathic pain.
  • Researchers believe that acupuncture and acupressure work on “pressure points” throughout the body, in order to improve the flow of energy.