Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects the nerves in the hands, feet, arms, and legs. It can cause a variety of symptoms, including numbness, tingling, pain, and weakness. There is no cure for peripheral neuropathy, but there are treatments that can help to relieve symptoms.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine treatment that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. It is thought to work by stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities.
There is some evidence that acupuncture can be effective in relieving the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. A study published in the journal Pain Medicine found that acupuncture was effective in reducing pain and improving function in people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Another study, published in the journal Neurology, found that acupuncture was effective in reducing pain and improving sleep quality in people with HIV-associated peripheral neuropathy.
If you are considering acupuncture for peripheral neuropathy, it is important to talk to your doctor first. Acupuncture is not a cure for peripheral neuropathy, but it may be able to help to relieve your symptoms.
How Does Acupuncture Work for Peripheral Neuropathy?
The exact mechanism by which acupuncture works for peripheral neuropathy is not fully understood. However, it is thought that acupuncture may help to reduce inflammation, improve blood flow, and stimulate the release of pain-relieving chemicals in the body.
Acupuncture is also thought to help to improve the function of the nervous system. This may be due to the fact that acupuncture can help to restore the balance of yin and yang, which are two opposing forces that are thought to govern the body in traditional Chinese medicine.
Is Acupuncture Safe for Peripheral Neuropathy?
Acupuncture is generally considered to be a safe treatment for peripheral neuropathy. However, there are some risks associated with acupuncture, such as bleeding, bruising, and infection. It is important to see a qualified acupuncturist who is experienced in treating peripheral neuropathy.
If you are considering acupuncture for peripheral neuropathy, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Make sure to see a qualified acupuncturist who is experienced in treating peripheral neuropathy.
- Be aware of the risks associated with acupuncture.
- Be patient. It may take several treatments before you see improvement in your symptoms.
If you are looking for a natural way to relieve the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, acupuncture may be a good option for you. Call today to begin with a consultation to find out if you’re a good candidate for treatment.