Acupuncture for Pain
 Acupuncture & Natural Medicine                             Dr. Peng in Bethesda, Maryland           
301 340 8444
Acupuncture is best known for pain, dating back to two thousand years ago. In traditional Chinese
Medicine, pain is generally viewed as blockage of Qi (energy) movement in the meridians of the body
(14 meridians through their branches covers entire the body). In modern time, acupuncture on pain
has been studied extensively in both basic research and clinics. Mechanistically needle insertions on
acupuncture points trigger a series of biochemical mechanisms that lead to 1) local pain anesthesia,
2) local reduction of inflammation, 3) local tissue repair, 4) activation of brain pain control center to
reduce pain. The effect is usually achieved by a combined use of one or several groups of
acupuncture points.

Some of acupuncture pain indications are:

Local tissue injuries (shoulder, leg, foot)
Osteoarthritis (hand, back, neck, hip)
Lumbar disc bulging, herniation and spinal stenosis
Tendonitis (foot, ankle, knee, shoulder)
Acute muscle strain (back, hamstring, IT band)
Myofascial pain

Peripheral neuropathy (foot and hand)
Post-thoracotomy nerve pain
Shingles (post-herpetic neuralgia)
Occipital neuralgia
Trigeminal neuralgia

Headache (chronic daily)
Migraine
Tension headache
Cluster headache

Fibromyalgia
Chronic fatigue
Lyme disease related pain

Cancer related local pain
Drug abuse related pain
Pain of unknown origin