The use of Acupuncture for pain relief has come under more has a long history in Chinese medicine and was also one of the first accepted uses for acupuncture in the west as a complimentary therapy. There has been gathering evidence of the effectiveness of acupuncture for pain relief and we are proud to bring these benefits to Austin.
The great advantage of acupuncture for pain relief is that it is not addictive and has negligible side effects compared to other analgesics and pain medications. For those in need of pain relief taking regular doses of addictive pain killers can be a real concern. The risk of developing dependency when treating chronic pain is high. Also threatening is the potential for liver damage inherent when analgesics are taken frequently over an extended period of time.
For residents of Austin Acupuncture at the Licensed Doctor Zheng’s clinic offers an opportunity to reduce or eliminate these problems. If you are suffering from chronic pain you might be surprised to learn of the documented benefits of acupuncture for pain relief. The use of acupuncture of pain has grown exceptionally over the past decade. In 2004 only 1% of Americans had undergone acupuncture treatment for pain. By 2014 that number had risen to 6% or 14 million Americans. Many of them new acupuncture patients are from Austin.
There are divergent views regarding the mechanism by which acupuncture acts for the relief of pain. In Chinese tradition acupuncture is said to correct imbalances in the body allowing the flow of chi. The needles are placed along “meridians ” lines through which the chi flows. Some have suggested mechanisms more in line with Western medical theory such as that the needles are placed at trigger points near major nerve centers. This causes stimulation and the release of endorphins suppressing pain.
The skeptic does not need believe in the whole theory however to accept the efficacy of Acupuncture. There are after all many things in science, such as quantum mechanics, where there is no accepted consensus regarding the cause of a phenomenon but substantial evidence that it exists.
Numerous trials have been conducted on the effects of Acupuncture and how it can treat pain. The best studies utilize controls to see what degree of improvement is caused by the treatment itself and what is the placebo effect (the improvement a patient feels and sometimes physically undergoes from the knowledge they are taking a treatment even if it is of no medical value). This has been done by comparing the effects of needles correctly placed according to acupuncture theory with those random placed. The studies repeatedly show that correctly placed needles have a superior effect on patient outcomes.
So if you are suffering with pain in Austin acupuncture could help you recover without less dependence upon pills and drugs. Give us a call today at (512) 657-8117 Dr Zheng Guili is a Licensed Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine operating a clinic is Barton Hills, Austin. He is incredibly experienced and easily reached from South Lamar and Zilker.
Dr Zheng Guili has established his Acupuncture Clinic in Barton Hills, Austin. This location just off the Capital of Texas Highway provides great access for Austin residents seeking Acupuncture and is particularly close for those living or working in South Lamar, Zilker or of course Barton Hills. So there is no need to travel a long way to get the best treatment.
Dr Zheng Guili is one of the most experienced Acupuncture practitioners in the United States of America. Austin Acupuncture is greatly enhanced by his 30 years of knowledge gained treating patients and teaching as a practitioner in schools both in China and America. His illustrious career in China began at the Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine where his training incorporated both Chinese and western medical ideas. He went on to gain a Ph.D. of Chinese medicine from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. He has authored dozens of papers and some 8 academic books.
It is hard to imagine a more qualified Doctor of Acupuncture. Since moving to Austin he has been licensed with a certified diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. NCCAOM was established in 1982 in order to protect and benefit the public. The certification is proof that Dr Zheng has passed examinations on efficacy, point location, hygiene and theory. Whilst secondary to his illustrious academic and medical career in China it is an assurance that any patient in America should check their acupuncturist has.
Dr Zheng treats patients for a number of specialties with a well evidenced approach. For example he an expert in using acupuncture to treat seasonal allergies. So when the pollen count in Austin begins to rise he may be the man to visit. The efficacy of Acupuncture for such ailments has long be known to practitioners but is gaining evidence in the western method. For example last year the Annals of Internal Medicine published a study. 422 people who had be known to suffer from pollen allergies with “nasal symptoms” (a runny nose and sneezing) .
In a well devised experiment the sample was split into 3 groups one received standard treatment, another received “fake acupuncture” needles places at random meaningless positions, the third group received true acupuncture treatment for their symptoms and showed the greatest improvement in their condition. This is a fascinating study as the group receiving randomly placed needles allows us to control for the placebo effect. It has been often speculated that acupuncture is so effective because it is an unfamiliar and seemingly dramatic intervention. Thus it evokes a strong placebo effect (a good doctor understands that this is a benefit, not a drawback). But the fact that those receiving targeted acupuncture had better results than those receiving random needles shows that the advantages are far more than merely psychological.