Acupuncture for Neuropathic Pain
Neuropathic pain is often chronic, and can be severe and difficult to treat.(NICE 2010) Neuropathic pain is commonly described as burning, stabbing, stinging, shooting, aching or electric shock-like in quality.(Sykes 1997; Galer 1995) The pain may superficial or deep, intermittent or constant, and can be spontaneous or be triggered by various stimuli.
Conventional management often involves the combined use of a range of pharmacological (e.g. amitriptyline, gabapentin, opioids, NSAIDs, topical treatments such as capsaicin and lidocaine) and non-drug approaches, (e.g. transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, psychological treatments, and specialist procedures to stimulate, block or destroy discrete areas of the nervous system.(Sykes 1997)
One systematic review of randomised controlled trials comparing acupuncture with carbamazepine for trigeminal neuralgia found acupuncture to be as effective as drug treatment, but to cause fewer unwanted effects.(Liu 2010)
Acupuncture was found to be more effective than cobamamide for peripheral neuropathy due to chemotherapy (Xu 2010).
''Being new to acupuncture, I was relieved to be put at ease by Jo’s kind nature. I was there as Western medicine had not helped my neuropathic pain. I found Jo easy to talk in the first consultation, and the treatment itself was rather relaxing. That night I slept amazingly and absolutely astoundingly- the next day I found the pain had disappeared. I have had a couple of subsequent treatments that have also been successful, and I continue to see Jo for different reasons like I would a GP. Due to acupuncture being a whole medicine system, through treatments and consultation with Jo I now even understand my body and myself a bit more! I couldn’t recommend Jo more highly.'' Carla, Brighton
Jo has had a great deal of success treating neuropathic pain. If you’d like to book you can do so online or via our remote reception on 01273 251575.
If you’d like to find out more before you book a treatment, book a free 15 minute consultation - to chat either by phone or at the clinic. Alternatively, you can email or contact her via our contact form.
Source: British Acupuncture Council. More information is available from the British Acupuncture Council here