Acupuncture and Electroacupuncture of Meridians or Nerve Stimulation in Pain Management


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Acupuncture and Electroacupuncture of Meridians or Nerve Stimulation in Pain Management


7th INTRACOM – 2nd ICBWI 2009


26th July 2009

Place Held

PWTC, Kuala Lumpur


Background and Purpose: Acupuncture has a traditional basis but also is a technique of peripheral sensory stimulation because it targets the neural network for endogenous pain modulation. It is effective against some forms of chronic pain, where it can allow significant long-term benefit, but it is not a blunderbuss for treating all pain. According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, the body is a balance between two opposing forces, yin and yang. When the balance between these forces is disrupted, it leads to a blockage of “ qi” , the vital energy or life force responsible for a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental and physical balance. This blockage is believed to result in illness and pain.

Qi is believed to travel through the body in pathways known as meridians.  Each pathway is thought to correspond to one specific organ or group of organs. To relieve pain and restore health, specific points along the meridians (acupuncture points) are stimulated. Through clinical researches , it is believes that the effectiveness may due to stimulation of the central nervous system, release of natural opioids or changes in body function. Methods:  In small trials with control groups involving 150 patients with moderate and severe shoulder or back pain makes functional impairment in daily living activities. At days after 2 -5 of pain occur, patients were randomized to 1 of 3 intervention groups: (a) acupuncture, including low frequency electroacupuncture; (b) acupressure with oilment;   (c) herbal compounds. A total of  12 treatment sessions were performed over  a  4- week period. Results: There was a significant difference between these 3 groups. The electroacupuncture group at baseline got all patients pain relief for 6 months or for long. The 3 treatment modalities were all conducted without major adverse effects. Conclusions: Pain decreased with stimulating of acupuncture or electroacupuncture in at least a period of treatment session. It has beneficial effects on functional outcome or life satisfaction.


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