Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that occurs when there is damage to the nerves that carry information from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. It can cause symptoms such as pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness in the affected areas. Neuropathy usually shows up in stages that moves from intermittent pain and numbness to constant numbness and complete loss of sensation.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of energy or "qi". It is believed to help alleviate pain and other symptoms by restoring balance to the body's energy systems.
While there is some evidence to suggest that acupuncture may be helpful for certain types of pain, including neuropathic pain, the scientific research on its effectiveness for peripheral neuropathy is still limited and inconclusive. Some researchers have found that acupuncture can improve symptoms such as pain, numbness, and quality of life in people with peripheral neuropathy, while others have found no significant benefit.
Many patients with periperal neuropathy have found that acupuncture, in combination with other non-invasive therapies has improved their symptoms and their quality of life. I know this because I talk to my colleagues all over the country and the most common topic is neuropathy treatment.
It's important to note that acupuncture should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment for peripheral neuropathy. Patients who seek out acupuncturists have often tried many other therapies first including medications. Still others have heard that this discomfort is just something you will have to live with.
Dr. Salmond has had great success treating patients suffering from neuropathy. Call our Berlin, Maryland office today to see if you are a candidate for acupuncture.