4 Applications of Acupuncture for Sufferers of Chronic Illnesses

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While Dr. Peter Gu has chosen to pursue a speciality in using acupuncture and TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) to address fertility issues, their complete medical utility is diverse and wide-reaching. Given poor awareness of these disciplines among segments of the general public, patients must often exhaust their options for “conventional” medical treatment before they are prepared to turn to TCM practitioners.

One common type of patient is those who suffer from debilitating chronic illnesses, for which mainstream medicine offers no hope of treatment. Forced into heavy courses of drugs to try and suppress the worst of their symptoms, these sufferers must often endure incredible pain and discomfort every day without the prospect of recovery. Dr. Gu and other practitioners, through the specialised application of TCM and acupuncture, can provide an alternative for some. Here are some of the conditions which can be addressed through acupuncture instead of pharmaceuticals:

Multiple Sclerosis (MS):

A crippling and painful chronic condition, MS can cause a range of inconvenient symptoms which have been commonly addressed through acupuncture. Many MS sufferers have reported finding relief through regular acupuncture treatment, and the National MS Society’s own website recommends this method for the alleviation of headaches, spasticity, numbness and tingling, bladder problems, and depression.

Parkinsons:

The world’s second-most-prevalent neuro-degenerative disease, this commonly known condition afflicts millions worldwide, gradually destroying motor function and causing intense fatigue which heavily restricts sufferers’ quality of life. This fatigue is an added insult to Parkinson’s sufferers, not responding to rest or conventional treatment and hastening the degenerative effects of the disease. The Micheal J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research sponsored a high-profile study into the treatment of this fatigue with acupuncture, believing in its ability to cure deep fatigue where mainstream medicine cannot.

Fibromyalgia

This insidious illness is incredibly mysterious, known largely by the constant, crippling pain which sufferers experience throughout their body. Theorised as resulting from oversensitive pain receptors, conventional medicine so far has no answers; but a 2016 study showed a decrease in overall pain and increased quality of life for patients who underwent regular, ongoing acupuncture treatment for their condition.

Arthritis:

Recognised since ancient times in China, acupuncture is one of the earliest treatments described for patients with arthritis, and one of the most effective. Any acupuncture practitioner should be familiar with the treatments for this disease, and the characteristic pain and stiffness can be mostly relieved with regular attention.