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Home > Newsletters > January 2006 > Ask the Doctor

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Q: I suffer from chronic back and neck pains after I hurt my back muscle in the gym. Nothing seems to help with the pain. Would acupuncture help?

A: Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help many types of painful conditions such as back and neck pain. Because of its chronic nature, it may require longer treatment. There have been many studies showing that TCM can be very effective for pain relief and healing. The Western scientific explanation is that the stimulation from the needle puncture triggers natural pain relieving chemicals, such as endorphins, from the brain, a reduction in inflammation to the area through an increase in circulation, and a relaxation response to the musculature.

Q: Is it normal to feel sleepy after an acupuncture treatment?

A: Feeling sleepy after an acupuncture treatment is quite normal. Many people report feeling a little tired or very relaxed after treatment. Some people say that they feel balanced or more centered. Every person is different and how he or she reacts to acupuncture is different.

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