Adapted from a presentation by Dr. Linda M. Rapson, CAFCI

Executive President, Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute 

Adjunct Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute

Don’t be afraid! Acupuncture can be an effective treatment for those suffering from neuropathic pain.

So what is acupuncture? The insertion of acupuncture needles at acupuncture points to achieve a therapeutic effect, based on traditional Chinese medicine or neurophysiological principles. The needles themselves are solid, stainless steel. The needles are sharp, but rounded at the tip. No medication is injected in the process.

Acupuncture raises endorphins in a patient’s body, while strong acupuncture stimulation can even release cortisol and normalize the autonomic nervous system. Serious side effects are very rare, while 86 per cent of patients report feelings of relaxation…a good side effect! In fact, case studies have shown acupuncture to reduce frequency and intensity of pain in patients of all ages.

Positive benefits of acupuncture can include a “mellow” feeling after the first treatment, improved mood or attitude, decreased night spasms, decreased drug intake, and an increased tolerance for sitting in some patients.