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Acupuncture and Classical Chinese Medicine Can Help with Pain

Posted by admin on Mon, Oct 01, 2012

Nicholas Buscemi MSOM, LAc

Acupuncture and Classical Chinese Medicine  have been used for thousands of years to treat pain.  Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in treatment for several diseases and recommended for the management of pain of all varieties. In Western Medicine, it is one of the most commonly used "alternative" medical treatments, although it is becoming a mainstream treatment for pain and is now often covered by health insurance.

What to Expect with Acupuncture

The touch of a skilled acupuncturist using tiny filliform needles is very light but acupuncture does not always need to be done with needles. There are several alternatives such as tiny hair-thin filament needles, or accupressure which uses trigger points in the body for a very soft touch.  Cupping, an ancient cure, is the use of heat in moxibustion to unblock stagnant energy (Qi) from blood, tissues or lymph. It feels a bit like a deep tissue massage at times and can either be stationary or moving cups based on the individual case. There are many options in Chinese Medicine to relieve your pain.

The practitioner targets specific pathways in order to get to the root of the problem and correct it. The treatments are directed to energy meridians in the body and said to unblock the flow of energy. Acupuncture encourages the body to promote natural healing and improve function.

Acupuncture is most often used to treat pain (acute and chronic) but can also be helpful in treating issues such as the common cold, allergies, hormonal issues,  to more complex issues such as fertility, and chronic and recalcitrant disease. An acupuncturist will find the activiation point for disease and through treatment, help to turn that off.


Nicholas Buscemi MSOM, LAc is a Classical Chinese Medicine practitioner at National Integrative Health Associates, NIHA, an integrative medicine and dental center serving the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Under the tutelage of masters, Nicholas has devoted himself to immersion in the classical method of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi.

Topics: chinese medicine, acupuncture, pain