As a part of our pain management protocol, we use supplements and make dietary recommendations, and if needed will implement acupuncture to treat your pain . Curcumin (the main ingredient of turmeric), for instance, acts as a potent anti-inflammatory agent and helps with the pain of arthritis. It can be added to the diet or used as a supplement to help with the pain. Before any recommendation is given, a full intake will be taken to ensure that each supplement will be safe and effective for you; as a simple use of curcumin in higher doses, for instance, might lead to internal digestive bleeding in some patients.
Aside from using food and supplements as medicine for your pain, acupuncture is especially effective in reducing/relieving pain and improving the function of the affected areas. Studies have shown that acupuncture affects the pain mechanism in the body by changing the way the body translates and accepts pain. There are other studies showing that acupuncture can increase the release of hormones and neurotransmitters (such as Endorphin); a natural analgesic found in body that alleviates pain. Acupuncture has been commonly used to help with knee pain, back pain, tendinitis, frozen shoulder and sports injuries. It has also proven to be helpful in cases of rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches and migraines.