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 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.
Is it normal to feel sleepy after an acupuncture treatment?
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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