Does Acupuncture Work for Sciatica Nerve Pain? Q&A

Author: Staff Writer

Study reveals that acupuncture can work for sciatica nerve pain.

More Info: In a study published in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, researchers divided 90 participants suffering from sciatica pain into three groups each receiving a different treatment. The first group was given a warming acupuncture treatment, the second group was given Nimesulide tablets and the third a point-injection of Anisodamine.  Following three treatments the researchers concluded that the warming acupuncture had better therapeutic effects than the other treatments with significant improvement in symptoms.

How Is Sciatica Treated?

Sciatica is treated usually through a combination of medicine and physical therapy. Sciatica is a condition where the sciatic nerve, which runs from the base of the spine to the lower leg, is compressed or irritated in some manner, causing pain and swelling. More severe cases require surgery, in which the damaged disc is removed from the spine to release the pressure on the sciatic nerve. Some suffers of sciatica also require special devices worn to lessen stress on the lower back such as a corset, binder or brace.


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Works Cited

Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine
The warming acupuncture for treatment of sciatica in 30 cases.
29.1 (2009): 50-53. Print.

Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine | Acupuncture School and Clinic
Japanese Acupuncture: The Art of Touch

National Center for Biotechnology Information

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