How to Relieve Pain and Stay Healthy Naturally

February 12, 2017 Joe Brady

Learn the pain control secrets of the ancient Chinese martial arts masters. Learn to take control of your own aches and pains with these evidence based alternatives to opioid drugs. A growing body of evidence suggests that natural pain relief options, such as acupuncture, hypnosis, massage, exercise, and yoga, may offer significant help in managing pain. (NIH) Learn do-it yourself acupressure points used by the US military in battlefield acupuncture and points used in acupuncture anesthesia for surgery. Learn how to relieve your own aches and pains and live healthy naturally.

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How to Relieve Pain and Stay Healthy Naturally

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With increasing rates of drug addiction, overdoses and deaths from abuse of opioid drugs health care practitioners must consider safer alternatives in the treatment of pain.

Acupuncture Analgesia In Surgery

Perhaps the most dramatic example of acupuncture’s ability to control pain is the use of acupuncture during surgery.  Acupuncture analgesia has been used for battlefield surgery in China since at least 200 A.D. Research shows that acupuncture may be effective in perioperative settings for preoperative sedation, and for postoperative pain relief, nausea and vomiting but requires a high level of expertise by the acupuncture practitioner.

Recently we made a film with reporter Hendrik Sybrandi, anesthesiologist Mimi Wong, and surgeon Rebecca Knight.

View the Film of acupuncture anesthesia


Battlefield Acupuncture in Modern Times

At least 40 percent of veterans entering the VA system are dealing with chronic pain. Acupuncture anesthesia has been used for battlefield surgery since Roman times. Recently the US military has been using acupuncture in the battlefield with increasing frequency as a response to the overwhelming abuse of opioid drugs in the VA system. The military has found that with opioid drugs, when the drugs wear off the pain comes back, and with acupuncture that’s not necessarily the case. By accessing the body’s natural painkilling mechanisms and natural endorphins it seems that when the pain goes away the body handles it much more natural way and it doesn’t necessarily come back when the endorphins wear off.

In recent years, military doctors have turned to acupuncture in special pain clinics and for troops in battle zones. Col. Kevin Galloway is in charge of carrying out recommendations from the Army’s Pain Management Task Force, which focuses on natural therapies like acupuncture. The military has begun making the alternative treatments more widely available.
As some top medical officers put it, though, there’s nothing like pain to make someone open-minded.

To Read More see the NPR Story


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