Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy

If you have been seeking relief or improvement for Peripheral Neuropathy and feel like you have tried everything…. acupuncture can help.

Acupuncture is an overlooked solution to many chronic illnesses. Through a focused treatment plan designed just for you, acupuncture with Dr. Don Thompson can be an excellent supplement to your ongoing primary or specialized medical care to increase your chances of recovery and relief.

Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy is nerve damage to the nerves most often in the hands and feet. Though it is most often a complication of diabetes, it can also be caused by chemotherapy, and injuries to the hand, legs, and feet. Another cause of neuropathy is called “idiopathic,” which means simply that physicians can’t find a reason for the neuropathy. There are estimated to be over 100 types of peripheral neuropathy, all consisting of different symptoms and prognosis. Most people with neuropathy have symptoms of tingling, pain, numbness and weakness in the affected limbs, and are at a higher risk of falls. It’s estimated that 2.4% of people globally have a form of peripheral neuropathy, rising to 5% among people 45 and older.

Pain medications and antidepressants are often prescribed for the condition. However, these medications can cause some unwanted side effects such as dizziness and drowsiness. Recent studies on the use of acupuncture for peripheral neuropathy have shown that most patients get good relief from the pain and numbness. It is believed that acupuncture increases blood circulation in the limbs which nourish the nerves and tissues in those areas, ultimately resulting in decreased pain and increased normal feeling to the area. This is most likely due to the healing of the damaged nerves.

How Does Acupuncture Help Peripheral Neuropathy

With acupuncture, patients are often able to reduce or eliminate some of the medications which have caused side effects and ultimately reduce the chance of falls and accidents. It is important to receive acupuncture from an acupuncturist who has training and experience in treating peripheral neuropathy, such as Dr. Don Thompson. Dr. Thompson is trained in acupuncture techniques which minimize or eliminate any discomfort from needle insertion. Generally speaking, a course of 10-20 treatments are needed to get the best results possible. Please refer to our Peripheral Neuropathy blog for additional information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What conditions can lead to peripheral neuropathy?
The most common condition linked to peripheral neuropathy is Type 2 Diabetes. Other causes include, but are not limited to, alcoholism, genetic conditions, circulation issues, autoimmune diseases like Guillain-Barré syndrome, lupus and infections like HIV or shingles. We recommend consulting your physician to see if any of these underlying conditions could be causing or worsening symptoms.
Where are the needles inserted? Will acupuncture hurt?
The needle placement varies based on where the pain is centered.It’s important to see an experienced acupuncturist who is trained in techniques that minimize or eliminate any pain associated with acupuncture.
Can I go off of my medicines during treatment?
Do not change your medication regime during treatment without consulting your doctor. It takes multiple acupuncture treatments to see the full results and even then, you should not go off your medication without discussing it with your physician.
Why should I consider using acupuncture to treat Peripheral Neuropathy?
Acupuncture is a centuries old practice that has been proven in studies to help relieve pain and inflammation. This is a non-invasive treatment that has no recovery time and no side effects unlike conventional treatments. Modern research studies are showing that acupuncture can be an effective way of helping with peripheral neuropathy.

Citations:

Meyer-Hamme G, Friedemann T, Greten J, Gerloff C, Schroeder S.
Electrophysiologically verified effects of acupuncture on diabetic peripheral neuropathy in type 2 diabetes: The randomized, partially double-blinded, controlled ACUDIN trial. Journal of Diabetes. 2021;13:469–481.

Hoerder S, Habermann IV, Hahn K, Meyer-Hamme G, Ortiz M, Grabowska W, Roll S, Willich SN, Schroeder S, Brinkhaus B, Dietzel J. Acupuncture in diabetic peripheral neuropathy-neurological outcomes of the randomized acupuncture in diabetic peripheral neuropathy trial. World J Diabetes. 2023 Dec 15;14(12):1813-1823. doi: 10.4239/wjd.v14.i12.1813. PMID: 38222786; PMCID: PMC10784801.

Sang P, Zhao J, Yang H. The efficacy of electroacupuncture in among early diabetic patients with lower limb arteriosclerotic wounds. International Wound Journal. 2024;21(4):e14526. Doi:10.1111/iwj.14526

Dietzel, Joanna, Isabel V. Habermann, Sebastian Hörder, Katrin Hahn, Gesa Meyer-Hamme, Miriam Ortiz, Kevin Hua, Barbara Stöckigt, Marie Bolster, Weronika Grabowska, and et al. 2023. “Acupuncture in Patients with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy-Related Complaints: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial” Journal of Clinical Medicine 12, no. 6: 2103. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm12062103

Cho E, Kim W. Effect of Acupuncture on Diabetic Neuropathy: A Narrative Review. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2021; 22(16):8575. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms22168575

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