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Acupuncture For Chronic Pain Relief

Updated: Jul 7, 2021

Acupuncture is a practice within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that is over 3,000 years old. Through applying needles, pressure, and heat to specific points on the body, the practitioner releases and redirects the body’s natural energy known as qi to relieve pain caused by blockages and imbalances.

Acupuncture may sound like an odd and exotic treatment for chronic pain. However, this ancient practice has now become a widely accepted supplementary treatment for those who are suffering, as we shall see in the article. If you're suffering from chronic pain, visit our pain management page to learn more.

Our clinic has over thirty years of experience, and we aim to deliver the best acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments in Hong Kong. Our practice has consistently been able to deliver relief, helping patients towards better health and wellness. We hope to continue to deliver superior results through acupuncture, traditional herbal therapy, and more. To make an appointment, feel free to contact us today, our friendly staff will be happy to help.

This short article will look at acupuncture for treating chronic pain and the research into its efficacy. For inquiries. you can follow this link here. Alternatively, you can call +852 2526 7908 or email

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Acupuncture at Health Wise Chinese Medicine Consultancy For Chronic Pain Relief
Acupuncture at Health Wise Chinese Medicine Consultancy For Chronic Pain Relief

Does Acupuncture Help With Chronic Pain?

Chronic pain can make life miserable. Muscles and joints that are tense and stiff are often treated with a combination of ice and heat, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and exercise. These treatments can often help to ease the pain. However, when they fail to fix the pain, acupuncture can be an option worth considering.

Over 3 million Americans attend acupuncture treatments every year. According to the U.S. National Institute of Health, studies show that acupuncture can work particularly well for chronic pain associated with the back and neck. Additionally, it can work well for osteoarthritis and knee pain. Acupuncture has also shown to help to reduce the incidence as well as the severity of tension headaches and can help to prevent migraines. The NIH has stated that acupuncture is a "reasonable option for people with chronic pain to consider”.

Acupuncture For Chronic Pain Research Results

There has been substantial debate over the efficacy of acupuncture for chronic pain. Research from an international team of experts adds to the evidence that acupuncture does indeed provide real relief from common forms of pain. The team of researchers aggregated the results of 29 studies with nearly 18,000 participants. They found that overall acupuncture relieved the pain they experienced by about 50%. The results were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. This research has also been cited by Harvard Health Publishing.

In addition, in a separate review article published in Practical Pain Management, they found that pain relief in acupuncture treatments comes from inactivating the source of pain by modulating endorphin levels. The treatment effects of acupuncture persist over time and cannot be explained simply by placebo effects.

Health Wise Practitioners

Troy William Sing

Troy Sing is a Hong Kong Registered Practitioner of Chinese Medicine who has over thirty years of extensive clinical experience in Pain management, Reproductive Medicine, Gynecology, and Andrology. A graduate of Australia’s Chinese Medicine Degree (acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, neuromuscular massage) Program, he has also completed a Masters in neuro-physiology investigating the analgesic mechanisms of acupuncture (1995).

Troy's publications include ‘The Analgesic Mechanisms of Acupuncture, Journal of Chinese Medicine, 1996; and co-author of ‘Health Beauty & Vitality: A woman’s Guide to Chinese medicine’ 2004. He has held the post of the course coordinator and lecturer at the University of Hong Kong’s Traditional Chinese Medicine Department (S.P.A.C.E.) (1997-2001). President of the Hong Kong Medical Acupuncture Association (2002-2005). Further post-graduate studies include Gynecology, Reproductive medicine, Andrology, and Sports Science.

Over the last decade, the most influential courses he has completed include SiYuan Balance Method Acupuncture level 1 (Dr. Eileen Han Ph.D.), Pulsynergy Herbology Level 1-IV (Dr. Jimmy Chang), NeiJing Acupuncture (Dr. Ed Neal MD), and HunYuan Chinese Herbal Medicine (Dr. Yaron Seidman Ph.D.).

Sasa Fukuyanagi

Sasa Fukuyanagi, a licensed Chinese Medicine Practitioner Registered in Hong Kong. A graduate from Waseda University Tokyo, Bachelor of Commerce. Before pursuing her studies in Chinese Medicine at the University of Hong Kong (Faculty of Chinese Medicine).  Further advanced Internship in Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Acupuncture, Tuina (branch of orthopedic and trauma medicine) at the Tung Wah Group Hospitals (affiliated with the Government Hospital Authority). Mentors include senior clinicians: Dr. Liu Han Chang, Dr. Chen Juo Kang, Dr. Liu Wu Li, Dr. Chen Fu An.  

Dr. Sasa has worked as a clinician at Premium Chinese Medicine group, Nong’s Clinics. Attending many patients with various kinds of diseases and ailments. Her special interests are in general medicine including skin, women’s health, use of acupuncture in pain management and stroke rehabilitation, weight control, and cosmetic medicine (especially in the field of hair preservation) 

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