Acupuncture For Neuropathic Pain

Neuropathic pain is often chronic, and can be severe and difficult to treat.(NICE 2010) Neuropathic pain is commonly described as burning, stabbing, stinging, shooting, aching or electric shock-like in quality.(Sykes 1997; Galer 1995) The pain may superficial or deep, intermittent or constant, and can be spontaneous or be triggered by various stimuli.

Conventional management often involves the combined use of a range of pharmacological (e.g. amitriptyline, gabapentin, opioids, NSAIDs, topical treatments such as capsaicin and lidocaine) and non-drug approaches, (e.g. transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, psychological treatments, and specialist procedures to stimulate, block or destroy discrete areas of the nervous system.(Sykes 1997)

One systematic review of randomised controlled trials comparing acupuncture with carbamazepine for trigeminal neuralgia found acupuncture to be as effective as drug treatment, but to cause fewer unwanted effects.(Liu 2010)

Acupuncture was found to be more effective than cobamamide for peripheral neuropathy due to chemotherapy (Xu 2010).

I’ve had a great deal of success treating neuropathic pain. If you’d like to book you can do so online. Alternatively, you can email or contact me via our contact form.

What People Say About Acupuncture With Jo

Being new to acupuncture, I was relieved to be put at ease by Jo’s kind nature. I was there as Western medicine had not helped my neuropathic pain. I found Jo easy to talk in the first consultation, and the treatment itself was rather relaxing. That night I slept amazingly and absolutely astoundingly- the next day I found the pain had disappeared. I have had a couple of subsequent treatments that have also been successful, and I continue to see Jo for different reasons like I would a GP. Due to acupuncture being a whole medicine system, through treatments and consultation with Jo I now even understand my body and myself a bit more! I couldn’t recommend Jo more highly.

Carla, Worthing

Hello I'm Jo Darling
Acupuncturist & Chinese Medicine Practitioner
I’m an experienced Acupuncturist, passionate about helping you live a healthier, happier life. I love what I do at my Brighton & Hove acupuncture practice and have specialist interests in using acupuncture to assist fertility, to support cancer patients and pregnancy niggles as well as acupuncture to help women through menopause and for pain relief
I practice from my home Preston Park acupuncture clinic and Hove acupuncture clinic offering personalised, professional care, using acupuncture, moxa, cupping and electro-acupuncture where appropriate. I have also practiced Reflexology since 2006 and offer combined ‘Acureflex’ treatments – a wonderful combination of the wisdom of acupuncture and the soothing touch of reflexology.

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