Natural Alternatives to Steroid Injection

Natural Alternatives to Steroid Injection

By Monique G. Bain, MAC, LAC, Acupuncture Physician

Acupuncture Point Injection Therapy is a more recent advance in the scope of Chinese medicine and has been practiced in China for many years. Injection therapy is a natural and safe form of therapy that combines traditional acupoint theory and anatomy with injectable solutions. The injections are given using hypodermic procedures and are administered just under the skin or into the muscle, but never intravenously. Like Acupuncture, fine needles are inserted into acupuncture points or trigger points.

Acupuncture point injection therapy involves the injection of small amounts of saline solutions such as homeopathic remedies, vitamins or Chinese herbs administered by qualified acupuncturists. The injection will stimulate the Acupuncture point for a much longer period of time, therefore enhancing the therapeutic effect. It is a very useful technique in hard-to-treat, or poorly responding conditions. The goal is that once the natural products are injected, your body’s own defense system is stimulated.

This technique can be very effective in treating chronic pains that even cortisone shots do not help with. Injection therapy is often used to treat allergies, eczema, fibromyalgia, migraines, tennis elbow, heel pain (plantar faciitis), low back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain and many other ailments. It is also effective in treating chronic auto-immune conditions, respiratory dysfunction and viral infections. Most patients are surprised how easily and quickly these injections are given compared with the injections given in conventional medicine. Trigger point injections are also given to stimulate local blood circulation and to dissipate ongoing inflammatory processes. The injections can be very useful when treating sports injuries as some products are designed to relax muscles and treat inflammation.

Excellent results have been shown with the use of homeopathic injections of Traumeel and Zeel for joint pain, arthritis, neck pain and lower back pain. Recent research indicates that Traumeel are as effective for pain as conventional treatments including narcotics painkillers and anti- inflammatory medications. These substances also act as natural antibiotics and promote general health. The place where product is injected is as important as the product itself and sometimes the injections are given at more than one spot during each session.

Please note that acupuncture injection therapy is not a substitute for acupuncture treatments. It is more effective when done in conjunction with an acupuncture treatment. The Acupuncture injection therapy does not suppress or mask the pain; it prompts the body to treat the cause of the pain via self healing mechanisms. The number of sessions needed is always based on the severity, duration and nature of present illness.

Injections of Vitamin B12 are also a part of injection therapy and have many therapeutic uses such as; natural anti-inflammatory, eliminating knots in muscles, correcting anemia, increasing energy and increasing well being of the nervous system.

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