Treat Sciatica with Acupuncture

Effective Solutions for Sciatica

Can acupuncture be an effective treatment solution for sciatica?

Yes! According to the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture has been proved – through controlled trials – to be an effective treatment for sciatica.


Lower back pain that travels down one buttock and leg is called sciatica. It often begins suddenly, soon after an awkward, twisting movement or heavy lifting. The *pain can become excruciating and moving around or sitting down becomes very difficult. Bending over, *coughing or sneezing aggravates the pain. If numbness occurs or muscle coordination is affected, the problem is serious and needs immediate attention.

In older people, a slightly different type of sciatica is more common. The onset is slower and the pain mote constant and nagging. Walking downhill causes the most difficulty, while sitting and resting bring relief.

Causes of Sciatica

Sciatica is an irritation or inflammation of the sciatic nerve, usually resulting from compression. This results from *muscle strain or spasm, or a slipped disk, which can cause serious problems. The most common cause is the improper lifting of heavy boxes, especially if the back and stomach muscles are weak.

In older people, sciatica is more likely the result of collapsing vertebrae, which continually irritate the nerve. The collapse is often due to poor muscle support. *Arthritis increases the risk of sciatica. A chill or physical overexertion will also trigger this condition. A susceptibility to *neuritis, an inflammation of the nerve, is caused by internal problems, such as viral infections, toxins or B-vitamin deficiency.

Acupuncture Benefits Sciatica

Acupuncture is a holistic approach working in accordance to the balance of the body. Unlike traditional forms of medicine, acupuncture does not involve medications or surgical methods. The procedure is a simple one. Its application involves very thin needles inserted into certain points that let the Chi flow through the body. The flow of Chi has helped a lot of people ease their body pain. This is not just a speculation. Acupuncture for sciatica pain has been proven by patients to remove spasms and to provide immediate relief.

Acupuncture for a sciatica nerve has a lot of benefits. Acupuncture can improve blood circulation in the lumbar region and the spinal cord which does a lot of benefits to the body than remove pain. It relaxes muscles and provides flexibility and strength to the bones. It can even increase energy which can push a person to be more active. With these, one can count on it to reduce symptoms. Of course, the effects of sciatica acupuncture are not always immediate. It may vary depending on the person’s body.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese healing therapy that aims to balance the flow of energy in the body, by inserting very fine needles into certain points along the body’s energy pathways called Meridians. This form of therapy is a holistic approach treating each patient uniquely and carefully while assessing the underlying problem. In contrast, allopathic medicine is based on treating symptoms, not diagnosing the person as a whole – the body, mind, spirit and emotions.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Acupuncture provides a safe and effective mode of treatment that has withstood the test of time, alleviating pain and suffering for well over 4000 years. Qualified practitioners use sterilized, individually wrapped needles. The needles used for acupuncture should not cause pain. There may be a sensation of heat where the needle is inserted which usually lasts only a few seconds.

Does Health Insurance Cover Acupunture?

Many insurance companies will pay for acupuncture treatments. Consult with your provider to determine if your treatment will be covered.


Acupuncture is both a viable and popular alternative to effectively help you with your sciatica problems – without side effects.

Renew You Clinic’s Acupuncturist Lily Wu was an Acupuncture Doctor in China for 13 years. She has an extraordinary amount of experience (25 + years total now) with Traditional Chinese Medicine makes her quite a find for those seeking a highly qualified practitioner with loads of both practical and clinical experience.

If you have not ever had acupuncture, our frequently asked questions page is very helpful; Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)>>For more information about how acupuncture can help you, please contact the clinic. Call today!

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