A few years ago I presented at the grand rounds for the Podiatry department at MGH. I spoke about conditions that I’ve treated such as plantar fasciitis, morton’s neuroma, fractures, sprains, and neuropathy from chemotherapy and diabetes. Although there are acupuncture points on the feet, these points do more than just treat pain in the feet.
As acupuncturists we treat the body holistically, not just putting needles in the site of the pain. There is a whole process that leads up to the first needle insertion. First we review a patient’s health history then check the tongue, pulse, and palpate the body. This gives us information on what channels or organ systems we want to work on. Next, we think of which points will be most effective. They will be a combination of local points in the area of the pain as well other parts of the body. When inserting the needle we keep in mind how we want to use the point and what type of needling technique will be most effective.
The bladder, gallbladder, stomach channels originate on the head and end on the feet. This is why points on the feet can resolve a headache, stomach ache or dental pain. The liver, spleen, and kidney channels originate at the feet and end on the trunk of body. This is why when someone comes for treatment for one specific condition, other seemingly unrelated symptoms start to resolve as well.
If you've been struggling with pain from plantar fasciitis, morton’s neuroma, sprains, or neuropathy, try acupuncture and you may notice your other ailments resolve as well!
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