00:02:55 – Reading Time. Pain is an unavoidable part of life. But sometimes, too much physical pain can be irritating. It can also lower your quality of life. Thus, you must take action to manage pain. Conventional medication includes taking painkillers to reduce pain. However, there are a few alternatives that may help you manage your pain. In this article, we’ll explore two methods (Acupuncture Therapy and PEMF Therapy). Both of them are considered beneficial for pain management.
However, it’s essential to consult your doctor before trying to add any alternative therapy to your pain relief regimen.
How do Acupuncture Therapy and PEMF Therapy work?
Acupuncture is an ancient technique that involves putting thin needles through the skin. It may sound daunting at first. But traditional Chinese medicine practiced that technique for thousands of years. There is a powerful ‘why.’ (1)
So, many considered Acupuncture as a suitable method for increasing well-being and treating conditions such as headaches, blood pressure, and relieving pain.
One of the aims of Acupuncture is to ‘rebalance energy.’ Therefore, upon putting needles into target spots where energy flows, a person can get back to their ‘proper balance.’ There is limited scientific evidence that these specific points of energy exist. Moreover, some neuroscience experts believe that Acupuncture works by triggering the body’s natural painkillers. Some believe that Acupuncture is no stronger than a placebo. While others are strong proponents that it does bring tangible benefits. (2)
On the other hand, PEMF Therapy dates back to over 4000 years ago, where it was also practiced in China. It was practiced as a way to rebalance health, not energy, as Acupuncture. (3) In other words, PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) Therapy aims to promote your body’s natural healing process by releasing frequencies that stimulate your cells.
Unlike Acupuncture, there is a strong agreement among practitioners that PEMF Therapy is powerful and effective. Besides, researchers conducted over 7000 PEMF studies. Their benefits go way beyond just relieving headaches and mitigating pain.
What are the benefits of Acupuncture Therapy and PEMF Therapy?
The benefits of Acupuncture are believed to be as follows:
- Easing Chronic Pain
- Improving headaches
- Decreasing migraines
- Addressing High or low blood pressure
- Relieving Sprains, Dental Pain Facial Pain
- Among others… (2)
PEMF Therapy has shown positive results for:
- Increasing circulation
- Improving Sleep
- Lowering inflammation
- Increasing Concentration
- Promoting bone healing
- Addressing muscle function
- Relieving Stress
- Improving blood oxygenation
- Controlling Pain
Hence, looking at the benefits of each, we can tell that Acupuncture is more targeted towards addressing pain. While PEMF Therapy includes additional benefits, as well as managing pain.
Furthermore, let’s take Migraines as an example, which both Acupuncture and PEMF Therapy are deal with.
A study published in 2017 found that Acupuncture is effective for migraine. The 24-week trial showed that the 249 participants in the study had experienced fewer migraine attacks compared with sham acupuncture and being placed on a waiting list. (4)
In a study that involved 42 patients, PEMF was concluded to be powerfully useful for reducing migraines. So, half of the patients that received PEMF had fewer migraines, and some reported feeling excellent. While fewer people in the other half of the group (that didn’t receive PEMF Therapy) reported feeling good, and some even worse. (5)
In conclusion, we can say that both Acupuncture Therapy and PEMF Therapy are methods for relieving pain. However, PEMF Therapy might be more efficient if you suffer from any health condition you would like to improve. Always consult your physician before trying any form of therapy.
(1). NCCIH. (2012). Acupuncture: In Depth. [online] Available at: https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture-in-depth [Accessed 18 Nov. 2020].
(2). Brazier, Y. (2017). How does acupuncture work? [online] Medicalnewstoday.com. Available at: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/156488#how_does_it_work [Accessed 18 Nov. 2020].
(3). Pemf.com. (2020). Magnetic Field Therapy | PEMF Products | PEMF.com – History. [online] Available at: https://www.pemf.com/en/history.html [Accessed 18 Nov. 2020].
(4). Zhao, L., Chen, J., Li, Y., Sun, X., Chang, X., Zheng, H., Gong, B., Huang, Y., Yang, M., Wu, X., Li, X. and Liang, F. (2017). The Long-term Effect of Acupuncture for Migraine Prophylaxis. JAMA Internal Medicine, [online] 177(4), p.508. Available at: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/2603492 [Accessed 18 Nov. 2020].
(5). Sherman, R.A., Acosta, N.M., and Robson, L. (1999). Treatment of Migraine With Pulsing Electromagnetic Fields: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, [online] 39(8), pp.567–575. Available at: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11279973/ [Accessed 18 Nov. 2020].