For patients who are nervous about the use of acupuncture needles, or for children who may have had some difficult experiences with the medical profession, P.N.T. or "pain neutralization technique", provides an option that should be considered.
When the pain neutralization technique treatment is effective, elimination of painful ah shi points is very rapid. Within seconds, patients can detect a decrease in the pain at the ah-shi or trigger point. As these painful areas are neutralized and eliminated, changes occur throughout the nervous system.
Painful symptoms start to reduce as the areas of palpatory pain are gradually eliminated. Patients should notice some changes after a few sessions, though there are conditions which require a longer course of therapy. Some chronic or disorders of long standing may require ongoing treatment, just as with Oriental or Western medicines. Unfortunately, some conditions will not respond to pain neutralization techniques alone.
In many situations, a combination of methods leads to the best results. Just as with acupuncture and moxabustion, pain neutralization technique does not instantly cure a problem. Once a patient has reached a satisfactory level of relief, there might be a need for the occasional follow up.
Unlike drugs or surgical techniques and nerve blocks, pain neutralization does not create side effects, nor are there significant dangers to worry the patient or alarm the doctor.
Some trigger or ah-shi points may be a little tender to press, and the corrective massage maneuvers that are necessary may require some moderate pressure on muscles, tendons, or ligaments, but the pain neutralization technique treatment itself causes almost no discomfort. In fact, it can sometimes be quite pleasant.
One of the advantages of Oriental medicine is that a capable physician will always address the emotional aspect of pain. Neurology and psychiatry never developed as separate disciplines in the Orient, and all Oriental medical systems emphasize the need for practitioners to be aware of the interplay of feelings and how spiritual and emotional imbalances can lead to disease.
Feelings of fear, impatience, anxiety, anger, sorrow, or worry are always associated with acute and chronic diseases of all types, and it is the responsibility of the physician to include these in the plan of treatment.
Acupuncture, moxabustion, and dietary methods, including herbal medicine, are the mainstays of treatment for emotional distress at the level of the channels or internal organs, in addition to direct attention to the pain. Traditional meditational practices or certain "cognitive" exercises, as they are known in the West, can also be very beneficial.
Pain neutralization techniques can also have powerful effects on the emotional causes of pain as well as on the emotional imbalances which result from either acute or chronic pain.
If you would like to know more about pain neutralization technique or any of many methods that we use to address chronic disorders and pain, call us during office hours and we will be happy to discuss these with you.
Dr. L.B. Grotte, M.D., was the first physician in Ohio to be board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. He has studied Oriental medicine since 1972 and has practiced Oriental medicine in Cleveland for more than 33 years. Our small practice specializes in creating individualized treatment plans combining Western and Oriental methods. Call us at 440-461-7488 to make an appointment or visit our website for more information.