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Do you recommend acupuncture for neuropathy?

I was diagnosed with diabetes a couple of years ago, and I recently started to experience neuropathy in my left foot. Should I try acupuncture to treat the nerve damage?

17 Answers

Absolutely. Acupuncture is very effective in treating all types of pain and it can even help you to manage your blood sugar levels.
Yes, there is extensive research on the benifits of acupuncture for naturopathy. The sooner you start treatments the faster it can be resolved.
Thank you for your question about the appropriateness of acupuncture for neuropathy. It is my experience that acupuncture can, in fact, be very helpful in improving circulation and thereby decreasing neuropathy.

Richard Mandell, Lic.Ac.
I have specifically focused my doctoral studies on neuropathy. The reason is because there is a high-demand for helping patients with neuropathy, because pharmaceutical medication just doesn't work!
It may take months, or maybe even a year of receiving treatment 2x a week. However, acupuncture can manage neuropathy throughout the week. Eventually, with enough treatments, I have heard of some patients completely curing their neuropathy through acupuncture.
This also includes other conditions such as: plantar fasciitis, chemotherapy neuropathy, and tingling along the extremities.
Acupuncture helps to relieve the chronic pain of neuropathy, as well as stimulates blood flow to help tissues recover from nerve damage. A small study published in 2007 in the European Journal of Neurology showed acupuncture to be more effective for improving symptoms of peripheral neuropathy than traditional medical care.
Good Afternoon,

1. Acupuncture is quiet effective to treat neuropathy.
2. Please make sure that you don't have any open lesion in the needling area.

Absolutely. Just this month, I have had several neuropathy patients referred to me by their primary physician to help with the condition. Most of those patients have already stopped needing to see me for neuropathy as they no longer have pain.
Yes, I have several patients who I am treating for neuropathy. Acupuncture can be very effective for this symptom, but it can take a while to get complete relief. The sooner you start, the less time it will take to start helping. Sticking with the diet they suggest for diabetes is also key.
Yes, DM induces neuropathy is a serious problem. Acupuncture has improved the symptom well. You need a series of treatment. Please start it ASAP.
Yes absolutely. Acupuncture can improve nerve conduction, increase blood flow to the effected limbs and prevent the progression of the neuropathy.
Yes. This is one therapy that can help with neuropathy. I wouldn't wait.
I recommend you try acupuncture for neuropathy. From my experience, it works great!
We've helped lots of people with nephropathy to reduce meds and control pain.
Acupuncture is very helpful with neuropathies and with diabetes. Be sure to find a trained professional a "Licensed Acupuncturist" and find one who is comfortable or who has worked with this issue before. If you don't get good results from the first practitioner (do give it a few tries before feeling it isn't working) don't give up. Find someone else.

Good luck.
Absolutely, acupuncture is great for nephropathy. In fact, many research study support it. Many patients also noticed their glucose is controlled better.
Acupuncture is an excellent choice for managing all sorts of pain, including neuropathy and diabetic neuropathy. I've done quite a bit of work with both kinds of neuropathy patients and usually get excellent results. It might take 3 to 5 treatments to bring things under control, so be prepared to commit to a few sessions. For the best results, please make sure you're seeing an NCCAOM board certified acupuncturist. If your doctor hasn't already recommended someone, you can visit the "Find a Practitioner" link at to get a practitioner local to you.