Acupuncture and Tendonitis
Acupuncture can be helpful in treating Tendonitis. Acupuncture may be used in the
immediate vicinity of the Tendonitis to help address muscular dysfunction. Acupuncture
treatment may also use more distant points along the energy meridians to help address pain
and reduce inflammation. Acupuncture may also have significant benefits in creating an
optimum environment for healing of the tendon fiber to take place.
Studies about Acupuncture and Tendonitis
In 1997, the National Institutes of Health reported that
acupuncture may be an effective therapy for tennis elbow. In addition, two studies
examining the effect of acupuncture on this and other types of Tendonitis have found that
acupuncture provides better pain relief than placebo.
Acupuncturists report that patients with Tendonitis frequently exhibit a primary
deficiency in the liver meridian, with a relative excess in the gallbladder meridian. In
addition to needling treatment on the liver meridian and the supporting kidney meridian,
treatments using moxibustion (a technique in which the herb mugwort is burned over
specific acupuncture points) may also be included. Needling and/or moxibustion may also be
directly applied to painful areas and related sore points.
Tendonitis (also spelled tendinitis) is an inflammation of a tendon.
Generally tendonitis is referred to by the body part involved, such as Achillies
tendonitis (inflammation of the Achilles tendon), or patellar tendonitis
(jumper's knee; inflammation of the patellar tendon). Chronic overuse of tendons
leads to microscopic tears within the collagen matrix, which gradually weakens
the tissue. Tendonitis can also be associated with systemic inflammatory
diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.