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Acupuncture for Tennis Elbow-

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Traditional treatment of tennis elbow consists of therapies such as braces, medications, heat, physical therapy and rest, the majority of which are effective in relieving pain but do very little to prevent the condition from recurring.

Many of us have experienced a painful elbow from time to time after a golf game, raking the lawn, or a long session on the computer. Usually it clears up after a few days’ rest. But for a lot of people, the pain doesn’t go away, and they eventually have to go in for treatment. Elbow pain is caused by inflammation of the tendons that attach the lower arm bones to the upper arm is usually called "tennis elbow." It can also be called tendonitis of the elbow, or sometimes "golf elbow” or lateral epicondylitis.

Western Medicine recommends an approach that starts with basic care like resting the elbow, avoiding overuse, and wearing a brace. Next, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory drugs, or pain killers are tried. Finally, steroid injections (cortisone shots) may be used in an effort to reduce the inflammation.

In China, acupuncture is the first choice of doctors and their patients in the treatment of tennis elbow. More radical approaches like surgery or steroid injections are a last resort.

Acupuncture may be used as a primary treatment for tennis elbow. Acupuncture promotes healing by increasing blood flow. Acupuncture induces muscle and tendon relaxation around the elbow joint and improves energy while reducing pain, enhancing the body’s natural healing abilities. Many acupoints are near nerves. When stimulated through acupuncture, these nerves release endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. In addition to acupuncture therapy applied to the hand and elbow areas, a Chinese herb called moxa may be applied to warm the area, reduce pain, and improve blood circulation.

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