Two studies looking at the effect of acupuncture on tendinitis found that acupuncture provides pain relief.
What is Tendinitis?
Tendinitis happens when a tendon — which attaches muscle to bone — gets inflamed. You feel pain and tenderness right outside a joint. It often happens as a result of repetitive movements.
Treating Tendinitis with Acupuncture
According to traditional Chinese medicine, the body has more than 2,000 points that are connected by pathways or meridians, which create a flow of energy called Qi (“chee”). Stimulating these points is said to correct the imbalance of qi and improve the flow of energy.
Acupuncturists say that people with tendinitis frequently have 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 help. Needling and moxibustion may also be directly applied to painful areas and related sore points.