Acupuncture helps Heel Pain of Plantar Fasciitis

Acupuncture can help plantar fasciitis. Acupuncture has been found to provide relief from the pain of plantar fasciitis. Fifty-three patients were randomly assigned to receive acupuncture either at a point on the wrist traditionally considered to help heel pain, or as a control, at a point on the hand traditionally used for general pain relief. Treatment was given five times a week for two weeks. Both groups showed improvements, but the treatment group reported significantly greater reductions in morning pain, overall pain, and pressure pain threshold.

(Acupuncture Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis: A Randomised Controlled Trial with Six Months Follow-up. Evidence Based Complementary & Alt Medicine Nov 2009.)

Acupuncture for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Acupuncture for carpal tunnel syndrome. Researchers in Taiwan have found acupuncture for carpal tunnel syndrome is as effective as steroids in mild to moderate cases.

Seventy-seven patients were randomly assigned to receive either prednisolone for four weeks (20mg daily for two weeks then 10mg daily for two weeks), or acupuncture delivered in eight sessions over four weeks. Both groups showed considerable improvement, with no statistically significant difference between the two, but at week four, the acupuncture group showed a significant decrease in night time waking.

(Acupuncture in Patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Randomised Controlled Trial. Clinical Journal of Pain, May 2009.)